Wan Chai and Causeway Bay Walk, Hong Kong (Self Guided)

Wan Chai District is well known for its shopping places and skyscrapers that lie adjacent to its rustic streets and picturesque corners. It is adjacent to the Causeway Bay region that has many shopping complexes and is a popular destination among tourists. Pay attention to the next list, where the most accessible attractions are compiled in an interesting walking tour.
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Wan Chai and Causeway Bay Walk Map

Guide Name: Wan Chai and Causeway Bay Walk
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong (See other walking tours in Hong Kong)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: emma
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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

1) Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (must see)

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is a major convention and exhibition venue in Hong Kong. The centre is located in Wan Chai North on Hong Kong Island. The centre has been built along the Victoria Harbor, and it is linked to nearby commercial buildings and hotels by covered walkways.

The building was originally built on reclaimed land off the Gloucester Road in 1988. The glass curtain present inside the structure was the world’s largest at the time. The curtain overlooks Victoria Harbor on 3 sides. During the 1990s the second phase of the centre was constructed, on an artificial island. It features a bird-like (or turtle-like) rooftop. A sky bridge was originally connecting phase two with phase one but today an expanded exhibition hall connects the two phases.

The complex was built by the combined efforts and finances of New World Development, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Harbor View Hotel and Harbor View Apartments. The latter are all present on top of the complex.

Why You Should Visit:
World class exhibition hall, great views, good facilities, good use of space, full of natural light, well connected to MRT.
What really sets it apart from other convention centers is its unique architecture, which can be appreciated from any of the nearby towers.

Tip:
Don't underestimate the size of this place: it is over 6 levels including the basement, so make sure you have the best walking shoes possible.
Fast food is available in between trade areas; however, several hotels are easily accessible to properly dine at.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Central Plaza

2) Central Plaza (must see)

Central Plaza is a 78-storey, 374 m (1,227 ft) skyscraper completed in August 1992 at 18 Harbour Road, in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. It is the third tallest tower in the city after 2 International Finance Centre in Central and the ICC in West Kowloon. It was the tallest building in Asia from 1992 to 1996, until the Shun Hing Square was built in Shenzhen, a neighbouring city.

The Central Plaza building uses a triangular floor plan. A neon clock is present on top of the building, which indicates the time by displaying different colors at fifteen-minute intervals. The Sky City Church, which is the world's highest church inside a skyscraper, is also present in the Central Plaza.

Two components make up the Central Plaza; these are a free-standing office tower and a podium block which is attached to it. The tall tower contains 57 office floors, 5 mechanical plant floors and a sky lobby. The top of the tower also consists of 6 mechanical plant floors and a tower mast that is 102 meters tall.

On the ground level, a public area is present with beautiful, landscaped gardens, a fountain and artificial stone paving. The shape of the building is almost triangular, with three corners that have been cut off in order to provide better internal office space.

Why You Should Visit:
Although not meant as a tourist attraction, this is still an excellent (and free) way to enjoy both the views over the harbour and the green views of the peak from huge windows on the 46th floor.

Tip:
Go into the main lobby, up the escalator to the first floor and take the express lift to 46. Don't go late at night, though, as the place shuts down around 8pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hopewell Center

3) Hopewell Center

The Hopewell Center is a sky scraper located in Wan Chai, at 183 Queen's Road East, on Hong Kong Island. The sky scraper is the first of its kind in Hong Kong and named after the Hopewell Holdings company Limited, which had constructed the building. The Hopewell Center is a circular skyscraper and the Hopewell Holdings company Limited is head quartered in the building. The top floor is occupied by the offices of the CEO of Hopewell Holdings, Gordon Wu.

The building has 64-storeys and is 216 meters tall. The construction of the Hopewell Center started in 1977 and it was completed in the year 1980. This was the tallest building of Hong Kong at the time it was completed.

