Ship Street, Hong Kong

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Ship Street is a street in Wan Chai
Wan Chai
Wan Chai is a metropolitan area situated at the western part of the Wan Chai District on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, in Hong Kong. Its other boundaries are Canal Road to the east, Arsenal Street to the west and Bowen Road to the south. The area north of Gloucester Road is often called...

, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China , the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour...

. It starts from Johnston Road
Johnston Road
Johnston Road is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. It spans from the junction with Heard Street, Hennessy Road and Stewart Road are at its east towards another junction with Hennessy Road and Queensway at its west near Asian House...

, crosses Queen's Road East and goes uphill southward and reaches Kennedy Road
Kennedy Road, Hong Kong
Kennedy Road is a road in the Mid-levels on the Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Starting from Garden Road in the west, it goes past St. Joseph's College, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong Park and Hopewell Centre and ends at the junction with Queen's Road East near Morrison Hill in Wan Chai.At...

. Part of the street is ladders and much of the century old buildings are abandoned. Locals often refer to these buildings as the "Ghost House".

History


The story of Ship Street began in 1910s. It was near the pier in Johnston Road
Johnston Road
Johnston Road is a major road in Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island of Hong Kong. It spans from the junction with Heard Street, Hennessy Road and Stewart Road are at its east towards another junction with Hennessy Road and Queensway at its west near Asian House...

 and thus the roads and streets in surrounding are named after navigation
Navigation
Navigation is the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. It is also the term of art used for the specialized knowledge used by navigators to perform navigation tasks...

 and the port
Port
A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land....

s in China
China
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...

. The original stone steps of the Ship Street are well-preserved among the rapid development of Hong Kong. Before the completion of Hopewell Centre in 1980s, the street was the preferred access among the students of surrounding schools like St. Francis' Canossian College
St. Francis' Canossian College
St. Francis' Canossian College was founded on 8 May 1869, the second school established by the Italian Canossian Daughters of Charity in Hong Kong. There is also an elementary school section, known as St. Francis' Canossian School . Both of the school campuses are located at 9–13 Kennedy Road, Wan...

 and Tung Chi College
Tung Chi College
Tung Chi College was a private Chinese secondary school located at No. 15, Kennedy Road, in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. The building has been mostly demolished.-History:...

 (同濟中學).

Future


The street is a featured street in Hong Kong and a venue for several films. Hopewell
Hopewell
-USA:*Hopewell, Alabama *Hopewell, Arkansas *Hopewell, California*Hopewell, Connecticut *Hopewell, Florida...

 long planned a hotel project, Mega Tower Hotel at the east of the street but received opposition from the surrounding residents and environmental groups. It is because the project would also involve demolition of the historical building of the famous haunted house, Nam Koo Terrace
Nam Koo Terrace
Nam Koo Terrace is a Grade I Historic Building located at No. 55 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, popularly known as "The Wan Chai Haunted House"...

 (南固臺) and felling of various climbing fig trees. The lower part between Johnston Road and Queen's Road East is designated to become a pedestrianised street after the completion of a major Urban Renewal Authority
Urban Renewal Authority
The Urban Renewal Authority is a statutory body in Hong Kong responsible for accelerating redevelopment to provide a better living environment and neighbourhood.-History:...

 project.

The hotel project has been recently modified. In the modified planning, Nam Koo Terrace would be preserved in the project.

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