The tradition of the Noon Day Gun originated in the 1860s when a senior British naval officer (new to HK) was surprised and annoyed at the practice of the Jardine-Matheson's taipans firing a gun salute whenever one arrived or left Hong Kong. As a penalty, Jardine's was forced to fire a noon day gun in perpetuity.
How to reach the gun at the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter is not obvious. At the Causeway Bay MTR station, walk East to East Point Road. Then, head North to Lockhart Road. Walk North into plaza towards the Excelsior hotel. Look for the hotel's parkade. (In much smaller print, at the bottom of the Wilson Parking sign, it would say "Marina Club & Noon Gun".)
One must enter the parkade and, following the signs, take an underground pedestrian passage to cross Gloucester Road.
Victoria Park, Hong Kong's largest municipal park, lies between Victoria Park Road and Causeway Road, to the east of the Causeway Bay shopping centre. Named after Queen Victoria, the park was formerly a typhoon shelter known as Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, part of Victoria Harbour, used as a refuge by fishing boats and yachts during typhoon seasons. In the 1950s, the shelter was reclaimed and the park was built here. Today it features an open-air swimming pool (open in summer), tennis courts, roller-skating rinks and (by the standards of central Hong Kong) unusually large areas of grass and trees. If you visit on a Sunday, you'll be literally tripping over thousands of Indonesian domestic workers who congregate in and around the western end of Victoria Park.
Why go to Hong Kong if you don't like shopping or the fast paced lifestyle?
If you're ready to splurge, go to Causeway bay. There you'll see so many hip malls and branded stuff.
Nathan road- I like it here. It's almost local! So fashionable and affordable.
Mongkok and Ladies Market- good bargains. Prepare to go home with and empty pocket and dirty feet!
The square in front of the building, outside between WTC and Excelsior plaza had interesting black and white pavement in irregular pattern – good, because that makes it different from other urban squares and it is an interesting design from that point of view. Go to see, it catches the attention.
On the other side, I only took a glimpse into WTC mall. Like expected… they seemed to be luxury shops, so unless you're loaded see it fast and leave, it's not place to get hungry here nor to spend too much time if you don't need to buy anything. If you're interested, you can see two pics after the main one here, it actually doesn't look bad, haha.
Rest of the building which extends high above you will be offices.
Historic interest are Noon Day Gun, immortalized in a song by Noel Coward in his 1930s song about “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, the historic gun is still fired everyday at noon. Cover your ears if you’re nearby. Victoria Park where early morning risers practice “tai chi chuan”. Shopping at Times Square, Jardine’s Bazaar and Jardine’s Crescent are an open-air market area, the ancient Tin Hau Temple located in the foothills to the south.
Personally, for me this is not my place to shop. Mostly filled with glamour malls such as lane crawford, where all the boutiques can found in causeway bay. However, if you have the time could drop by have a look to see the more up scale side of Hong Kong
This park was right next to where I lived and I walked through it often to Causeway Bay. It is the largest urban park in Hong Kong. In the mornings early when I went for a walk, you can see joggers running the paths and the older ones doing their Tai Chi on the open green spaces. There is a outdoor swimming pool and sports facilities. In the evening it becomes more of a romantic rendezvous for young couples.
On Sundays you can quite often see model boat enthusiasts out with the ‘toys’ on the small pond at the Causeway Bay end of the park. Also on Sundays the park is crowed with Filipino amahs and drivers who gather together to spend their days off eating, dancing and singing. Its quite lively but also very noisy. A statue of Queen Victoria stands here also.
Causeway Bay is a hugely popular area on Hong Kong Island brimming with department stores and shops, restaurants and bars and little side alley markets. Don’t stick to the main roads, in behind these are small shops with lots of bargains and unusual designs. You will also find the Noon Day Gun down on the shore by the Typhoon Shelter.
The Noon Day Gun is next to the waterfront on Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, this historical relic was immortalised in the song Mad Dogs and Englishmen written by Noel Coward.
The gun is fired every day at noon.
The Noon Day Gun is fired daily on the dot at noon. This has been a tradition for decades, since British times. There is a story behind it, which you can read at the site.
There is a man in full uniform who pulls the trigger and cleans the gun. No one else is allowed into the firing area during the firing ceremony, so all the tourists try to crane their necks for a closer look at the gates. And then everyone gets a fright when the gun is fired, as it is very loud. Funny :)
In fact, it is so loud those who stay at the nearby hotels/guesthouses will be able to hear the boom everyday.
After the firing, the gates are opened and visitors can take a closer look at the gun or get a picture with the uniformed man.
After the peak, I have returned to the central. While I was looking to the map where to go I have seen those small double decker trams.. I felt so excited and get on them.. I used to see them on movies but now I was on the top of them.. The tram took me to Causeway bay. that was the place where I decided to get off, after seeing the busy streets..
Causeway bay made me feel like I am with the Local Hong Kongers.. It is not a touristic place and it is busy with shops, but I like there a lot.. So many people strolling along the streets, many shopping malls, 7/11 shops in every corner and life...
Cause way bay has become my favourite stop at Hong kong and I spent a long day just watching the people and streets..
Folks who wants to exercise their shopping muscles need go no further than Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island. Here, you will find all the big brands such as Gucci, Prada alongside your Hong Kong made good brands such as Giordano, Bossini, G2000, U2, Baleno. Shop shop till you drop.
You will also find plenty of eateries here as well to get the strength for more shopping!
This is the place where all the little fishing boats, called sampans, take refuge when there is a typhoon. It is called Causeway Bay because there is a small strip of land (or rocks, i can't remember) which separates the bay from the sea.
Many small shops are dotted along the streets of Causeway Bay. Big departmental stores like Times square, Sogo etc can be found here too.
Street markets like Jardine's Crescent is also located in Causeway Bay. It is indeed a shoppers' paradise. (great food easily available too!)
Causeway Bay area is in Central District. The district's major claim to fame is its department stores surrounding the junction of Paterson Street, Great George Street and Yee Wo Street. Along the side streets, small shops sell fashionable, inexpensive clothing.