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Yee Wo Street (Chinese: 怡和街; Cantonese Yale: yi4 wo2 gaai1) is a street in East Point and Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Its junction with Hennessy Road is one of the busiest junctions in Hong Kong.

Yee Wo Street
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Busy crossing
Native name怡和街
Former name(s)Kasuga-dori(1942-1945,during Japanese occupation)
Length300 metres
Width2 lanes of traffic eastbound,1 lane westbound
LocationCauseway Bay, Hong Kong
Construction
Inauguration1902
Yee Wo Street during 2014 Hong Kong protests

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NameEdit

Yeewo was the Cantonese name of a Qing Dynasty hong established by Wǔ Guóyíng (simplified Chinese: 五国莹; traditional Chinese: 伍國瑩) in Canton in 1783, which later became the leader of the cohong of the Thirteen Factories under the stewardship of Howqua, who took over in 1803. The name was later used by trading company Jardine, Matheson & Co., owners of much land in East Point in the early days of Hong Kong.

The road was renamed "Kasuga-dori" (春日通) during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.[1] After the surrender and evacuation of the Japanese army, the name was reverted.

FeaturesEdit

The street begins west at Hennessy Road and ends east in Causeway Road. It hosts a section of Hong Kong Tramway and its Causeway Bay terminus. During the 2014 Hong Kong protests (aka "Umbrella Revolution"), substantial tracts of the area were occupied by suffragists.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chan, Chan, Ka-leung (2011). Witness of history: a case study of street signs at Pei Ho Street as an important urban heritage in Hong Kong (Master of Science in Conservation thesis). University of Hong Kong. p. 31.

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