Des Voeux Road Central and
Des Voeux Road West are two roads on the north shore of the Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong.
They were named after the 10th Governor of Hong Kong
, Sir George William Des Vœux
name was predominantly spelt with the ligature œ
pre-war documents but is nowadays spelt officially as Des
in 1857, the northern shore of Hong Kong Island (also known as
City) underwent a series of reclamations under
then-Governor Sir John Bowring.
phase of the Praya Reclamation
Scheme had a direct affect on this current street, which used
to be known as Praya Central during the
Bowring's plans were opposed by British
merchants who held lands in the Central area, and in response, the
government instead commenced work in land reclamation in the
Chinese-populated Western District. By the time the reclamation was
extended to Central, the newly reclaimed land in Western had
already been settled, and there was a discontinuity between the two
roads running along the western and middle portions of the
reclaimed shoreline. Upon completion, the roads were named Bowring
Praya West and Bowring Praya Central respectively.
Another series of extensive reclamation projects began in 1887
under then-Governor Des Voeux. Upon completion in 1904, Bowring
Praya West and Bowring Praya Central (which by then were situated
inland from the shoreline) were respectively renamed Des Voeux Road
West and Des Voeux Road Central per the orders of then-Colonial Secretary
Governor Francis Fleming
visit to Hong Kong in 1890.
Des Voeux Road Central
Des Voeux Road Central runs from Western to Central. It begins at the
intersection with On Tai Street in
Western and merges with Queen's Road Central where it becomes Queensway (and, later, Hennessy Road).
Des Voeux Road West
Des Voeux Road West runs from Western Shek Tong Tsui
. It reaches an
alignment several blocks down at the junction with Connaught Road
West and becomes Kennedy Town Praya in Shek Tong
From 1942 to 1945, the road was renamed Shōwa
-dori by the Japanese occupation
Des Voeux Road Central is shared between motor traffic and the
, with tracks and
reserved lanes for the trams laid in the middle of the road. A
runs along the road for most of
its length. Part of the MTR Island Line
also runs underneath the Des
Voeux Road, currently terminating at Sheung Wan Station
near the Western Market
Due to the discontinuity between Des Voeux Roads Central and West,
the tram line takes a detour along Connaught Road West and then
continues along Des Voeux Road West towards Kennedy Town
Central-Mid-Levels escalators link Des Voeux Road Central with Conduit Road in
the Mid-levels, passing through narrow streets.
- Wordie, Jason.  (2002) Streets: Exploring Hong Kong
Island. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. ISBN
- Leung, To (1992). Origins of Hong Kong Street Names.