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Located on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay is one of Hong Kong's top shopping and nightlife districts. Originally a fishing harbor and warehouse area for merchants, Causeway Bay has became a shopper's paradise, drawing the biggest crowds on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. As many of the shops stay open until midnight and later, it is also a popular social spot for local teens. Apart from large department stores, Causeway Bay houses a number of restaurants, ranging from cheap Dai Pai Dongs to more expensive establishments.
Built by the Tai family in the early 18th Century, this temple honors Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea. According to legends, this Hakka family used to go to Causeway Bay to gather grass. One day some family members found a Tin Hau statue amongst the rocks near the shore. The family made a shelter for the statue and the shrine became popular with boat people. Since then, a proper temple has been constructed, which barring renovations, is still largely in its original form, although land reclamation has robbed it of its harbor-front location.
Horseracing has been the most popular spectator sport in Hong Kong since 1846, and it is one of the few legal gambling activities within the territory. The race season runs from September to June, and races at Happy Valley are usually held on Wednesday evenings, with extra races sometimes held on Sundays and public holidays. For a comfortable way to see the races, there is a horse race tour organized by the Hong Kong Tourist Association. Racing is also held at Shatin Race Track. The racing season usually runs through most of the year, during which matches are held on Wednesdays beginning at 7p. Check website for more details.
Situated near the neighborhood of Causeway Bay, North Point boasts of the splendid views of the Braemer Hill and Victoria Harbor. Also known as Little Fujian, North Point has been occupied since the 1800s and features several old structures like churches and theaters. This neighborhood has been listed in the Guiness Book of Records as one of the densely populated regions on earth. North Point is a popular tourist spot and houses several restaurants, pubs and shopping destinations.
Built in the early 1990s, Central Plaza was one of the tallest skyscrapers in Asia at the time of its construction. Located in Wan Chai, it is renowned for its splendid architecture and unrivaled viewing experience. Take the lift to the Sky Lobby on the 46th floor and admire stunning vistas of the island beyond their floor-to-ceiling windows. The building is well-positioned to offer 360 degree views of Causeway Bay, Victoria Harbor and the likes.
Back in the early days of Hong Kong's life as a colony, Queens Road followed the shoreline and this lovely old temple was situated on the harbor front. Land reclamation has changed the shoreline a great deal since then and the temple is no longer visible from the waterfront. Never the less, the temple is still worth a look as a vibrant reminder of Hong Kong's Chinese heritage. Incense fills the interior, which features the usual glowing red and gold draperies. Intricate Shek Wan pottery figurines on the ridge of the roof add to the traditional decorations.
Hong Kong's tallest building stands 374 metres tall and houses 78 floors. At the time of completion in 1992 it was the tallest building in Asia. Although it no longer holds that accolade, it is still the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world. The building's design includes an unusual triangular floor plan, which allows almost 70 percent of the offices to enjoy a harbor outlook. An added bonus is the public viewing gallery on 46th floor, which has great all-round views. Lastly, check out the Central Plaza website for details of the neon clock at the top of the tower. Admission: Free.
The most important exhibition and convention venue in the territory, the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre was the site of the 1997 handover ceremony of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China. The new wing of the center has a bird-like design, to give the impression that the building is about to take flight. Its harbor-facing glass curtain wall is the largest in the world and the promenade surrounding the new wing offers impeccable views over Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Victoria Harbour in between.