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    Causeway Bay: Then & Now


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    Causeway Bay embodies the many facets of Hong Kong – the fast pace, fascinating contrasts and dynamic energy. From the city’s very beginning to the present day, its diversity and vibrancy makes it a beloved neighbourhood.

    • Irene, Snowie & Kolar


      Husky owner

      “I grew up in Causeway Bay and used to live in Tai Hang, so this area has always been my home. This is Snowie and Kolar. I’ve had Kolar for a long time; he’s 11 now while Snowie is five years old…

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    • Marian


      Tourist

      “I’m a flight attendant from Holland and I’m here for two nights. I come to Hong Kong a few times a year for work and sometimes I go sightseeing but this time…

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    • K1 and Chun


      Fans of Danish Bakery

      “Places like the Danish Bakery are really special. They’re independent shops and so there’s only one in Causeway. In fact, I think there’s only one in the whole…

      #Food   #Places  
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    • Kyle & Victoria


      International students

      Kyle: “We are international students in Hong Kong who come to the library to work as it’s kind of distracting at home. It’s really convenient and there’s a bit of…

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    • Dr Lam


      Retired doctor

      “I am learning tai chi from Master Tang whose moves are really beautiful. You see other people doing tai chi in Victoria Park, or elsewhere, and they are making the…

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    • Cindy


      Newspaper vendor

      “I used to be a secretary at HSBC. No one believes me when I say that! This newspaper stand was my uncle’s, but he decided not to work anymore and I took over…

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    • Craigengower Cricket Club


      188 Wong Nai Chung Road

      Founded in 1894 and originally located on Bonham Road, the Craigengower Cricket Club was constructed for the students of Victoria English School.

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    • May Fung


      Founder, Arts and Culture Outreach

      Long before there was Art Basel Hong Kong, long before international galleries opened their doors and jet-setting collectors began coming here…

      Interviews

    Celebrating Causeway Bay


    Feature

    A neighbourhood in flux, Causeway Bay’s constant evolution keeps residents and visitors coming back for more. Whether it’s fashion, food, film or art, it’s a part of Hong Kong that keeps people mesmerised and inspired.

    We are the neighbourhood


    Feature

    Thanks to its historic role as the centre of gravity for social life on Hong Kong island, Causeway Bay is home to some of the city’s most tight-knit communities. Some have been around for generations, others are only just developing.

    • Karen See


      Co-founder, {embrace} worldwide

      “I worked for a global advertising agency as its Chief Communications Officer for many years and used to catch the minibus from Causeway Bay nearly every day…

      Streetsnaps
    • Brother Fai


      Fire Dragon Commander-in-Chief,
      Tai Hang Residents’ Welfare Association

      Tai Hang is still a village, even if it is being swallowed up by the high-rise city that surrounds it. Walk through its narrow grid of streets and you’ll find…

      Interviews
    • Yau Lee Bean Sauce


      1A Canal Road East

      Nestled in the bustling Canal Street, Yau Lee Bean Sauce has been a top purveyor of fu yu (fermented bean curd) in Hong Kong for nearly 60 years.

      Streetsnaps
    • Auntie Chiu


      Villain hitter

      I’m from Dongguan and my family, we had a lot of farms there. I was really busy planting mandarins, we had pigs, cows and chickens…

      Interviews
    • Christopher DeWolf


      Journalist

      Ever since he was a teenager, Christopher DeWolf has been fascinated by cities: “I’ve always been interested in them and what makes them tick….

      Interviews
    • Clement Ng


      Salesperson, Journalize

      “We aren’t really like other stationery stores and people started noticing us when we were mentioned in a blog. We slowly developed our own style of running a store…

      Streetsnaps
    • Olaf


      The dog

      “I’m nearly 2 years old now. I love going out and always wear my rain coat in bad weather. Today, I’m at Fashion Walk and we are stopping for a break at…

      Streetsnaps
    • St. Mary's Church


      Local Landmark

      St. Mary’s Church is an Anglican church that began in 1911 as a chapel for those at the Eyre Diocesan Refuge. Much of the early work depended on volunteers and donations…

      Streetsnaps

    Causeway Bay: A Progressive District


    Feature

    Causeway Bay has always been at the forefront of trends and developments. The neighbourhood is home to some of the most progressive brands in the world as well as some of the most advanced buildings in the city.

    A day in the life of Causeway Bay


    Feature

    The rhythm of its streets changes constantly from dawn till late into the night, capturing the ebb and flow of its people as the spaces they inhabit transform throughout the day.

