administrative region of China (since July
1, 1997), on the South China Sea
: it consists of a principal
island (Hong Kong Island
islands, Kowloon Peninsula, and an adjacent
mainland area (New Territories
): a former
British crown colony: c.
421 sq mi
(1,090 sq km); pop. 5,674,000
city of this region; seaport
on Hong Kong Island: pop. c.
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