Causeway Bay Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s prime shopping destinations; a rabbit warren of streets stuffed with markets and family owned shops. The area is particularly well renowned for its independent and quirky fashion boutiques, while the massive SOGO department store also calls Causeway Bay Hong Kong home. The area isn’t rich in tourist attractions, although there are a few worth while sights, including the spacious Victoria Park and the Noon Day Gun. The area also houses many mid-range hotels.
Causeway Bay is one of the most iconic areas in Hong Kong; those photos you’ve seen of the city’s brightly lit, neon streets, packed with shoppers are usually of here. Many of the shops in this area keep their doors open until after 10p.m., while the crowds are simply phenomenal – they make New York or London look roomy. Several of the main streets have been pedestrianized to allow more room for shoppers, and Causeway Bay differs from other parts of Hong Kong, notably Central, in that the majority of the shops are on the street not in shopping malls.
Causeway Bay is located on Hong Kong Island to the East of the Central and Wan Chai districts. Yee Woo street is the area’s main thoroughfare and splits the shopping district in two.
How to Get There:
Causeway Bay is on the MTR subway, on the Island line (blue). The Causeway Bay station is one of the biggest in the system, and has many exits leading to exits all over the area. Important exits, include exit A for the Times Square shopping mall and exits D3-D4 to the SOGO Department Store. The Island line tram also travels through Causeway Bay, stopping in front of SOGO.
Where to Shop in Causeway Bay:
Times Square is the main Causeway Bay shopping mall and SOGO is the biggest department store in Hong Kong. There is also Fashion Walk, filled with funky, independent, local retailers and the market around Jardine's Crescent. Find out more in our Where to Shop in Causeway Bay article.
What to See:
The area’s main tourist attraction is the Noon Day Gun, set on the waterfront in front of the Excelsior Hotel. This naval canon was once owned by the immense Jardine company, a 19th century, British, colonial trading house. As legend has it, the company fired the canon to salute one of their ships without seeking the approval of the governor, who was so annoyed he ordered it be fired at noon everyday for evermore; and it still is.
Victoria Park is one of the city’s main stretches of green space in the heart of Causeway Bay and a fantastic respite from the shopper filled streets nearby. The park is busy from dawn, when Tai Chi practitioners stretch their limbs, to dusk, when joggers and rollers caters take over. The park is also one of the few in Hong Kong that actually has green grass that you can sit on without being shouted at. There is also a playground, tennis courts and a bike track.