HONG KONG’S JEWISH GOVERNOR AND THE ROAD THAT BEARS HIS NAME




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POSTED BY Ed (2 mths ago)
The Golden Mile has lost its lustre. For decades, Nathan Road was one of Hong Kong’s must-see streets – in a way, it was Hong Kong, with its panoply of signs, its cosmopolitan crowds and its mix of nightclubs, tailors, gold shops and department stores. Today, it’s a concrete canyon best known for cookie cutter jewellery stores and exhaust-belching buses.

But Nathan Road wasn’t always this way. In fact, it wasn’t always the Golden Mile: it began life in 1861 as a muddy country path, the first road built by the British on the Kowloon Peninsula, a spoil of the Second Opium War signed over to Britain a year earlier. At first, the road was named Robinson Road, after Sir Hercules Robinson, the fifth governor of Hong Kong. A portion of the land alongside it was devoted to military use, and the Whitfield Barracks were built in the 1890s. St. Andrew’s Church was built just opposite the barracks in 1906, but for the most part, development along the road came slowly.


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