Chater Road is a three-lane road in Central, Hong Kong named after Sir Paul Chater. It begins at its intersection with Pedder Street and Des Voeux Road Central in the west, ends at Murray Road in the east, it divides Statue Square into a northern sections. Chater Road is named after Sir Paul Chater, a leading figure in early colonial Hong Kong, instrumental in the Praya Reclamation Scheme, which created the reclaimed land on which the road is built. Chater House, owned by Hongkong Land, is located at the western end of the road, which abuts the dedicated Chater Garden, a public square in the middle of the central business district. Since the growth in the number of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, the road is now closed on Sundays and on Hong Kong bank holidays, when the road and surrounding areas are full of domestic helpers gathering and enjoy their day off work. Impromptu parties with music and dancing are frequent. All of the people share picnics with their friends. Points of interest along the road include: Chater House St George's Building Alexandra House Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prince's Building Statue Square World War I cenotaph Court of Final Appeal Building Hong Kong Club Building AIA Central Chater GardenThe former Furama Kempinski Hotel was located along the road as well.
The hotel has been replaced by the AIG Tower renamed AIA Central. Part of the MTR's Tsuen Wan Line runs underneath the road, the Tsuen Wan Line station serving the area was called Chater in English, it was renamed Central together with the Island Line Pedder station nearby. List of streets and roads in Hong Kong Google Maps of Chater Road
Glenealy, Hong Kong
Glenealy is one of the few roads or streets without a suffix in Hong Kong. Located in the Mid-levels on the Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, it starts from Ice House Street and goes uphill to Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, across Robinson Road and ends at Hornsey Road and Conduit Road. Glenealy was the short form of a valley called Glenealy Ravine; the valley separates the Government Hill in the east and Pedder's Hill in the west. Alternatively, the valley was known as Elliot's Vale, after Charles Elliot, at the beginning and a road from Robinson Road leading to the house named Glenealy on the site of present Roman Catholic Cathedral is known as Elliot Crescent. Vale in Elliot's Vale means a river runs from Victoria Peak down to Central; the Elliot Vale name seems, however. The name Glenealy was restored after Elliott's administration ended, with a new suffix of "ravine", a fitting name in view of its steepness. Glenealy was the name of a mansion in the Victorian era, it belonged to an American opium trader, Warren Delano Jr. grandfather of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States of America.
The mansion gave way to the Catholic Cathedral of Hong Kong, whose construction commenced in 1883. The present address of the cathedral is 16 Caine Road. Another Glenealy landmark is the 100-year-old Anglican Sheng Kung Hui St Paul's Church, whose gates open to Wyndham Street. St. Paul's College was founded here too, as a school for boys, it was closed in 1941 due to the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong. After the war it was amalgamated with St. Paul's Girls' School to become St. Paul's Co-educational College, a new campus was built away from Glenealy, it is one of the steepest roads in Hong Kong with public transport. It has a gradient of 1:5 in the Robinson Road to Conduit Road section, with Route 2*, 3, 3A and 45A passing this road, congested; the other 1:5 roads used by public transport in Hong Kong are Aberdeen Reservoir Road, Breezy Path and Castle Road. The present Glenealy "street" is short, running from number 1 to 10 only; the nearest point to reach Glenealy 1 is to walk uphill from the Hong Kong Fringe Club, while the nearest point to reach Glenealy 10 is to walk downhill from Caine Road near the Caritas House, through the short pedestrian subway.
A total of 3 Glenealy street signs can be found - one is tucked away at the far end at the bottom of the hill where it can hardly be seen, one is hoisted at Sheng Kung Hui St Paul's Church near the Hong Kong Fringe Club yet no street number is mentioned. The 3rd sign, hoisted at the top of the Caritas House, is the only street sign showing the street number. A section about Glenealy Map: Glenealy, Hong Kong
Wan Chai is a metropolitan area situated at the western part of the Wan Chai District on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. Its other boundaries are Canal Road to the east, Arsenal Street to the west and Bowen Road to the south; the area north of Gloucester Road is referred to as Wan Chai North. Wan Chai is one of the busiest commercial areas in Hong Kong with offices of many small and medium-sized companies. Wan Chai North features office towers, hotels and an international conference and exhibition centre; as one of the first areas developed in Hong Kong, the locale is densely populated yet with noticeable residential zones facing urban decay. Arousing considerable public concern, the government has undertaken several urban renewal projects in recent years. There are various landmarks and skyscrapers within the area, most notably the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Central Plaza and Hopewell Centre. Wan Chai began as Ha Wan meaning "a bottom ring" or "lower circuit".
