Hong Kong Area Guides: Causeway Bay 銅鑼灣
Located east of Central and Wanchai on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay is a lively and atmospheric district well worth a visit to relax or exercise in Victoria Park or shop at Times Square or the Japanese Sogo Department Store.
Easily reached by tram or MTR, Causeway Bay offers the eccentric Noon Day Gun experience on the waterfront and the spacious Victoria Park in addition to its colorful street scene and excellent shopping.
Victoria Park is large by Hong Kong standards and has a number of concrete soccer pitches, a swimming pool and a large grass lawn. Victoria Park has become a hangout for Hong Kong's Indonesian community much as Statue Square serves the local Filipinos.
The Noon Day Gun, immortalized in Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishmen is fired each day at noon with some ceremony. Located on the first plot of land sold at public auction in Hong Kong, it was purchased by Jardine Matheson in 1841. Legend has it that the firing of the Jardine gun salute to the company's Taipan startled a senior British Naval Officer, who ordered that Jardines fired the gun every day at noon as a time signal.
The tradition has continued to this day, though the gun disappeared during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and was replaced in the 1960s by a smaller version, after complaints about the noise from local residents. The firing of the gun is accompanied by the ringing of eight bells and since 1946 the gun also fires to welcome in the New Year.
There are fun 30-minute boat trips of the bay from the Noon Day Gun on a small Chinese tug. Prices start at 100 HKD so haggle down.
Causeway Bay Cruise
Access - getting to Causeway Bay
Take an MTR metro to Causeway Bay Station or a bus or tram heading down Hennessy Road and Yee Wo Street.
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