Des Voeux Road West

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 19:50

We used to think that the streets in 1950s Hong Kong were busy!  Can anyone identify this stretch of what looks like Hennessy Road? (Andrew S)

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Hi there,

If it was Hennesy Road it would likely be wider. I tend to believe it was somewhere on the western end, but before Whitty Street as the tram on the left was going there.  I wonder if it was somewhere between Queen's Street and Western Street where the junction of Western is a slight bend, like what's at the back of the photo.


Hi There,

By viewing the photo above on a bigger monitor in full screen, I recognize we may actually have a fix as if I am right, one of the buildings on the eastbound still exist.

We only have a very narrow stripe of the corner of the building in the photos above, but that looked very much like the one at the corner of Centre and Des Voeux Road West.


Hi Thomas,

I agree that the street is too narrow for Hennessy Road, and that Des Voeux Road seems more likely.  Which building on the original matches which building on the colour version?  Looking at Trevor's photo of the policeman directing traffic, I wonder whether that too might have been along Des Voeux Road.  Any thoughts? Andrew

The gap between this building and the one next to it 大元酒家 seems to be too narrow for Centre St. It's at most a back lane.

Looking across the street to the other side, no intersection is evident.

Unlikely to be the same building unless they knocked down a few buildings later to make way for a new Centre St.