As one of the earliest developed areas in Hong Kong along the Victoria Harbour, Sheung Wan, Sai Wan and Wan Chai are collectively known as the four rings by the locals. Wan Chai means "a cove" in Cantonese from the shape of its coastal line; the area is no longer a cove, due to drastic city development and continual land reclamation. Wan Chai was first home to the many Chinese villagers living along the undisturbed coastlines in proximity to Hung Shing Temple. Most of them were fishermen, who worked around the area near Hung Shing Temple overlooking the entire harbour. Hung Shing Ye, the God of the Sea, was one of the deities worshiped by the locals. With the growth of the British Hong Kong administration, centred in old Victoria, Wan Chai attracted those on the fringes of society, such as "coolie" workers, who came to live on Queen's Road East. A focal point of development at that time was a red-light zone. By the 1850s the area was becoming a Chinese residential area. There were dockyards on McGregor Street for building and repairing ships.
The edge of Sun Street, Moon Street and Star Street was the original site of the first power station in Hong Kong, operated by the Hongkong Electric Company, which began supplying power in 1890. One of the first water-front hospitals was the Seaman's Hospital, built in 1843, funded by the British merchant group Jardine's, it was sold to the British Royal Navy in 1873 and subsequently redeveloped into the Royal Naval Hospital. After the Second World War, the hospital was revitalised as the Ruttonjee Hospital and became one of the main public hospitals in Hong Kong; the district was home to several well-known schools. One of these schools was established by Mo Dunmei. Started as a shushu in 1919, the school was renamed Dunmei School in 1934 after him, it taught Confucian ethics. In 1936, the Chinese Methodist Church moved its building from Caine Road, Mid-levels Central, to Hennessy Road, Wanchai, a thoroughfare of the district running from west to east; this church building became the landmark of the district.
In 1998, this building was replaced by a 23-storey building. During the Japanese occupation in the early 1940s, many bombardments took place in Wan Chai. There were abundant incidences of cannibalism, starvation and abuses of the local population by the Japanese soldiers, including the illegal use of child labour. Senior residents could recall vividly how they survived the hardships: this oral history became an important, first-hand source of the harsh life conditions in Hong Kong under the Japanese period; the Dunmei school was closed during the Japanese occupation period. After the war, the school continued to provide Chinese education for children from families of higher income. During the 1950s the pro-Communist underground cell network Hailiushe established their headquarters at the rooftop of a multi-story house on Spring Garden Lane; this group was raided by the Hong Kong police. Prostitution has been one of the oldest occupations in Wan Chai. There are numerous historical accounts of women trading sex for western merchandise with sailors from trading ships visiting this area.
In the 1960s, Wan Chai became legendary for its exotic night life for the US servicemen resting there during the Vietnam War. Despite rapid changes of Wan Chai's demography from reclamation and redevelopment, the presence of sex workers operating among ordinary residential areas has continued to be a distinctive feature; some of the lifestyle was illustrated in past movies such as The World of Suzie Wong. Wan Chai's HKCEC has been home to major economic events, it was the site of the Hong Kong handover ceremony in 1997, in which the last governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, formally concluded the British chapter and transferred Hong Kong to China. The WTO Ministerial Conference in 2005 was one of the largest international events hosted in Hong Kong, with delegates from 148 countries participating. In May 2009, 300 guests and staff members at the Metropark Hotel in Wan Chai were quarantined, suspected of being infected or in contact with the H1N1 virus during the global outbreak of swine flu.
A 25-year-old Mexican man who had stayed at the hotel was found to have caught the viral infection. He had travelled to Hong Kong from Mexico via Shanghai. Wan Chai's coastal line has been extended outward after a series of land reclamation schemes. Early in 1841, the coastline was located at Queen's Road East; the first reclamation took place and new land
Gage Street is a street in Central, Hong Kong. It is on the lower hill and between the junction with Cochrane Street and Lyndhurst Terrace, Graham Street and Aberdeen Street; the street is a market. It is named after William Hall Gage; the 2013 novel Gage Street Courtesan by Christopher New depicts the European courtesans who lived in that street in the 19th century. List of streets and roads in Hong Kong Google Maps of Gage Street
Duddell Street is a small street located near the Lan Kwai Fong district in Central, Hong Kong. Named after George and Frederick Duddell, it stretches from Ice House Street to Queen's Road Central; the street is noted for containing the city's last four gas lamps. This short street includes, at its southern end, a flight of granite steps that were built between 1875 and 1889; the street was named in honour of Frederick Duddell. Both were landowners in the early days of the colony, having emigrated from Macau after the 1841 annexation of Hong Kong. George was an auctioneer and a significant property owner in the area around the present Duddell Street in the mid-19th century; when Frederick and his wife died, they were both buried back in Macau at the Old Protestant Cemetery. The street is famous for its four gas-powered street lamps. While all other street lamps in Hong Kong are now electric, these four still use town gas; the Hong Kong and China Gas Company continues the operation of the lamps as objects of historical interest.
Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps are Declared monuments of Hong Kong. Three of the four street lights have been destroyed on 16 September 2018 during Typhoon Mangkhut. In June 2009, Hong Kong retail design store G. O. D. Collaborated with Starbucks and created a store with a "Bing Sutt Corner" at their store on Duddell Street, it is a concept that fuses the retro bing sutt, a Hong Kong teahouse style with the contemporary look of a coffeehouse. In April 2012, the flagship store of clothing retailer Shanghai Tang was opened at 1 Duddell Street, known as the'Shanghai Tang Mansion', it is close to 1,400-square-metres in size and is the largest branch in the world, designed by Shanghai-based design firm Design MVW. Central and Western Heritage Trail List of streets and roads in Hong Kong Information from Film Services Office Google Maps of Duddell Street
Gutzlaff Street is a lane in the Central district of Hong Kong, crossing Stanley Street, Wellington Street, Gage Street and Lyndhurst Terrace. One of the oldest streets in Hong Kong, it was dedicated to the 19th-century Prussian Christian missionary Karl Gutzlaff, who worked for the British East India Company and the colonial Hong Kong government. Well-versed in several Chinese dialects, Gutzlaff is known as 郭實臘 or 郭士立 in Chinese documents. In 19th century, the street in Chinese was 郭士立街 recorded in several directories. Before the Second World War, the lane was known as "Red-haired Dame Street" by the locals, "red-haired" being a common adjective for describing Westerners. One version goes that, in the old days, western women in Hong Kong were seen near the street, as there were plenty of Chinese shoemakers, who were crafted in making western-style shoes, doing business in that area, hence the name and another nickname "Shoe Repairing Street". Another version goes that some western brothels operated there during the early days of colonial Hong Kong, hence the name.
Today the street is known by some local gourmets, as one of the few surviving dai pai dong is located there. Latest finding shown the tenements in Nos. 2-10 Gutzlaff Street was inhabited by a legendary and powerful lady Ng Akew, aka Hung Mo Kew. The popular name Hung Mo Kew Street was coined for Gutzlaff Street subsequently. List of streets and roads in Hong Kong "Shoe Repairing Street"
Hollywood Road is a street in Central and Sheung Wan, on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The street runs between Central and Sheung Wan, with Wyndham Street, Arbuthnot Road, Ladder Street, Upper Lascar Row, Old Bailey Street in the vicinity. Hollywood Road was the second road to be built when the colony of Hong Kong was founded, after Queen's Road Central, it was the first to be completed. The Man Mo Temple was a place for trial in early years. Hollywood Road was put up early in 1844; the street runs between Central and Sheung Wan, with Wyndham Street, Arbuthnot Road, Ladder Street, Upper Lascar Row, Old Bailey Street in the vicinity. It was named by Sir John Francis Davis, the second Governor of Hong Kong, after his family home at Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, England. Another origin mentioned for the name is that holly shrubs were growing in the area when the road was constructed; such plants would have been imported. Hollywood Road was the second road to be built when the colony of Hong Kong was founded, after Queen's Road Central.
It was the first to be completed. Like most major roads in the early years of the colony, Hollywood Road was built by the Royal Engineers. More than 100 years ago, Hollywood Road was rather close to the coastline. In those days, foreign merchants and sailors would put up the antiques and artefacts they "collected" from China for sale here on their way back to Europe; this is. The 1960 Hollywood film The World of Suzie Wong was shot in part in Hollywood Road. An old wood-built building was re-constructed as a bar for the movie. There was a Union Church in the street founded in 1844 by the Reverend James Legge, a Scottish missionary, sent to Hong Kong in 1843 by the London Missionary Society; the first Union Church was built in 1845 on Hollywood Road above Central. Every Sunday an English language service was held in the morning and a Chinese language service in the afternoon; the Church was relocated to a new site on Staunton Street. Hollywood Road is filled with trinket and antique shops of all sorts: from Chinese furniture to porcelain ware, from Buddha sculptures to Tibetan rugs, from Japanese netsukes to Coromandel screens, from Ming dynasty ceramic horsemen and kitsch Maoist memorabilia.
Known for antique shops, Hollywood Road has developed into a contemporary art district in Hong Kong. The first gallery to open was Plum Blossoms in 1987. From on, many galleries opened in the area. Man Mo Temple or Man Mo Miu is a sort of temple worshipping the Man Tai, Pau Kung and Mo Tai, Kwan Yu, to pray for good results in examinations in China; the one on the Hollywood Road was built in 1847. It has been managed by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals since 1908, it is a declared monument. Central Police Station was the first police station in Hong Kong; the oldest structure within the compound is a barrack block built in 1864. It is a three-storey building constructed alongside Victoria Prison. A storey was added to the mass in 1905. In 1919, Headquarters Block facing Hollywood Road was constructed. Subsequently in 1925, the two-storey Stable Block was constructed at the northwest end of the procession ground and used as a munitions store; the Police Station accompanied by the former Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison form a group of historical architecture representing law and order in Hong Kong.
The entire road is in Western District. Central-Mid-levels escalator Hollywood Road Park List of streets and roads in Hong Kong Soho China.org.cn.. Retrieved 1 Sep 2007 City in Architecture: Recent Works of Rocco Design Limited. Images Publishing Group. 2006. Pp. 84–95. ISBN 978-1-876907-22-8