Connaught Road


Connaught Road
Connaught Road, Hong Kong
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Connaught Road at Pedder Street, with the Duke's statue on the right. (1919)
Traditional Chinese 干諾道
Simplified Chinese 干诺道

Connaught Road refers to one major road and its western extension on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Connaught Road Central is a main thoroughfare that runs the length of Central, parallel to the north shore. It runs from approximately Admiralty in the east, where it connects into Harcourt Road, to the Shun Tak Centre in the west, where the road becomes Connaught Road West.

Connaught Road West (干諾道西) runs towards the Kennedy Town and Pok Fu Lam areas in the west. For most of the stretch, Connaught Road West runs beneath the Connaught Road West Flyover, (Route 4). It is the main thoroughfare to the entrance of the Western Harbour Tunnel and beyond to Shek Tong Tsui, where it merges with Des Voeux Road.

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History

This road was once a waterfront promenade with boats docked against the northern side of the road. In 1889, the north shore of Victoria City was under extensive reclamation. At the time of the prince's visit, Francis Fleming, then acting governor, announced a new road extension beginning from the old "Bowring Praya", which was to be renamed Des Voeux Road. The new praya would be named Connaught Road, after Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn[1] when he visited Hong Kong in 1890. A statue of the Duke once occupied the junction of Pedder Street[1].

1911 map showing Connaught Road on the Central waterfront, and its many piers.

Connaught Road West was lined with many piers in the past. Rice wholesalers gathered there owing to its proximity to the shore. Due to reclamation of the harbour, the whole of Connaught Road has now become landlocked.

Structures with frontage on Connaught Road

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See also

Connaught Road
Hong Kong Route 4 Chronology
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Preceded by
Western Terminus
Connaught Road Central and West Succeeded by
Harcourt Road

Coordinates: 22°16′51.60″N 114°9′46.80″E / 22.281°N 114.163°E / 22.281; 114.163

References

  1. ^ a b Jason Wordie, Land-grabbing titans who changed HK's profit for good, April 18, 1999

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