How did Taiping rebellion affect Hong Kong and Macau?

Dec 2014
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I'd seen claims online that Hong Kong was one of the places Chinese refugees fled to during the turmoil of the Taiping rebellion, but I'd be grateful if some more knowledgeable historians here could confirm that. In general I'm interested in what was the effect of the Taiping rebellion on Hong Kong and Macau?

Was there any spillover in to the two colonies (e.g. were there elements of the population there who may have supported the Taiping, were there any incidents of civil unrest in either of the two colonies, were British and Portuguese military there re-enforced to protect the areas from trouble)?
 

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