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Harcourt Road

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A view of Harcourt Road in 2006, with the still undeveloped Tamar site.
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Harcourt Road in 2011.

Harcourt Road (traditional Chinese: 夏慤道; simplified Chinese: 夏悫道; Cantonese Yale: ha6 kok3 dou6) is a major road in Admiralty in Hong Kong, connecting Central and Wan Chai, starting at Murray Road and ending at Arsenal Street.[1]

History

The road was built on the former Admiralty Dock in Central. After the reclamation of the dock, the road was built and named after H. J. Harcourt of the Royal Navy who received Hong Kong from Japan after World War II. Built after World War II, Harcourt Road was once a waterfront promenade and to ease congestion on Hong Kong Island.

The Harcourt Road Flyover at the western part of the road opened on 19 April 1966.[2] To link Harcourt Road with Queen's Road East and Garden Road, the Albany Nullah was decked over and a new road built called Kapok Drive (now Cotton Tree Drive). These flyovers and slip roads opened in the late 1960s.[3][4]

Along with Gloucester Road and Connaught Road Central, this part of the major highway running through Hong Kong will be replaced as a major thoroughfare by a new road to be constructed as a part of the Victoria Harbour reclamation phase 3, the Central–Wan Chai Bypass.

Events

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2014-10-28:protecters still occupying Harcourt Road

From 28 September 2014 to 11 December 2014, the Umbrella Revolution took place. Harcourt Road, transformed into Umbrella Square, was occupied for more than two months by protesters.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Yanne, Andrew; Heller, Gillis (2009). Signs of a Colonial Era. Hong Kong University Press. p. 73. ISBN 9789622099449. 
  2. ^ "Harcourt Road Flyover opens on Tuesday". South China Morning Post. 16 April 1966. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Flyover To Garden Road Open To Traffic Tomorrow". South China Morning Post. 3 August 1967. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Slip road opens tomorrow". South China Morning Post. 4 May 1968. p. 5. 
  5. ^ DeWolf, Christopher (30 March 2015). "A Revolution in Place". Urbanphoto. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 

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Harcourt Road
Preceded by
Gloucester Road
Harcourt Road Succeeded by
Connaught Road Central

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