The building has a circular floor plan and the roof of the building also consists of a circular private swimming pool. The 62nd floor has a revolving restaurant named “Revolving 66”. The restaurant completes a 360 degree rotation every hour. There are several groups of elevators present in the building that transport passengers to its many floors. The hotel lobbies are present on the 3rd and also on the 17th floors. The 56th floor has a mini-sky lobby for diners as well.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Old Wan Chai Post Office

4) Old Wan Chai Post Office

The Old Post Office, famous as the oldest surviving post office building in Hong Kong, is situated at the junction between Wan Chai Gap Road and Queen's Road East. The building was erected between 1912 and 1913, and opened on 1 March 1915 as the Wan Chai Post Office. It was declared a national monument, since it is very old and is not known whether the building was originally built and designed for such purpose. The post office ceased to operate in 1992, after having served the Wan Chai community continuously for 77 years. The Old Wan Chai Post Office is a L-shaped building. It is a simple pitched-roof structure with attractive gable ends and moldings. The building is now operated by the Environmental Protection Department as an Environmental Resource Center. There are a touch-screen environmental information system, a reference library, display boards in the Resource Centre. There is also an Environmental Garden whose wall is made of recycled bricks recovered during the refurbishment of the historic building.

Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays: 10:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Public Holidays
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple

5) Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple

The Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple was the first Gurudwara (place of Sikh worship) in Hong Kong. It was also called Sri Guru Singh Sabha and was built in the year 1901. The temple was built by the Indian Sikh members of the British Army, stationed in Hong Kong.

During the 1930s the Sikh population of Hong Kong continued to grow, and the Gurudwara was too small to accommodate them all. The temple was thus rebuilt in order to accommodate a larger Sangat (Sikh community). During the Second World War, the temple was bombed twice and sustained extensive damage. Many people, Sikh and non-Sikh alike, had sought refuge in the temple. These people had sustained minor injuries, but were left with their lives. The damaged parts of the temple were rebuilt by the Sikh and non-Sikh people of the area after the war was over.

During the 1980s the Gurudwara was once gain renovated and extended and its main hall is now linked with Queens' Road East by a covered bridge. This bridge provides an easier access to the temple for Sikh worshipers. In the year 1999, the Gurudwara needed further expansion, and the expansion process has been going on ever since.
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Times Square

6) Times Square (must see)

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).

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

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm
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Po Leung Kuk Museum

7) 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.

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9:30 - 17:30; Thursday: 10:00-17:00.
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Sogo Department Store

8) Sogo Department Store

Sogo is a Japanese of departmental store chain, having also branches in Hong Kong, of which the one in Causeway Bay is the most famous. It is actually a 13 storey mall, covering a wide variety of stores and dining places. It is a very popular hang-out place for residents and tourists.
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Noon Day Gun

9) 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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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Nightlife in Central, Hong Kong

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Western - Central District Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
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One of the most famous parts of Hong Kong, the Kowloon district is also one of the most densely populated on the planet, having streets packed with shops and diners. Located north of the Hong Kong island, Kowloon can be described as the mirror of Central Hong Kong, featuring great places to view the night skyline from. Some of the most popular attractions to shop or see in Kowloon are listed...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hong Kong for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hong Kong has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Hong Kong's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Hong Kong Pass, iVenture Card, or Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Hong Kong's (or even neighboring Macau's) top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows user to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Hong Kong hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Pottinger Hong Kong.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hong Kong, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Hong Kong typically costs somewhere between US$50 and US$150 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Hong Kong from the open top of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to 48 hrs plus a night tour.

- No visit to Hong Kong is complete without savoring authentic Cantonese cuisine. Embark on a half-day food tour of Hong Kong for a generous dollop of delectable local treats and insight into the city's British and Chinese heritage.

- Dive into the history of Hong Kong on a historical walking tour to find out how the city came to be, what prompted the Brits to colonize it and then cede back to China, and what will become of it after 2047 when the “no change for 50 years” promise by The People's Republic of China has expired.

- Complete your sightseeing of Hong Kong in one day on a 5-hour guided tour exploring the city's top attractions from the open-top double-decker and Peak Tramway, catching a glimpse of daily life at Aberdeen Fishing Village, shopping for souvenirs, and more.

- Razzle-dazzle yourself on a night cruise over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour complete with a lavish 7-course dinner aboard the famous Jumbo Chinese-style boat restaurant. In addition to sumptuous Cantonese delicacies and unlimited drinks, you will enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city’s harbor and shimmering skyline.

- Experience first-hand the old-style shopping as it was done back in the day preceding eBay, malls and supermarkets. Embark on a market tour of Hong Kong to see the glorious local markets in action, soak up the atmosphere, and get thrilled from haggling!

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Hong Kong, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Lantau Island, Macau, or Cheung Chau Island.

For as little as circa US$140 per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, find a different side of Hong Kong exploring the beauty of nature and unique traditions of its biggest island replete with pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys and soaring mountains, sail across the sea to visit the oldest European settlement in the East, and more.

For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Hong Kong, and transported either by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.