Causeway Bay Walking Tour, Hong Kong

Causeway Bay Walking Tour (Self Guided), Hong Kong

If you're looking for a taste of Hong Kong's energetic urban life, Causeway Bay is the place to be. Well known for its mega shopping malls and skyscrapers “rubbing shoulders” with rustic streets and picturesque corners, this bustling district is one of the city's most popular shopping and entertainment hubs.

The foremost among its landmarks is Times Square. Despite the name, this is actually not a square at all but a massive shopping mall. Times Square is a shopper's paradise, with numerous high-end boutiques, electronics stores, and international fashion brands gathered under one roof. It is also famous for its giant LED display, which lights up the district with vibrant colors at night.

Another interesting site to explore is the Po Leung Kuk Museum. Po Leung Kuk is a historic charitable organization in Hong Kong that has played a significant role in the city's social welfare. The museum showcases the history and contributions of this institution, providing insights into Hong Kong's past.

Shopaholics will also love the Sogo Department Store, which is one of the largest and most famous department stores in Hong Kong. It offers a wide range of products, from fashion and cosmetics to electronics and homeware. It's a paradise for shoppers seeking both luxury and affordable items.

If you want to take a break from shopping and immerse yourself in nature, Victoria Park is just a short walk away. This urban park provides a peaceful oasis amidst the bustling city. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll, join a Tai Chi session, or simply relax in the green surroundings.

Lastly, don't miss the Noon Day Gun, a historic artillery piece located in Causeway Bay. It has been firing daily at noon for over a century – a unique and fascinating tradition that connects the district to its colonial past.

Causeway Bay greets visitors with a diverse mix of shopping, culture, and relaxation. To help you explore this remarkable neighborhood on your own, we have compiled an easy-to-follow self-guided walking tour. So, next time you're in Hong Kong, make sure to visit Causeway Bay and experience its vibrant energy firsthand!
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Causeway Bay Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Causeway Bay Walking Tour
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong (See other walking tours in Hong Kong)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: emma
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Times Square
  • Po Leung Kuk Museum
  • Sogo Department Store
  • Victoria Park
  • Noon Day Gun
Times Square

1) Times Square

Times Square is considered the first of its kind, the first "vertical mall" in Hong Kong. Due to the high land price in Hong Kong, and the higher yield on retail property, Times Square departs from the common western model of the flat shopping mall. The space allocated to retail is configured over 9 stories. The mall and lifts to the office tower are accessible by long escalators linking the ground floor podium and the first level of the mall.

Why You Should Visit:
Definitely a mall suitable for all ages, styles, and budgets; a couple of big luxury brands occupy the first 2 floors. The brands then start to turn to a mass market for the next 8 floors, while the top floors are for kids and food and also a cinema complex. The basement has a few other more popular and inexpensive shopping brands, and it connects to the metro line. The ground area is a public space and many exhibitions are held there (with some more interesting than others).

Unless you hit a shop when they are having a sale, you won't find any "bargain" shopping here, just because of the location.
Po Leung Kuk Museum

2) Po Leung Kuk Museum

The Po Leung Kuk Museum, also known as the Po Leung Kuk Archives, is located at 66 Leighton Road, in Hong Kong. The museum is located in the Main Building of the Po Leung Kuk's Head quarters. The Museum consists of the three sectioned Exhibition Hall, The Old Hall, the Archives Office, the Research Room and two Archival Conservation Rooms. Out of all the rooms only the Exhibition Hall and the Old Hall and are open to public. The museum displays and houses the famous historic documents of Po Leung Kuk.

During the late 19th Century, Hong Kong was plagued by the increasing abduction and trafficking of women and children. These crimes were increasing in frequency and becoming a serious problem for the people of Hong Kong. On the 8th of November in the year 1878, a group of local Chinese people presented a petition to Sir John Pope Hennessy, the Governor of Hong Kong to set up the Po Leung Kuk in order to rescue the kidnapped victims.

