Electric Road

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View of Electric Road, looking east, near AIA Tower.
Ngo Wong Temple along Electric Road.
Former clubhouse of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Electric Road.

Electric Road (Chinese: 電氣道) is a road in the Tin Hau and North Point areas of Eastern District, near the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, in 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.

History[edit]

Electric Road remained unnamed when the Hong Kong Tramway was completed in 1904. In 1913, Hongkong Electric built a new power plant 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 plant spurred the development of North Point. In 1929 after the improvement of the road, it was named 'Electric Road' after the power plant.[1] Before the completion of King's Road, it was the busiest road in North Point.

North Point Power Station was officially decommissioned in 1978. The site is now part of the large scale City Garden housing development.[2]

Features[edit]

  • Nos. 89 and 91 Electric Road are two tong lau built between 1947 and 1951[3]
  • Causeway Bay Market (No. 142)
  • Ngo Wong Temple (岳王古廟) (No. 150-160)[4]
  • Manulife Tower (No 169)
  • AIA Tower (No. 183)[5]
  • Former Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club clubhouse
  • Newton Hotel (No. 218)
  • Electric Road Municipal Services Building (No. 229)
  • City Garden, a private residential development (No. 233)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yanne, Andrew; Heller, Gillis (2009). Signs of a Colonial Era. Hong Kong University Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-962-209-944-9. 
  2. ^ 香港電機工程發展趣誌 [Development of Power Generation in Hong Kong]. 2006. ISBN 978-962-7619-20-8. 
  3. ^ Brief Information on No Grade Items. Item #1407
  4. ^ Agreement No. CE 43/2005 (EP), Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS). Final EIA Report, p. 12
  5. ^ Global Tall Building Database of the CTBUH