Electric Road is a street in the north of Hong Kong Island in the Eastern District of Hong Kong. It spans from the Tin Hau area of Causeway Bay, across Fortress Hill of North Point and connects east onto Java Road in North Point. Electric Road remained unnamed when the Hong Kong Tramway was completed in 1904. In 1913, Hongkong Electric built a new power station on the new reclamation of North Point to replace the one in Wan Chai, its operation was delayed until summer 1919 because of World War I. The operation of the power station spurred the development of North Point. In 1929 after the improvement of the road, it was named'Electric Road' after the power station. Before the completion of King's Road, it was the busiest road in North Point. North Point Power Station was decommissioned in 1978; the site is now part of the large scale City Garden housing development. Nos. 89 and 91 Electric Road are two tong lau built between 1947 and 1951 Causeway Bay Market Ngo Wong Temple @Convoy AIA Tower Former Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club clubhouse North Point Fire Station Towngas Headquarters Hong Kong Funeral Home North Point Government Office Electric Road Municipal Services Building Kodak House City Garden, a private residential development Sea View Estate List of streets and roads in Hong Kong
Des Voeux Road
Des Voeux Road Central and Des Voeux Road West are two roads on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. They were named after the 10th Governor of Sir William Des Vœux; the name was sometimes spelt with the ligature œ in pre-war documents but is nowadays spelt as Des Voeux Road. Beginning in 1857, the northern shore of Hong Kong Island underwent a series of reclamations under then-Governor Sir John Bowring; the first phase of the Praya Reclamation Scheme had a direct effect on this current street, which used to be known as Praya Central during the Colonial Hong Kong era. Bowring's plans were opposed by British merchants who held lands in the Central area, in response, the government instead commenced work in land reclamation in the Chinese-populated Western District. By the time the reclamation was extended to Central, the newly reclaimed land in Western had been settled, there was a discontinuity between the two roads running along the western and middle portions of the reclaimed shoreline.
Upon completion, the roads were named Bowring Praya Central respectively. Another series of extensive reclamation projects began in 1887 under then-Governor Des Voeux. Upon completion in 1904, Bowring Praya West and Bowring Praya Central were renamed Des Voeux Road West and Des Voeux Road Central per the orders of then-Colonial Secretary and acting Governor Francis Fleming during the Duke of Connaught's visit to Hong Kong in 1890. From 1942 to 1945, the road was renamed Shōwa-dori by the Japanese occupation government. Des Voeux Road Central runs from Western to Central, it begins at the intersection with On Tai Street in Western and merges with Queen's Road Central where it becomes Queensway. Landmarks along Des Voeux Road Central include: 9 Queen's Road Central Alexandra House Bank of China Building, which houses the China Club Central Market Hang Seng Bank Headquarters Building HSBC Main Building, Hong Kong Man Yee Building Prince's Building Standard Chartered Bank Building Statue Square The Landmark Western Market Wing On House World-Wide House Des Voeux Road West runs from Western Shek Tong Tsui.
It reaches an alignment several blocks down at the junction with Connaught Road West and becomes Kennedy Town Praya in Shek Tong Tsui. Various groups have long proposed pedestrianising a section of Des Voeux Road Central; the idea was first proposed in 2000 by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners as a transport improvement scheme. The scheme was not implemented by the government at that time. A further study was done in 2014 in collaboration with the MTR and MVA, the leading traffic engineering firm in Hong Kong, to explore how the environment can be enhanced with the transport improvement scheme; the plan involves converting a 1.4 km section of Des Voeux Road Central, between Pedder Street and the Western Market, from a thoroughfare for motorised traffic to a pedestrian zone. The tramway would be maintained in situ and the cross-streets would remain open to traffic. Bus routes would be diverted onto Connaught Road; the pedestrian zone would remain open to delivery vehicles and emergency services.