    • Chien Lee


      Chairman of Bei Shan Tang Foundation

      For Chien Lee, Chairman of the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, a passion and support for Chinese culture and the arts has always been in his blood. Grandson of Lee Hysan and son of Dr. Jung Sen Lee…

      Interviews
    • Christine Tsoi


      Marketing Manager

      “As a child, I would walk along this street on my way to school. I didn’t know then that decades later, I would still be passing by these same pigeons…

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    • You You & Vicky


      Sisters

      “We usually go home to get changed for after-school classes, but today we’re relaxing at the park. We love playing in Victoria Park…

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    • Angel Wong


      Kid of Causeway Bay

      “I’m going shopping with my mama. We are buying a new wallet…

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    • Yiu Fung


      3 Foo Ming Street

      Established in Shanghai and brought to Hong Kong around 60 years ago, Yiu Fung specialises in Chinese snacks: pickled and preserved fruits, nuts and also dried meat products such as beef, pork and fish…

      Streetsnaps
    • Christ the King Chapel


      33 Caroline Hill Road

      Dedicated to Christ the King, this chapel is part of the St Paul’s compound in Causeway Bay which also houses a convent and hospital. Its history can be traced back to 1848, when four Sisters of St Paul of Chartres arrived in Hong Kong…

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    • Ms Lam


      Flyer lady

      “I’m from Sun Wui and live in Kowloon. I’m just helping a friend to pass out flyers for a few days. I stand here and get to see lots of different people on this…

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    • Uke


      Performer of Causeway Bay

      “I’m wearing makeup and costume that I bought in Indonesia for performances and competitions. I’ve just finished buying something here in Causeway Bay…

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    • Kasey Cheung


      Producer

      “I’ve worked in Causeway Bay for 15 years. There are a lot of music and production companies in this area. In Catic Plaza, there are five to six floors of post-production companies…

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    • Scott Chou


      Fan of President Theatre

      “I’m a huge fan of the movies. I go to the cinema at least once a week and the President Theatre is really my favourite place to go. I guess it all comes from when I was young…

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    • The Tsui Brothers


      Cartoonists

      “We’re the Tsui Brothers, the authors of Milktealogy. It’s our research project about ‘cha chaan teng’ culture here in Hong Kong…

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    • Rosanna Ma & Ben Leung


      Zeta store owners

      “We opened our shop first on Lan Fong Road in 1986, and then we moved to Lee Garden One in 2005, so we’ve had this shop for 32 years. We have seen Causeway Bay change over these years, and we have built up so many memories here.”

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    • Liza Wang


      Accomplished artist

      It was just last year that Liza Wang, Hong Kong’s most beloved diva, actress, and Cantonese Opera artist, celebrated the 50th year of her glorious career. Having mesmerised a whole generation of Hongkongers…

      Interviews
    • Yee Shun Milk Company


      506 Lockhart Road

      Ask anyone in Hong Kong where to get the best steamed milk pudding, and they will likely point you towards Yee Shun Dairy Company.

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    • Brian Siswojo & Ball Ng


      Founder & Head Barber / Partner, Handsome Factory

      Nestled in a quiet corner of Causeway Bay is a street known for its neighbourhood vibe and eclectic mix of independent shops. In 2015, skate shop owner Brian Siswojo…

      Interviews
    • Sim Sim


      Owner, Jardine Bazaar stall

      “I’ve been here for 47 years. I love the women who like my stall. They bring their relatives and friends to visit and I’ve watched them grow from young women…

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    • Mr Chu


      Owner, Kung Wo Tong

      “Kung Wo Tong is a family business that can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty when herbal turtle jelly was consumed frequently. We first opened on Temple Street…

      #Culture   #Food  
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    • Lindsey McAlister


      Founder, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF)

      If there is such a thing as kismet, Lindsey McAlister believes it’s what brought her to Hong Kong. Nearly 30 years ago, the young British arts worker…

      Interviews
    • The Fjelddahl Family


      Neena, Parida, Bobo the dog, Bjorn, Noa

      Neena: “Causeway Bay is home.”
      Bjorn: “We’ve lived in Causeway Bay for about 10 years…

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    • Michell Lie


      Brand manager, ink artist & candle maker

      “In my eyes, Causeway Bay is a cultural gem. I spent my entire secondary school life here, living next to Victoria Park…

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    • Dr Lau


      Chinese Medicine Practitioner

      Dr Lau Tai-yum can recall the days when Lee Garden was just a quarry where he and his school friends would play. “There were only a couple of shops…

