With a name synonymous with shopping, Causeway Bay attracts the type of traveller who arrives with a half-empty suitcase wanting to fill it with new goodies. Yet there’s plenty of other things to do despite the lack of typical tourist attractions here.
Causeway Bay is home to large stadiums where sports and entertainment are held throughout the year and even just walking the maze of alleys around the main thoroughfare of Hennessy Road is an experience in itself. This is one of the most compact areas of downtown Hong Kong but also one of the most vibrant. Classic attractions in Causeway Bay may be fewer than elsewhere, but there is certainly more to this fascinating district than first meets the eye.
Jardine’s Crescent Street Market
Jardine’s Crescent is a bustling street market which cuts through Causeway Bay, and makes a refreshing change from the many high class malls in the area. This is where trendy teens come to pick up inexpensive items, with lots of street food, snacks and drinks to enjoy too. Take a walk through to soak up the street vibe and pick up some great value items too – but don’t forget to haggle.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00
- Location: Jardines Crescent, Causeway Bay
- Tel: +852 3686 0510
Victoria Park is the largest expanse of green in downtown Hong Kong, so it is a very popular place offering a range of leisure activities. In the morning you can witness tai chi classes taking place in an air of serenity, while joggers and after-work aerobics are also popular. Named after Queen Victoria of Britain, the park has been in Causeway Bay since the 1950s but was extensively renovated in 2002. There is a statue of the late queen at the entrance to the park. Other leisure facilities to enjoy include tennis courts, a swimming pool and children’s play areas. If you are looking to escape the city for a while, Victoria Park is the perfect place.
- Location: 1 Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
- Tel: +852 2890 5824
Gambling on horse races is one of Hong Kong’s most popular leisure pursuits and Happy Valley Racecourse is Hong Kong’s finest horseracing track. It’s a great place to go and enjoy superb horseracing whilst also soaking up some genuine Hong Kong Chinese culture at the same time. Excited locals descend on Happy Valley Racecourse in their thousands, and this spectacle is especially exciting during a night meet. With video screens and computerised betting, this is a very modern and enjoyable attraction. There are plenty of bars and restaurants at the racetrack so you can really spend the whole night here. Races are typically scheduled for Wednesdays nights, weekends and public holidays from September to June. Even if a race isn’t scheduled while you are there, you can visit the Hong Kong Racing Museum connected to the racecourse for a full run down of the history of the sport in Hong Kong. Read More...
- Location: Happy Valley, Wong Nai Chung Road
- Tel: +852 2895 1523
Hong Kong Island’s largest shopping mall is not just about the shops; there is always something happening in and around this huge property, with exhibitions and special events throughout the year. New movie releases often warrant an exhibition of its own with lots of photo-worthy props displayed for all to enjoy. This is really the ‘go to’ area for young urbanites looking to hang out in Hong Kong so there is always something to see. Read More...
- Location: 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
- Tel: +852 2118 8900
The Noonday Gun is a longstanding tradition in Hong Kong, started in 1860 during the time of British rule. As you would expect from the name, the gun is fired exactly at midday by a guard from Jardine Matheson (one of the original Hong Kong trading houses and now a huge finance company who owns the gun). There is a little pomp and ceremony to the event, in keeping with its historic significance. The area remains open for 15 minutes afterwards for visitors to take photos. The whole event doesn’t take much time out of your day and thankfully it is very close to the shops in Causeway Bay. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 (exactly)
- Location: Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay waterfront (opposite The Excelsior Hotel)
Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay isn’t the largest temple in Hong Kong by any means, but this compact structure is culturally rich, having been built in the 1700s. One of several places of worship dedicated to Tin Hau, Godess of the Sea, who seafarers and fishermen would pray to for safety. The temple is a peaceful and emotive place to visit when you tire of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, with people still coming here to pray daily. The ornate roof is decorated with figurines of dragons and other animals largely in keeping with architecture of the period, while the dark interior is shrouded in incense which hangs in the air. It is surrounded by a well maintained park.
- Location: 10 Tin Hau Temple Road, Causeway Bay
This is Hong Kong’s largest sporting venue, located in So Kon Po just behind Causeway Bay’s main shopping area. Events held at Hong Kong Stadium include international football, rugby and music concerts from some of the world’s biggest stars. However, the 40,000 seater stadium is at its most lively during the annual Rugby 7s in March, when fanatical sports fans from around the world head to Hong Kong to watch the tournament. Check for tickets online. Read More...
- Location: 55 Eastern Hospital Rd, So Kon Po
- Tel: +852 2895 7926
‘Ding Ding’ Trams
This iconic mode of transport is a classic snapshot of Hong Kong, and although trams – or ‘Ding Dings’, to give them their local name – run right across the built up northern shore of Hong Kong, we think the best part of the journey is though the bustling shopping area of Causeway Bay. Not only are trams in Hong Kong a fun and interesting way to experience the city, they are also cheap and convenient transport options, costing just HK$2.50 per journey.
- Opening Hours: 05:00-24:00 (some routes finish earlier)
- Price Range: HK$2.50 per journey
Jumpin Gym USA
If you’re travelling with children and want to find something stimulating for them then head to the flashing and bleeping games arcade called Jumpin Gym USA. Located on the second floor of Windsor House, this is one branch of the popular children’s playground group has has several locations around town. This Causeway Bay Jumpin Gym isn’t as big on the slides and ball parks as others (especially the largest one in Harbour City Mall in Kowloon), but it has plenty of arcade games to keep little ones entertained. Games cost around HK$20 each.
- Opening Hours: 11.00 – 22.00 daily
- Location: Jumpin Gym USA, 2nd floor, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong Central Library
Hong Kong Central Library is a huge civil building that opened to the public in 2001. Spanning 11 floors in total, there are sections for English and Chinese language books, a dedicated children’s section, exhibition rooms and computer terminals with internet available. There is also a coffee shop and bookshop on site. Hong Kong Central Library is located behind Victoria Park, walking distance from Causeway Bay MTR Station.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
- Location: Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay
- Tel: +852 3150 1234