HONG KONG: CAUSEWAY BAY
Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island is a major area for shopping and is one of the liveliest areas with an abundance of cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets and of course, shops. Major department stores such as the Japanese Sogo & Mitsukoshi stores are based here as well as the famous Times Square shopping mall and entertainment area.
For budget conscious shoppers, there are the nearby busy lanes of Jardine`s Crescent & Jardine`s Bazaar which offer low priced clothes
and food at various street stalls and shops. The area can become quite crowded & it best avoided when humidity & heat are high.
Hong Kong Central Library & Victoria Park
Other sites worth visiting on Causeway Bay include the Hong Kong Central Library.
This is a huge building which is open to the general public and has the added bonus of free internet for library members and non-members including travellers.
Causeway Bay has an excellent transport system and trams run from Wan Chai through much of Causeway Bay. Even though the area is not too large for walking, taking the tram on a hot day can reduce the stress of sight seeing. Alternatively people can relax in Victoria Park which also has a large number of sporting facilities.
Tin Hau Temple & Lin Fau Kung Temple
Two of the most famous temples on the island can be found near Victoria Park. The first, Tin Hau Temple, is near Tin Hau MTR and was built in the 18th century to honor the patron goddess of fishermen. The second temple is the Lin Fa Kung Temple which is quite an unusual shape with an octagonal design. This buddhist temple was built in the 17th century to honour the Goddess of Mercy and renovation work has been progressing for the last few years.
Happy Valley Race Course
For fans of horse racing, Causeway Bay also has the Happy Valley Race Course which is open from September to June and admission price is HK $10. Like most race courses, most of the visitors are more interested in gambling than the horse race itself. The Happy Valley Race Course was built in 1846 and there is also the modern Hong Kong Racing Museum on site which commemorates the history of this course.