Johnston Road

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View of the eastern part of Johnston Road, near the Caltex gas station. Looking southwest.
The renovated building at Nos. 60-66 Johnston Road
Chinese Methodist Church at the western end of Johnston Road.
Old entertainment and a tram stop in Johnston road

Johnston Road (traditional Chinese: 莊士敦道; simplified Chinese: 庄士敦道; pinyin: Zhuāngshìdūn Dào; Cantonese Yale: jong1 si6 deun1 dou6) is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong.


Johnston Road spans from the junction with Heard Street, Hennessy Road and Stewart Road are at its east towards another junction with Hennessy Road and Queensway at its west near Asian House. It is shaped like a bow with the string being Hennessy Road and the Caltex gas station, Southorn Playground and Methodist House in between.


The road was named after Alexander Robert Johnston, the British Deputy Superintendent of Trade during the First Opium War. He was the government administrator even before Sir Henry Pottinger was appointed the first Hong Kong governor in 1842.[1] The story that the street was named after Sir Reginald Johnston was actually a myth.[1]

The road is built on the margin of the oldest building cluster in Wan Chai. Many Hong Kong residents are trying to preserve the old buildings and trees from redevelopment. The century-old transport Hong Kong Tramways goes through the road with its first service opening in 1904.[1]

Although the road was named in 1920s, part of the road can be traced back to 1851 or earlier when the area was known as Praya East. The section from Spring Garden Lane to Wan Chai Road was known as Strand Road, for its proximity to the waterfront.


The entire route is in Wan Chai, Wan Chai District.

Hennessy RoadTo/from westbound Hennessy Road
0.040.025Mallory StreetAccess from Mallory Street to westbound Johnston Road only
0.090.056Burrows Street
Thompson Road
0.250.16Fleming Road / Wan Chai Road
0.300.19Triangle Street
0.350.22Tai Wo Street
0.390.24Stone Nullah Lane
0.400.25O'Brien Road
0.440.27Tai Yuen Street
0.470.29Spring Garden Lane
0.530.33Amoy Street
0.560.35Swatow StreetWestbound only
0.600.37Luard Road
0.640.40Ship Street
0.690.43Lun Fat Street
0.750.47Gresson Street
0.800.50Li Chit StreetClosed to traffic
0.840.52Landale StreetAccess from Landale Street to westbound Johnston Road only
0.870.54Hennessy RoadTo/from westbound Hennessy Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


The faster transport MTR is located near the road with some exits of Wan Chai Station nearby.

In popular culture[edit]

American TV show The Amazing Race 30 has once set a Pit Stop on this road at the junction shown here.

This road and its junction with Wan Chai Road was a Pit Stop in the eleventh leg of the reality TV show The Amazing Race 30.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Wordie, Jason (2002). Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 962-209-563-1.
  2. ^ OpenStreetMap contributors. Johnston Road (Map). OpenStreetMap. Retrieved 23 March 2016.

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Coordinates: 22°16′36″N 114°10′16″E / 22.27656°N 114.17099°E / 22.27656; 114.17099