With huge support from different stakeholder groups, the Very DVRC Event was launched on 25 September 2016 to raise people's awareness of walkability and open space issues in Hong Kong. The successful one-day trial demonstrated that the closure of DVRC to most traffic can, indeed, be accomplished without adverse impact on traffic and businesses. In January 2017, Walk DVRC Ltd, an NGO, was set up to take this initiative forward. Des Voeux Road Central is shared between motor traffic and the tram line, with tracks and reserved lanes for the trams laid in the middle of the road. A bus lane runs along the road for most of its length. Part of the MTR Island Line runs underneath Des Voeux Road. Due to the discontinuity between Des Voeux Roads Central and West, the tram line takes a detour along Connaught Road West and continues along Des Voeux Road West towards Kennedy Town; the Central-Mid-Levels escalators link Des Voeux Road Central with Conduit Road in the Mid-levels, passing through narrow streets.
A street called. The street no longer exists following extensive re-development of the area. List of streets and roads in Hong Kong Li Yuen Street East Leung, To. Origins of Hong Kong Street Names. Urban Council. Hong Kong Place: Hong Kong streets named after colonial governors Des Voeux Road Central Inititative
Sai Wan Ho
Sai Wan Ho is a residential area on the northeastern shore of Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, between Quarry Bay and Shau Kei Wan. It is part of the Eastern District, is administered together with surrounding areas under the Eastern District Council. Sai Wan Ho is conventionally agreed to extend between the Taikoo Shing Road, Shau Kei Wan Road and King's Road junction to the west, the Shau Kei Wan tram depot in the east, it is bounded by the Victoria Harbour to the north, mountains to the south. Sai Wan Ho is residential; the hill was once filled with squatter settlements, which were demolished and replaced with new residential buildings. Taikoo Shing, redeveloped from Taikoo Dockyard, spans the east end of the area. From the 1980s through the 2000s, extensive reclamation drastically reshaped the shore. Private housing estates were built near the new sea front, like Lei King Wan, Les Saisons and Grand Promenade. However, older buildings such as Tai On Building still remain further inland. Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, A community arts centre Hong Kong Film Archive Island East Sports Centre Sai Wan Ho Sports Centre Eastern Law Courts Building Sai Wan Ho Health Centre Aldrich Bay Park Sai Wan Ho Market, With Market and Cooked Food Centre Hong Kong Police Force Report Rooms, Traffic Hong Kong Island Sai Wan Ho Fire Station Sai Wan Ho Station, served by the Island Line Numerous buses and minibuses serve the area Coral Sea Shipping Services provide regular ferry services from Sai Wan Ho Ferry Pier to Kwun Tong and Sam Ka Tsuen Blue Sea Ferry provides regular ferry services from Sai Wan Ho to Tung Lung Island Sai Wan Ho Tram Depot, is the northern depot of the Hong Kong Tramways, between North Point and Shau Kei Wan Island Eastern Corridor Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College, Government aided co-educational grammar school Munsang College, Government aided co-educational grammar school Korean International School of Hong Kong, International school
Taikoo Dockyard and Engineering Company was a dockyard in what is now Taikoo Shing, MTR Tai Koo Station and part of Taikoo Place of Quarry Bay on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. The idea that John Swire and Sons should have their own dockyard in Hong Kong to service, repair and build vessels for The China Navigation Company was first put forward when the Sugar Refinery was established at Quarry Bay and surplus land remained on that site; the suggestion was made several times in the late 19th century but was opposed by John Samuel Swire as uneconomic and too far outside their usual interests. The need, for adequate and available overhaul facilities in the East increased and the dockyard was begun in 1900–01 at Quarry Bay, it was registered in Britain with John Swire & Sons appointed as London Managers, Butterfield & Swire Eastern Managers and Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company as expert advisers. The first ship for CNCo was built by 1910, but it was 16 years before there was a profit on the working account and 20 before a dividend was declared.
