Canton Road is a major road in Hong Kong, linking the former west reclamation shore in Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok on the Kowloon Peninsula. The road runs mostly parallel and west to Nathan Road. It starts from the junction with Salisbury Road in the south and ends in the north at the junction with Lai Chi Kok Road in the Prince Edward area. The southern part Canton Road is home to many upscale retail shops, shopping centres and others business establishments, with busy traffic from both vehicles and pedestrians from morning till late night.
The road was originally named as MacDonnell Road. To avoid confusion with MacDonnell Road on the Hong Kong Island, its name changed to Canton Road. The roads in the area were mainly named after cities of China
. The translator of Canton Road misinterpreted Canton as Guangdong (廣東) instead of the city of Canton (廣州).
Sections and features
Canton Road is not one continuous road, instead it is divided into 3 sections, interrupted by a major housing estate (Prosperous Garden) and disjointed by a traffic intersection (Jordan Road
) as the result of urban development in the past hundred years. The following list follows a south-north order. (W) indicates the western side of the road, while (E) indicates the eastern side.
West Rail Line
It was proposed that a station, Canton Road on the Kowloon Southern Link of the West Rail Line extension, could be built beneath the Tsim Sha Tsui section of the road, outside Harbour City
. The plan was put off after unsuccessful negotiation between KCRC and The Wharf on financial arrangement. Another station, Austin, near the junction of Canton Road and Wui Cheung Road in Kwun Chung opened in August 2009.