(in China) a group of rooms or buildings forming a warehouse, factory, etc.
one of the factories under foreign ownership formerly maintained at Canton.

1720–30; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) hòhng, equivalent to Chinese háng row of shops

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hong (hɒŋ)
1.  (in China) a factory, warehouse, etc
2.  (formerly, in Canton) a foreign commercial establishment
[C18: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect)]

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the guild of Chinese merchants authorized by the central government to trade with Western merchants at Guangzhou (Canton) prior to the first Opium War (1839-42). Such firms often were called "foreign-trade firms" (yanghang) and the merchants who directed them "hong merchants" (hangshang).

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