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Hong Kong (Chinese: é¦æ¸¯) is one of two
special administrative regions (SAR) of the People's Republic of China; the
other is Macau. Situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl
River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline
and deep natural harbour.
China is one of the world's oldest civilizations
and is regarded as the oldest continuous civilization. Prior to the 19th
century, it possessed one of the most advanced societies and economies in
the world. In the 19th and 20th century, imperialism, internal weakness and
civil wars damaged the country and its economy, and led to the overthrow of
imperial rule. In 1949, after major combat ended in the Chinese Civil War,
two states calling themselves "China" emerged: The People's Republic of
China (PRC), established in 1949, commonly known as China, has control over
mainland China and the largely self-governing territories of Hong Kong
(since 1997) and Macau (since 1999). The Republic of China (ROC) established
in 1912 in mainland China, now commonly known as Taiwan, has control over
the islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu.
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