The dockyard's chief competitor was the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company from whom the new firm faced considerable hostility for many years until a working agreement was reached between them in 1913. Beginning in Colonial Hong Kong, Whampoa Dockyard Company and "Taikoo Dockyard and Engineering Company" were crucial for the economy. Together with the United Kingdom, these two docks in Hong Kong built the largest ships in the world in that era. China had multiple dockyards such as Shanghai Dock and Engineering Company in 1906, Tung Hwa Shipbuilding Works in 1910 and the Shanghai Dockyards Ltd in 1937. Though Hong Kong's dockyards always gave the British complete freedom in ship construction. In the 1930s Shanghai experienced difficult times through events such as the Battle of Shanghai in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Hong Kong's Taikoo Dockyard continued its own government training schools, which were superseded by Hong Kong's Technical College. By the Second World War other countries began building larger ships than Hong Kong.
In 1940 the British company went into voluntary liquidation so that a new one could be opened and registered in Hong Kong and the dockyard continued to expand after the Second World War despite the destruction caused by the Japanese in their occupation in 1942–45. The Swire Group subsequently decided to use the land to develop a large private housing estate, Taikoo Shing. Closing in the early 1970s, the operation merged with Whampoa Dockyard of Hutchison Whampoa to form a Hong Kong United Dockyard at the west coast of Tsing Yi Island on the western shore of new territories. Wuchang 1914 for the China Navigation Co – coal fired passenger ship on the Yangtze converted as submarine depot ship HMS Wuchang and in 1942 used as for the evacuation of Singapore. Whang Pu 1920 for the China Navigation Co – converted as submarine depot ship and in 1943 by the Royal Australian Navy as a mobile repair ship. Taishan 1925 for Jardine Matheson Co. Wusueh 1931 for the China Navigation Co. Shuntien 1934 for the China Navigation Co – 3,059 GRT passenger and cargo liner sunk by U-559 near Tobruk in 1941.
Po Yong 1941 for the China Navigation Co. The Hongs Hong Kong United Dockyard Cosmopolitan Dock Wildy, Merv. "Allied Chinese Ships WWII". Archived from the original on 29 October 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2010. WikiSwire website
Central and Western District
The Central and Western District located on northwestern part of Hong Kong Island is one of the 18 administrative districts of Hong Kong. It had a population of 243 266 in 2016; the district has the most educated residents with the second highest income and the third lowest population due to its small size. Central is the core urban area of Hong Kong. Western District covers Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun, parts of Lung Fu Shan; the district was part of City of the earliest urban settlement in colonial Hong Kong. Central District, as Victoria City, was the first area of planned urban development in Hong Kong during the colonial era; the British held a land sale in June 1841. A total of 51 lots of land were sold to 23 merchant houses to build warehouses; the property buyers included Dent's, Russell's and Olyphant's. At the time, the two roads Albany Nullah and Glenealy Nullah were used by the British; the streets became known as Government Hill. In 1857, the British government divided it into seven districts.
Those located in present-day Central and Western are: Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Tai Ping Shan, Central. The area was a European area until 1860 when Chinese merchants begin buying up European properties around Cochrane and Pottinger Streets; the Central district was the principal European business district, hence the arrival of the first major bank HSBC. The Western district was the commercial centre for Chinese businesses; when property values in the district rose, a meeting was held in February 1866 to establish a "District Watch Force" to police and protect this specific area. In 1880, Shek Tong Tsui was established, followed by Kennedy Town in the 20th century. By the 1890s the majority of Hong Kong's population was concentrated in the district with about 200,000 residents in Victoria City. District councils in Hong Kong are consultative bodies of the HKSAR government with limited powers restricted to building and maintaining parks, open areas and cultural activities and tourist promotion.
The corresponding body for the district is Western District Council. District council elections are held every four years. Fifteen constituency members are elected; the constituency areas are smaller than the used geographic areas, which are in turn based on the old 1857 and 1880 divisions. In Hong Kong's 2011 Census the district population was 251,519, down four percent from 261,884 in the 2001 census, with an average of 2.7 people for each of the 89,529 households. Among the 18 districts and Western has the second highest median household income in the territory. In terms of average size of households, it is third smallest at 2.8 persons, behind only Wan Chai and Yau Tsim Mong District, at 2.7 each. In 2016 census, the district population was reduced to 243,266 or down 3% from 2011. Central and Western District has a ethnically diverse population. 83% of the district's residents are Chinese, the largest ethnic groups are Filipinos and white people. 72% of the district's residents speak Cantonese as their primary language, while 14% use English and 3% use Mandarin.
