Prince Edward Road
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|Prince Edward Road East|
|Prince Edward Road West|
Prince Edward Road East and Prince Edward Road West are roads in Kowloon, Hong Kong, going in an east-west direction and linking Tai Kok Tsui, Mong Kok, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon City and San Po Kong (outside the retired Kai Tak Airport).
The roads were named after Prince Edward in 1922, later Edward VIII of the United Kingdom (later The Duke of Windsor), after his visit to Hong Kong.
Prince Edward Road
In the beginning of the 1920s, the Hong Kong government was developing the Mong Kok district and decided to build a road connecting this to Kowloon City. In April 1922, Prince Edward came to Hong Kong and visited the construction of this road. Due to this visit, the government named this road Prince Edward Road. In the 1930s, Prince Edward Road was extended to the area of Ngau Chi Wan. During Japanese occupation, the road was renamed as Kashima-dori (鹿島通り).
Prince Edward Road West
Prince Edward Road West is a road between Tai Kok Tsui, Mong Kok, Kowloon Tong and Kowloon City. This road was originally named Edward Avenue (宜華徑) before 1924. It was later renamed Prince Edward Road (英皇子道) in 1924, and in 1958 the Chinese name was changed from what was literally "British Royal Prince Road" to a new name (太子道) that is literally "Crown Prince Road" . In 1979 it became the Prince Edward Road West.
Prince Edward Road West starts from Kowloon City where it succeeds Prince Edward Road East. It runs across Kowloon City and Prince Edward, and ends at Tai Kok Tsui at an intersection with Tong Mi Road and West Kowloon Corridor.
It is worth noting that the section of Prince Edward Road West from Olympic Park to Nathan Road runs unidirectionally from east to west. Boundary Street serves as its complement by providing a nearby route which runs from west to east.
Prince Edward Road East
Prince Edward Road East is a road between Kowloon City and San Po Kong. It was originally the Sai Kung Road and later part of the Clear Water Bay Road. It later became part of the Prince Edward Road. In 1979 it became the Prince Edward Road East.
The modern Prince Edward Road East starts from Choi Hung Interchange, where it meets Clear Water Bay Road to the northeast and Kwun Tong Road to the southeast. Then it goes west along the boundary between San Po Kong and the retired Kai Tak Airport, and finally ends at Olympic Park in Kowloon City, where it branches into three roads, Ma Tau Chung Road, Argyle Street and Prince Edward Road West.
Notable places along the road
- Mong Kok Police Station
- Diocesan Boys' School
- Mong Kok Stadium
- Kowloon Hospital
- St Teresa's Hospital (#327)
- Olympic Park
- former Kai Tak Airport
- Prince Edward Station
On May 9, 2005, a dozen stacks of shelving on a construction site next to the road fell off due to adverse weather conditions. The relevant section of the road was closed, leading to a severe disruption of traffic among East Kowloon, and affecting more than 100,000 people.
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