“Po Leung”, translates to “protection of the young and the innocent” from the Chinese language. The organization has protected destitute women and children, prevented and resolved kidnappings, and also assisted the Secretary for Chinese Affairs (under British rule) in many matters.
Sogo Department Store

3) Sogo Department Store

Sogo Hong Kong, one of the largest department stores in Hong Kong, originally founded by Japanese retailers, is now under the ownership of Lifestyle International Holdings. Aside from its flagship store on Hong Kong Island, Sogo Hong Kong also operates a second store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The department store has been a member of the International Association of Department Stores since 2013.

Initially established in 1985, in Causeway Bay, Sogo Hong Kong affiliated with Sogo Japan, quickly became a prominent retail destination on Hennessy Road, characterized by its Japanese style. In 1993, the store underwent significant renovations and expanded its floor area from 11,000 square meters (120,000 square feet) to 40,000 square meters (430,000 square feet), becoming known as "Jumbo SOGO."

In 2005, Sogo Hong Kong introduced a second store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, which was located underground beneath Salisbury Road. The site was previously occupied by The Palace Mall (1997-2001) and Teddy Bear Kingdom (2002-2005). In 2014, Sogo relocated to a new location adjacent to Sheraton Hong Kong, spanning a total floor area of 13,000 square meters (140,000 square feet).

The flagship store of Sogo Hong Kong boasts eighteen floors, offering an extensive range of retail space. Within the store, customers can explore a diverse selection of clothing brands, ranging from mid to high-end, along with sports apparel, children's clothing, cosmetics, appliances, bedding, and housewares. Additionally, Sogo Hong Kong is recognized for operating Freshmart, a popular Japanese supermarket.
Victoria Park

4) Victoria Park

Victoria Park in Hong Kong, named after Queen Victoria, is a renowned public park. It is located in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island, bordered by Victoria Park Road, Victoria Harbour, Causeway Road, and Hong Kong Central Library. Renovated in the early 2000s, it now includes basketball courts, tennis stadiums, and a swimming pool.

Previously known as Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, the park was once a refuge for fishing boats and yachts during typhoon seasons, forming part of Victoria Harbour. However, in the 1950s, the shelter was reclaimed, and the park was constructed in its place. Over time, the park has become a popular gathering spot for domestic workers on their customary day off, Sundays.

At the main entrance on Causeway Road, visitors can admire a seated statue of Queen Victoria, originally located in Statue Square. The park offers a range of sports facilities including tennis courts, a swimming pool, a bowling green, and several recreational areas for children. These amenities, combined with the central lawn, basketball courts, and football pitches, cater to diverse sporting interests.

Throughout the year, Victoria Park hosts several notable events. Before Chinese New Year, the park transforms into a bustling venue for the Lunar New Year Fair, drawing large crowds that linger late into the night. Additionally, the park accommodates prominent gatherings such as the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo and the Hong Kong Flower Show.
Noon Day Gun

5) Noon Day Gun

The Noon Day Gun is a former naval artillery gun, mounted on an enclosed site located near the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter in Hong Kong. The gun is owned by Jardine Matheson and fired at noon every day. The Noonday gun is a popular tourist attraction.

Originally known as East Point, the Noon Day Gun is now located on a part of Causeway Bay. In 1841, East point was sold by the British colonial government in Hong Kong by public auction. This was the first plot of land to ever be sold in this way by the colonial government and it was purchased by Jardine Matheson. The name, East Point has now been disused, due to a drastic change in the geographical profile of the area caused by land reclamation.

During the 1860s, the private militia of Jardine Matheson used to fire a gun salute in order to welcome Jardine’s arrival by sea. This annoyed a senior British naval officer who declared that such a salute is reserved for government officials and the senior officers of the armed forces only. He ordered Jardine Matheson to fire the gun everyday at noon for perpetuity. This launched the tradition of the Noon Day Gun, firing at noon every day, even today.

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