Salisbury Road, Hong Kong

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Salisbury Road
HK TST The Peninsula Hotel HK Hankow Road.JPG
The road sign of Salisbury Road on the exterior wall of The Peninsula Hotel
Chinese 梳士巴利道
Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Salisbury Road by the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui East.
Nearby location as above, looking in the opposite direction.

Salisbury Road (/ˈsɒlzbri/; Chinese: 梳士巴利道, formerly 梳利士巴利道) is a major road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It runs parallel to Victoria Harbour, starting from its western end at the Star Ferry Pier, passing by Blackhead Point, to Tsim Sha Tsui East. It intersects with several major roads in the area, including Canton Road, Kowloon Park Drive, Nathan Road and Chatham Road South, and connects to the Hung Hom Bypass at its eastern end.

History[edit]

Naming[edit]

The road was named after Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, who served as the British Prime Minister in late 19th century.

The original transliteration of the road in Chinese, "梳利士巴利道", failed to account for the fact that the i in the word is silent. The Hong Kong Government corrected the transliteration in the 1970s by dropping the second character "利", and adopting the current name "梳士巴利道".

Railway[edit]

Salisbury Road was extended westwards to the tip of Tsim Sha Tsui in 1904.[1] Train and ferry termini were erected at its end. The Kowloon–Canton Railway originally ran along Salisbury Road, and its terminus Kowloon Station was located at the western end of road. The terminus was moved to Hung Hom in 1974, and the station complex at Salisbury Road (except the Clock Tower) was demolished. However, the KCR returned to the area in 2004, when the East Rail extension was opened. The extension runs underneath Salisbury Road, with its station East Tsim Sha Tsui Station located underneath the intersection of Salisbury Road and Chatham Road South.

Landmarks[edit]

Several Hong Kong landmarks and points of interest are located along or near Salisbury Road, including the Star House, the 1881 Heritage complex (including the Former Marine Police Headquarters and the Old Kowloon Fire Station), the Peninsula Hotel, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower. The Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade, which runs alongside the road, offers a spectacular view of the Hong Kong skyline across the Victoria Harbour.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steven Ribet and Amy Tse, Making the connection, The Standard, 1 September 1999

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hong Kong Guide 2006, Survey and Mapping Office, Government of Hong Kong.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°17′42″N 114°10′24″E / 22.29497°N 114.17340°E / 22.29497; 114.17340