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Harbour City (left side of the road) in the Tsim Sha Tsui section.
Canton Road is a major road in Hong Kong, linking the former west reclamation shore in Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok on the Kowloon Peninsula. The road runs mostly parallel and west to Nathan Road. It starts from the junction with Salisbury Road in the south and ends in the north at the junction with Lai Chi Kok Road in the Prince Edward area. The southern part Canton Road is home to many upscale retail shops, shopping centres and others business establishments, with busy traffic from both vehicles and pedestrians from morning till late night.
The road was originally named as MacDonnell Road. To avoid confusion with MacDonnell Road on the Hong Kong Island, its name changed to Canton Road in 1909. The roads in the area were mainly named after cities of China and Vietnam. The translator of Canton Road misinterpreted Canton as Guangdong (廣東) instead of the city of Canton (廣州).
Sections and features
Canton Road is not one continuous road, instead it is divided into 3 sections, interrupted by a major housing estate (Prosperous Garden) and disjointed by a traffic intersection (Jordan Road) as the result of urban development in the past hundred years.
The following list follows a south-north order. (W) indicates the western side of the road, while (E) indicates the eastern side.
Tsim Sha Tsui section
- (W) Star House, at the intersection with Salisbury Road and facing the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier Bus Terminus
- (E) Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound, at the intersection with Salisbury Road. A declared monument, it has been renamed "1881 Heritage" and re-developed into a shopping mall and hotel.
- (W) Harbour City, which contains the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, the Ocean Terminal, the Ocean Centre and The Gateway
- (E) One Peking office and shopping mall tower, at the junction with Peking Road
- (E) > junction with Peking Road
- (E) Silvercord (新港中心) and the Silvercord Arcade (No. 30), at the junction with Haiphong Road
- (E) > junction with Haiphong Road
- (E) > junction with Kowloon Park Drive
- (W) China Hong Kong City, which contains the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal
- (E) A small portion of Kowloon Park
- (E) Lai Chack Middle School (No. 180)
- (W) Tsim Sha Tsui Fire Station (No. 333)
- (E) Victoria Towers (No. 188), at the junction with Austin Road
- (E) > junction with Austin Road
- (W) Exit F of Austin MTR Station
- (W) [Demolished] Canton Road Government Offices (廣東道政府合署) (No. 393). It was one of the oldest remaining government office buildings at the time of its demolishion in 2011.
- (E) > junction with Bowring Street
- (W) > junction with Wui Cheung Road
- (E) King George V Memorial Park, Kowloon at the intersection with Jordan Road
Jordan to Yau Ma Tei section
The section starts at Jordan Road and ends at Public Square Street. The part of this section between Jordan Road and Kansu Street is sometimes called "Jade Street" because of the number of jewellery shops selling jade.
- (W) Giant jade stone near the intersection with Jordan Road (north side)
- (E) > junction with Nanking Street
- (E) > junction with Ning Po Street
- > intersection with Saigon Street
- (E) No. 578 Canton Road, a building proposed for conservation, at the intersection with Saigon Street
- (E) > junction with Pak Hoi Street
- > intersection with Kansu Street
- (W) Yau Ma Tei Police Station, a Grade III historic building, at the intersection with Public Square Street
Yau Ma Tei section
This very short section (about 30m long) starts at Tung Kun Street, north of Prosperous Garden and ends at the Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market, a Grade III historic building. This section is bordered by two schools:
- (W) Tung Koon District Society Fong Shu Chuen School
- (E) Wanchai Church Kei To School
Yau Ma Tei to Prince Edward section
- > intersection with Pitt Street
- (E) > junction with Hamilton Street
- > intersection with Dundas Street
- > intersection with Soy Street
- > intersection with Shantung Street
- > intersection with Nelson Street
- (W) > junction with Nam Tau Street
- (W) Mongkok Market Complex between the junctions with Nam Tau Street and Argyle Street
- > intersection with Argyle Street
- (W) China Cafe (No. 1081), a cha chaan teng featured in several Hong Kong films, including the 2001 Fulltime Killer, the 2003 PTU, the 2005 Election and the 2007 Whispers and Moans.
- (E) > junction with Fife Street
- > intersection with Mong Kok Road
- > intersection with Bute Street
- > intersection with Arran Street
- > intersection with Prince Edward Road West
- (W) No. 1235 Canton Road, tong-lau proposed for conservation
West Rail Line
It was proposed that a station, Canton Road on the Kowloon Southern Link of the West Rail Line extension, could be built beneath the Tsim Sha Tsui section of the road, outside Harbour City. The plan was put off after unsuccessful negotiation between KCRC and The Wharf on financial arrangement. Another station, Austin, near the junction of Canton Road and Wui Cheung Road in Kwun Chung opened in August 2009.
Tsim Sha Tsui section
Canton Road along Harbour City at night, looking south
- Shanghai Street, a 2.3 km long street, generally parallel to Canton Road and Nathan Road
- List of streets and roads in Hong Kong
- The Hong Kong Government Gazette, March 19, 1909
- Silvercord official website
- Film Services Offices: Canton Road Government Offices
- Hong Kong Tourism Board: Theme Shopping Streets
- Film Services Office: Canton Road (between Jordan Road and Kansu Street)
- "Giant jade lure in survival fight", The Standard. 25 June 2008
- Jade Market & Jade Street. Hong Kong Tourism Board
- Brief Information on Proposed Grade III Items, pp. 997–998
- Kinoshita, Hikaru (2001). "Chapter 2: The Street Market as an Urban Facility in Hong Kong". In Miao, Pu. Public places in Asia Pacific cities: current issues and strategies. Springer. pp. 71–86. ISBN 978-0-7923-7083-3.
- 中國冰室 China Cafe
- "Cha Chaan Chow", HK magazine 18 September 2009
- Fulltime Killer – China Cafe. Hong Kong on Film
- "They Haven't Torn It Down... Yet", HK magazine 11 January 2008
- "48 hours in cinematic Hong Kong", The Vancouver Sun 24 April 2008
- Brief Information on Proposed Grade III Items, pp. 625–626
- bloomberg.com "Hong Kong Recession Cuts Jobs at Hard Rock, Retailer, SCMP Says", Bloomberg. 15 November 2008
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