On December 19, 1984, the United Kingdom agreed to return the territory of Hong Kong to China. Hong Kong consists of several islands and the West Kowloon peninsula on the south coast of China. With more than 7 million people living in just 1,104 square kilometers (426 square miles), the region is one of the most densely populated in the world.
Hong Kong had been a British colony for more than a hundred years, and officially changed hands on July 1, 1997. Today, Hong Kong is one of two “special administrative regions” of China (the other is nearby Macau). These regions enjoy greater social and economic sovereignty than provinces in mainland China.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry coast Noun
edge of land along the sea or other large body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: coast consist Verb
to be made of.
heavily or crowded.
having to do with money.
body of land surrounded by water.
Encyclopedic Entry: island peninsula Noun
piece of land jutting into a body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: peninsula province Noun
division of a country larger than a town or county.
Encyclopedic Entry: province region Noun
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region territory Noun
land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.