Thursday, January 17, 2013

The famous shopping district "Causeway Bay" of Hong Kong

Causeway Bay (Traditional Chinese: 銅鑼灣) is a heavily built-up area of Hong Kong, located on the Hong Kong Island, and covering parts of Wan Chai and Eastern districts. The Chinese name is also romanized as Tung Lo Wan as in Tung Lo Wan Road (銅鑼灣道). The rent in the shopping areas of Causeway Bay is ranked as the highest in the world followed by New York's Fifth Avenue, which is only slightly less expensive. The rent of Causeway Bay is near a double of the third place's Tokyo's Ginza.

causeway bay at night

Causeway Bay borders the Eastern District. These areas include Tsing Fung Street, Causeway Bay market, the Victoria Park, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Jardine's Noonday Gun and the Police Officers Club. West of these sites, are Queen's College and the Hong Kong Central Library which belong to the Wan Chai District.

Causeway Bay or East Point is one of Hong Kong's major shopping districts. It includes the 13-storey Japanese department store Sogo and Times Square, an indoor shopping complex. There are also smaller malls such as World Trade Centre, Windsor House, Hang Lung Centre, Fashion Island, Fashion Walk, Lee Gardens and Lee Gardens Two. Causeway Bay is one of the most crowded areas in Hong Kong since it contains many trendy shops carrying both locally made fashion and products from Japan, Europe and the United States. As such, it is a popular social spot for young people. Many shops are open until well after midnight.

Notable hotels in Causeway Bay include The Excelsior and Regal HongKong Hotel. Modern service apartments such as Jia and Shama Serviced Apartments have opened in the past few years.

For years, Jardine Matheson has fired a cannon shot at noon every day in Causeway Bay, by Victoria Harbour, slightly eastward of the former Kellett Island. The gunshots have served as time signals for many generations of old inhabitants of Hong Kong. This tradition still continues today. This is the "Noonday Gun" mentioned in the Noël Coward song "Mad Dogs and Englishmen".

The malls are just beside each other. If you want to eat, there are lots of restaurants inside and outside the malls. You should try milk tea at its stalls and also cheap street food. Most of the shops and restaurants here stay open until late when the area becomes a colorful world flashing with neon and crowded with people. It is also the perfect place to hold large-scale activities. Every year on New Year's Eve, the New Year Countdown Ceremony is held here, and hundreds of thousands of locals participate. Some roads in the Causeway Bay area is blocked for cars so pedestrians can walk freely to enjoy the shops along the side.

You'll also get to experience riding the double deckers “Ding Ding” tram just along Yee Wo street which is the main road along Causeway Bay. It is also a favorite activity to take a boat or sampan and sail around the harbor.

The famous Victoria Park, located in the eastern part of Causeway Bay, is the biggest park in Hong Kong. It features a modern swimming pool, tennis courts, football field and other sports facilities. A statue of Queen Victoria is located near the entrance of the park. The largest-scale Lantern Festival is held here every year and this park is also a perfect site to enjoy the moon during the Mid-autumn Festival.


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