      Interviews
    • Irene Lee


      Chairman of Hysan Development

      There are very few people who know the origin of a suburb, let alone one as integral to Hong Kong as Causeway Bay. But for Irene Lee, granddaughter of Lee Hysan and current chairman of Hysan Development, she can look back on the neighbourhood’s inception…

      Interviews
    • Hong Kong Street Snack Stalls


      Hong Kong street snack stalls are peppered throughout the city’s densest districts, serving office workers, hungry shoppers, teenagers and tourists. Each stall has its own specialty. In Causeway Bay, many of them are busy all day ladling out their signature siu mai and curry fishballs…

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    • Jessica Lau


      Program Manager, Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation (SEED)

      A giant satellite dish is not what you’d expect to find in the middle of a farm, but then again, this is no ordinary farm: it’s located on…

      Interviews
    • Alison and Eden


      Residents of Causeway Bay

      Alison: “He loves to exercise, I like to sleep. He has OCD and I’m easy going. He likes to cook, I love to eat. It works out perfectly…

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    • Gabriel


      Kid of Tai Hang

      “I’m happy because I’m on holiday today and I’m going to the market! My bag is full of snacks and water…

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    • Darren Lo


      Co-founder, Playdium

      Don’t call Playdium an arcade – it’s a “virtual reality experience studio” where you can play fully immersive games with the help of top-of-the-line Razer computers and HTC Vive VR goggles…

      Interviews
    • Boon Yuen


      French Bulldog

      “I live above Fung Shing Restaurant. Every day I go for a walk at the Happy Valley racecourse then rest by the benches. Then we go for another round before…

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    • James Robertson


      Founder of El Grande Concepts

      Chances are you’ve eaten at one of El Grande Concepts’ many bars and restaurants. They include Hong Kong favourites Grappa’s and Inn Side Out. Founder James Robertson…

      Interviews
    • Takeo and Ryuma Iwami


      Hong Kong Judo Kan

      Over 50 years ago, Ryuma Iwami’s father Takeo came to Hong Kong with the desire to bring with him a part of Japan and its culture: judo. His dojo, Hong Kong Judo Kan, was established in Prince Edward in 1966, and later relocated to Causeway Bay.

      Interviews
    • Charmaine Choi


      Shopper in Causeway Bay

      “I just finished shopping at Victoria’s Secret; I was really excited when I found out they were opening as I’d always go there with my girlfriends when I studied overseas…

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    • Celia Leung


      Branding designer

      “As a designer, I take a lot of inspiration from minimalistic Northern European design – which is the absolute opposite to the sights and sounds of Causeway Bay…

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    • Four Generations of the Lee Family


      At the historic opening of Lee Garden Three in November 2018, Irene Lee, Chairman of Hysan Development remarked, “We have four generations of the Lee family here today to celebrate the opening of Lee Garden Three…

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    • Penn Law


      Fan of Gentle Monster

      “I’ve been living in Happy Valley since the day I was born — I’m used to living there and I wouldn’t want to leave. On my days off, I walk my dog from…

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    • The Lee Gardens Hotel


      Joseph Yung, former General Manager and Toh Toh Ma, former Chief Executive

      Even now, 25 years after its doors closed for the last time, the legacy of Lee Gardens Hotel lives on in the memory of those who called the hotel their home…

      Interviews
    • Annie Chu


      Causeway Bay yogi

      “Today I’m taking a Vinyasa class. I come to Causeway Bay every weekend for yoga and I like how fluid and flowy these classes are…

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    • Grandma Poon


      Resident of Causeway Bay

      “I was born on Lockhart Road back in 1933. I was 20 years old when I was sent to Cuba to be married and have a family. We came back in 1960 and later bought property…

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    • Mimosa Lee


      Salesperson

      “My favourite thing in Causeway Bay? The sound of the peanut shells crunching under my feet at Inn Side Out back when it was in Sunning Plaza. I had some great…

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    • Wan Chai Fire Station


      435 Hennessy Road

      Wan Chai Fire Station is the oldest fire station still standing in Hong Kong. Its maroon facade and retro-style balconies distinguish it from other fire stations in the city, which have followed a standard design since 1958.

