Central & Western Districts          中西區
Central District was the first area of planned urban development in Hong Kong. The site of Victoria City was also the capital during
the colonial era. The British held a land sale in June 1841, 6 months after the flag was raised at Possession Point. 51 lots of land were
sold to 23 merchant houses to build offices and warehouses. Some of the property buyers included Dent's, Jardine's, Russell's and
Olyphant's. At the time, the 2 roads Albany Nullah (now Garden Road) and Glenealy Nullah (now Glenealy Road) were mainly reserved
for British use. The streets later became known as Government Hill.

In 1857, the British government expanded Victoria City and divided it into seven districts. The ones located in present-day Central
and Western are: Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Tai Ping Shan, Central. The area was essentially a European area until 1860 when
Chinese merchants begin buying up European properties around Cochrane Street, Wellington Street and Pottinger Street. The
Central district was the principal European business district, hence the arrival of the first large scale bank HSBC. The Western
district was the commercial centre for Chinese businesses. When the value of the district raised, a meeting was held in February
1866 to establish a "District Watch Force" to police and protect this specific area.

In 1880, Shek Tong Tsui was established, followed by Kennedy Town in the 20th century. By 1890s the majority of Hong Kong's
population was concentrated in the district with about 200,000 residents, mostly in Victoria City.
Two International Finance Centre - the tallest building in Hong Kong. Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
 
Citibank Tower, Cheung Kong Center, Bank of China Tower in Central Business District of Hong Kong
 
Jardine House reflected in another Central District office highrise
Two International Finance Centre
Finance Street, Central
  Citibank Tower, Cheung Kong Center,
Bank of China Tower
  Jardine House Reflection
Connaught Road, Central
Traditional lanterns hanging outside roadside stall in Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
 
Houses of Worship...
 
View from The Peak looking east
Lanterns on display in Peel Street
  St. John's Cathedral
and Cheung Kong Center
  View from The Peak looking east
Two very distinct highrises, the Bank of China Building and the Lippo (formerly Bond) Centre in Admiralty
 
Central as seen from a ferry in Victoria Harbour...
 
Now demolished, the chimes of the old Star Ferry Clock Tower rang out over Central for 49 years...
Lippo Centre & Bank of China Tower,
Admiralty, Hong Kong Island
  Central
as seen from ferry in Victoria Harbour
  Clock Tower
Old Star Ferry Pier
 
Drinks stall on Graham Street in Central Hong Kong
 
Pak Tsz Lane is a public thoroughfare
Vegetable Stall on Gage Street
Hong Kong Island
  Orange Juice Stall on Graham Street
Hong Kong Island
  Pak Tsz Lane
Gage Street Entrance
Famous milk tea stall on Gage Street in Central Hong Kong
 
Electric trams have carried Hong Kong people along the northern shore since 1904
 
Lantern and Incense Shop on Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong island.
Milk Tea Stall on Gage Street
Hong Kong Island
  Tram Tracks
Queen's Road Central
  Hong Kong Island
One of the few old buildings left in Hong Kong
 
Ngau Kee Food Café, a well-known beef noodle restaurant on Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong island
 
Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun are full of shops selling dried seafood
Des Voeux Road West
Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island
  Beef noodle restaurant
Gough Street, Hong Kong Island
  Dried Seafood Shops
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Reduced to clear...
 
Coffins for sale on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
 
This former mental hospital has now been modernixzed and turned into a community centre...
Ceramic Vases On Sale
Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
  Coffins for sale
Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
  Former Mental Hospital
High Street, Central
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