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Causeway Bay


Above: neon signs in Causeway Bay. With them on, there is not much need for street lights.


Left: a shot of Percival Street in Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay is probably the most popular shopping district on Hong Kong Island especially for the locals. Centrally located on Hong Kong Island, it is only two MTR stops from Admiralty, one of the main Hong Kong-Kowloon interchange MTR stations.

The pedestrian crossing at Yee Woo Street is the heart of it, surrounded by lots of restaurants, shops, cinemas, beauty salons, hotels and guest houses of different sizes. On weekends some side streets are actually closed to automobile traffic so as to accommodate the crowds!

Causeway Bay also has one of the spots where new year's eve count-down takes place: Times Square. The most famous park in Hong Kong, Victoria Park, is also sandwiched between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau. At its waterfront is a marina / typhoon shelter. Every day at noon in front of it, there's the firing of a noonday gun (firing of a small cannon).

Percival Street neon signs and tram Percival Street neon signs and tramWith the lack of affordable real estate at the street level, a lot of restaurants have moved upstairs. Here are some buildings with restaurants in Causeway Bay on floors above ground: Island Beverly, Lee Theatre Plaza, Times Square, Hennessy Center. more about Causeway Bay restaurants

Above left: Percival Street in the evening with neon signs



Above: a pedestrian crosswalk in Causeway Bay
The Yee Wo Street pedestrain crossing in front of Sogo department store is pretty much the epicenter of all the action in Causeway Bay. Left: Yee Wo Street crossing
Hong Kong Central LIbraryHong Kong Central LIbraryAt the outskirt of Causeway Bay and its action is the Hong Kong Central Library where you can go online and check email, or just to take a break from the crowds and noise. Left: Hong Kong Central Library
When there're tens of thousands of eyeballs passing through an area, you can count on almost the same number of billboards and advertisments. Causeway Bay certainly has a lot of both.
Left: giant posters on dept store
Time Square, Hong KongTime Square, Hong Kong
Above: Times Square shopping mall in Causeway Bay
If you plan on shopping in Hong Kong, Times Square is a key shopping mall in Causeway Bay. In addition there're some nice restaurants in the same complex, plus a cinema and an upscale supermarket. One thing is missing though: a food court. more about Times Square
St. Mary's ChurchAt casual glance you may assume this to be a temple. It's a church in Causeway Bay!
Chinese junk  in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter The Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter / Marina is a good place for taking photos of yachts and Chinese junk boats. You can also catch a ride on a junk to places like the Aberdeen floating restaurants
Above: the Jumbo floating restaurant in Aberdeen
for some seafood. You can test your negotiation skills on the boat owner on the price.


Above: Boats in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter with Wanchai and Central districts as the backdrop. On a clear day, this will be a great view.
Victoria ParkVictoria Park Victoria Park is the most popular public park in Hong Kong located between Causeway Bay and Tin Hau areas. It even has a pool for trying out your radio-controlled boats.
If you want to buy some gifts to take back, available in Causeway Bay and many other places in HK, Chinese sausages may be an option - if you can get them through customs. They are good for stir-frying with vegetables or just steamed together with rice. But they may explode when microwaved without being cut.

Directions

Causeway Bay is accessible by just about all kinds of transportation - buses, mini-buses, trams, MTR, and then of course taxis. The most convenient and fairly inexpensive would be the MTR. Causeway Bay is on the blue line (Hong Kong Island). Just get off at the Causeway Bay stop and follow the signs in the station to where you want to go.
(2011.12)






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