The district is located at 22°17′00″N 114°09′00″E, based on the location of the General Post Office in Central. With an area of 12.4 km2, the district occupies the northwestern portion of Hong Kong Island. It is surrounded by Wan Chai District on the east, Southern District on the south, Victoria harbour in the north; the district encompasses Green Island and Little Green Island, two uninhabited islands to the west of Hong Kong Island. Areas from west to east along Victoria Harbour are: Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Central and other localities. Neighbourhoods within the district are listed from east to west. Queensway Central is the business centre of Hong Kong, many multinational financial services corporations have their headquarters there. Government Hill, the site of the government headquarters, is in Central; the Central-Mid-levels escalator in Hong Kong is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The system is 800 metres long, connecting Des Voeux Road Central, in Central with Conduit Road in the Mid-levels, passing through narrow streets in Soho.
The escalator runs downhill from 6 am uphill from 10:20 am to 12:00 am every day. Apart from its significance in transport linkage, it is a tourist attraction, with many restaurants and shops lining its route; the Bank of China Tower in Central houses the headquarters of BOCHK. Designed by I. M. Pei, the 70 storey building's height is 315 metres with two masts reaching 369 metres. Construction began in 1985 and the building was completed in 1989, it was the first building outside the United States to exceed 300 metres. It was the tallest building in Hong Kong and Asia from 1989 to 1992, when the nearby, taller Central Plaza was completed. Built in 1962, the City Hall complex housed the old central library of Hong Kong, as well as concert halls, restaurants and a marriage registry; the conference room of the former Urban Council was at the lower building of the City Hall. The garden at the north-western side of the complex includes a memorial to those killed in Hong Kong during World War II; the funnel-shaped Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces
Bridges Street is a 300-metre two-way street in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. On the east, the street intersects Staunton Street. On the west, it intersects Square Street; the west side of the street ends with a staircase. Therefore, to go to Hollywood Road, drivers must drive back to Aberdeen Street, its name comes from William Thomas Bridges, a British lawyer, Acting Attorney General and Acting Colonial Secretary, active in Hong Kong from 1851 to 1861. Bridges was an old friend of the 4th Governor of Hong Kong; the law firm established by Bridges became known as Deacons. Bridges Street Market. A Bauhaus style market opened in 1953, scheduled to be renovated and open in 2018 as a news museum, it was built on the site of the former American Congregational Mission Preaching House at which Dr. Sun Yat-Sen was baptised into Christianity in 1883. CentreStage, a new luxury landmark apartment near Soho, Hong Kong Ladder Street King's College Old Boys' Association Primary School; the Church of Christ in China China Congregational Church.
Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong Bridges Street Centre. Built in 1918 in Eclectic architectural style with Chicago School influence; the architects were Hussey of Chicago, which specialised in YMCA building design. The premises included the first indoor swimming pool in Hong Kong and sports playground with a jogging track, it is part of the Western Heritage Trail. Its central building was a Grade II historic building and was listed as a Grade I historic building in 2009. Island Christian Academy Bridges Street on Google Map
North Point is a mixed-use urban area in the Eastern District of Hong Kong. It is in the northeastern part of Hong Kong Island, between Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay, projects toward Kowloon Bay. North Point is bounded by Hing Fat Street to the west and by Mansion Street to the east, by Victoria Harbour to the north and Braemar Hill to the south; the Fortress Hill area forms the westernmost part of North Point, while the Tsat Tsz Mui area is located in its easternmost part. Parts of North Point have been inhabited since before the British arrived in the mid-19th century; the Metropole Hotel was built in 1899 and was used until 1906. In 1919, the Hongkong Electric Company started operation of the territory's second power station at North Point. In the 1920s, Ming Yuen Amusement Park became a popular entertainment venues on the Island. During the 1930s, the beaches of North Point became one of the most popular places for holding swimming gala in Hong Kong. In 1938, the North Point Refugee Camp was built to accommodate the influx of refugees from the Mainland.
