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5 street names in Hong Kong that will have you confused

Think you know the streets of Hong Kong? Think again...

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Jenny Leung
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Hong Kong is a great place to be for any foodiesart fiendsphotographers, or nature adventurists. But with so many different streets and hidden alleyways forming our city grid, Hong Kong is not the easiest place to navigate – add to this the fact that some street names can get anyone confused – here are five of the strangest street names in Hong Kong that will leave you baffled. 

RECOMMENDED: Find out more about Hong Kong's past and take a look at these historical Hong Kong buildings and what they've become now.

5 street names in Hong Kong that will have you totally confused

Chai Wan Kok Street (柴灣角街)
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Chai Wan Kok Street (柴灣角街)

Chai Wan Kok Street – must be in Chai Wan, right? Wrong! While the words 'Chai Wan' are written the same way in both English and Chinese as Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island, this street is actually located in the west of Tsuen Wan in an area called Chai Wan Kok. There are no clear explanations for its name, aside from it referring to the edge of Tsuen Wan. Just remember not to get the two confused or you'll end up on the complete opposite side of town.

Tai Po Tsai (大埔仔)
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Tai Po Tsai (大埔仔)

Technically, Tai Po Tsai is a village and not a street name, but surely, it must be in Tai Po, right? Sorry, wrong again. Perched along Clear Water Bay Road, Tai Po Tsai is actually the name of an old Punti village located next to HKUST. There's also a beautiful quiet beach near the village called Pak Shui Wun, and a boutique organic farm that's open for anyone who's looking to get some healing through nature. If you ever plan to visit, make sure you're going to Tai Po Tsai in Clear Water Bay in the Sai Kung District, not Tai Po District.

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Fir Street / Pine Street (松樹街 / 杉樹街)
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Fir Street / Pine Street (松樹街 / 杉樹街)

Fir Street and Pine Street are not the only streets in Hong Kong named after plants and trees, but what's strange about these two streets are their translations. The Chinese street name for Fir Street actually translates to Pine Street, while the Chinese street name for Pine Street, is actually Fir Street. Confusing, right? Luckily, both streets are located in Tai Kok Tsui not too far away from each other, so even if you get it mixed up, you won't have to trek too far.

Rednaxela Terrace (列拿士地臺)
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Rednaxela Terrace (列拿士地臺)

We're sure most of you are familiar with this one. There are many explanations as to why it's called Rednaxela, with the most common one being that the name 'Alexander', was actually spelt backwards. Traditionally, Chinese is read from right to left as opposed to English, so, when it came to writing down the name the road, the name Alexander was written as Rednaxela instead!

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Magazine Gap Road (馬己仙峽道)
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Magazine Gap Road (馬己仙峽道)

Sadly, Magazine Gap Road has nothing to do with actual magazines that you flip through. The road was named after a military term used for an armaments store. Some say that Magazine Gap used to be the site of a military bungalow in the early 1900s. Now, roughly a century later, Magazine Gap Road is a long and winding road that runs through some of the city's most expensive residential properties.

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