Admiralty, Hong Kong
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Admiralty skyline in August 2013
|Literal meaning||"Golden Bell"|
Admiralty is the eastern extension of central business district (adjacent to, but separate from, Central) on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. It is located on the eastern end of the Central and Western District, bordered by Wan Chai to the east and Victoria Harbour to the north. The name of Admiralty refers to the former Admiralty Dock in the area which housed a naval dockyard. The dock was later demolished when land was reclaimed and developed northward as the HMS Tamar naval base. The Chinese name, Kam-chung (金鐘), lit. Golden Bell, refers to a golden bell once housed at the dock.
The area split the urban area on the north shore of Hong Kong Island. The Hong Kong Government had tried many times to get the land from the British military to connect the two urban areas, but the military refused. It was not until the 1970s that the land was gradually returned to government and changed to commercial buildings and gardens.
The Admiralty Station of MTR was built on the former site of the Hong Kong dockyards which was built in 1878 and demolished in the 1970s. After completion, the area became increasingly known as Admiralty, rather than Central.
Pacific Place is a complex where a shopping mall, a number of hotels and office towers are located at. The complex is connected to the MTR Admiralty Station via an underground walkway. Queensway Plaza is a shopping centre located above Admiralty Station. Other major buildings in the area include British Consulate General Hong Kong, Admiralty Centre, United Centre, Far East Financial Centre, CITIC Tower, and the Lippo Centre Towers which house the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
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