The camp comprised 26 huts. Access to the camp was via Kam Hong Marble Road. During World War II, the camp was renamed the North Point Camp, used as a prisoner of war camp for captured Canadian soldiers during the Japanese occupation. During the Chinese Civil War, a large number of the rich and middle class from Shanghai fled to Hong Kong to escape the turmoil of war, many of them settled in North Point. In 1950, North Point became known as "Little Shanghai", since in the minds of many, it has become the replacement for the surrendered Shanghai in China; the first wave of emigrants introduced beauty parlours and barbershops. They learned Cantonese and intermarried with people of other dialect groups. During the 1950s, North Point was the premiere place of residence for these emigrants, leading to a massive population boom; the first school in Hong Kong to use Mandarin as the main medium of instruction and Chekiang Primary School, was founded in 1953 in North Point by these early Shanghainese immigrants.
Shanghai at the time was associated with leftist movements. The second group that moved to North Point were the Fujianese, who were displaced by political events in Southeast Asia. Small Indonesian specialist grocery shops selling coffee and bumbu are some of the remaining traces of their identity; the area became known as "Little Fujian". And Chun Yeung Street, one iconic place that you can find variety of traditional Fujianese food from the grocery shops, such as "misua", "tokwa", "tikoy", "lumpia" & "green bean cake". After Cantonese, Min Nan is the most spoken language here. Many Min Nan associations are based in North Point to bring people from the same towns or villages together. Several Min Nan-speaking churches are located in North Point to serve the Min Nan Christians. Today North Point comprises a mix of older Chinese buildings. Two public housing estates are located in North Point: Model Housing Estate, the oldest existing public housing estate in Hong Kong, with several blocks completed in 1954, Healthy Village.
City Garden, built from 1983 to 1986, is a private housing estate consisting of 14 blocks, each 28 storeys tall. Part of the site was occupied North Point Power Station before 1983. North Point Estate, beside the North Point Ferry Pier, was demolished in 2003. There are three government primary schools in North Point. Located at 888 King's Road, the North Point Government Primary School opened in 1954; the North Point Island Place Primary and Kindergarten School is located on Tanner Road and is in the Island Place Estate. The North Point Government Primary School abbreviated as NPCVR opened in 1954, is located at 22 Cloud View Road. All three schools are whole-day, co-ed and have nominated secondary school status with Shau Kei Wan GSS, Shau Kei Wan East GSS and Clementi Secondary School. Located near Tin Hau Station is Island Children's Montessori School & Kindergarten, an international school providing playgroup, nursery and summer camp programs. Established in 2008, it was chosen as one of the top kindergartens in Hong Kong by Asia Tatler in 2011.
The Hong Kong Japanese School's Secondary Section is on Braemar Hill in North Point. The Chinese International School is located on Hau Yuen Path in Braemar Hill and is a private, co-educational school providing education to students from Reception to Year 13. Established in 1983, the school has a diverse student body with over 30 nationalities represented. Secondary school students pursue the IB Primary Years Programme before moving on to the IB Diploma. North Point is served by the Island Line and the Tseung Kwan O Line of the MTR rapid transit railway system. North Point Station is the terminus of the Tseung Kwan O Line. There is Island Eastern Corridor, serving North Point. North Point is served by Hong Kong Tramways, of which it is one of the seven terminal points. Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus have routes through North Point. Hongkong and Yaumati Ferry services connect North Point Ferry Pier to various places in Hong Kong, including Hung Hom, Kowloon City, Kwun Tong. During the annual Tin Hau Festival, special ferries operate from North Point Ferry Pier to Joss House Bay.
North Point is served by public light buses. Streets in North Point include: List of a