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    • Anita & Miga


      Social media strategist & make-up artist

      Anita (right): “I moved to Hong Kong when I married my husband, who is Australian Chinese. Miga and I grew up in Taiwan. She’s my cousin and also my best friend…

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    • Mr Cheng


      Owner, Paris Cotton Singlets Company

      My father and I were refugees who came to Hong Kong in 1948. At first, he worked at a construction site for HK$5 a day. We rented half a store and set up a…

      Interviews
    • Amanda & Rebecca Li


      Twins

      “We love this bear so much, we tried to match our outfits with him today…

      Streetsnaps
    • Sandy Ki


      Owner, Old San Yang

      It’s difficult to imagine Causeway Bay as anything but a bustling metropolis, but Sandy Ki has witnessed the neighbourhood evolve into the burgeoning business and shopping hub it is today…

      Interviews
    • Him Him & Melo


      Toddlers at Victoria Park

      “Both our parents brought us to Victoria Park to play today. We didn’t know each other before…

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    • eslite


      A platform for culture

      Renowned Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang’s latest play “Why We Chat” was inspired by the classic Chinese literary collection Liaozhai Zhiyi…

      Interviews
    • Uncle Leung


      Street vendor

      “We picked this spot on Leighton Road today because it’s spacious and we aren’t in peoples’ way. We’ve been here for over 40 years. We used to roast chestnuts…

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    • Yum Sing Bar


      Rosalie Carpio and Alex Lai

      “You ask me how deep my love for you is. How much do I really love you? My affection is real, my love is real. The moon represents my heart…”

      Teresa Teng’s beloved song is an apt choice for Rosalie Carpio’s set list…

      Interviews
    • Harold Poon


      Product designer

      “Causeway Bay is where I met my wife, so I guess it’s a special place for me. I also love it because it’s got loads of character. There are all these small local shops…

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    • Celia Garcia


      Long-term Po Leung Kuk volunteer

      “Have you ever heard of ‘airplane olives’? Hawkers would scream from the ground floor, selling their snacks from the street, so we’d drop money down from our balcony and they’d throw the olives up to us…

      Interviews
    • Giselle


      Kid of Causeway Bay

      “Today I’m with Mummy in Causeway Bay before she takes me to playgroup. We’re enjoying looking at all the plants sold here…

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    • Auntie Yuk


      Pantyhose vendor on Pak Sha Road

      “I’ve had customers, including celebrities and politicians, who would definitely get upset if I ever moved my stall. I’m sure they’d be asking people…

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    • Candy Cheung


      Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter Seafood Owner

      “We grew up here on the water. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter used to be filled with these floating restaurants, but by the 90s, they’d begun to disappear. Some of the few that remained eventually shut down and opened up on-land instead…

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    • Jimmy Leung


      Martial artist and Founder, THE FIGHTERS CLUB

      If it were up to Jimmy Leung, he’d have begun his martial arts training when he was a little kid. But the biggest adversary to his plan wasn’t some opponent in the ring…

      Interviews
    • Gwyneth


      Shop owner

      “I studied design and used to work in marketing. One day, I did a fashion show and one of the sponsors asked why I wasn’t in fashion because I seemed to have a sense for it…

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    • Cloye Anna


      Kid of Causeway Bay

      “I am going to IKEA. It’s really fun there…

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    • Sam Pinder


      General Manager, Hong Kong Sevens

      Sam Pinder laughs when he is asked why he became a rugby player. “I hail from New Zealand – and I’m pretty sure when you get born there, you get a rugby ball…

      Interviews
    • Jimmy Lee


      Owner, Red Pepper

      “In 1967, I worked as an apprentice at an architecture office by day and then went to night school. I worked on the first floor of the Lee Garden building…

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    • Pink


      Makeup artist

      Pink relaxes at her favourite cafe and shares her journey from banking to beauty: “I love being a make-up artist. I love beauty but I find it rewarding to help others…

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    • Ryan, Ryan, Jacky, Danny


      Basketball players

      Danny: “I play basketball here a few times a week. I also go to Southern Stadium because my school is there but I prefer Victoria Park because I can get to know more…

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    • Paul & Jocelyn


      Lovebirds of Causeway Bay

      Jocelyn: “I moved to Hong Kong from the Chicago suburbs at the age of 11. Causeway Bay was a total assault on the senses in the best way possible – there is so much energy and vibrancy, but also an an instant connection to the pulse of Hong Kong.”

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    • Cynthia Leung


      Owner, Cat Store

      It all started 18 years ago when my partner ‘Ah Mao’ (Cat) and I had an vintage store on Percival Street. She collected a lot and we soon ran out of space…

      Interviews
    • Grace Lam


      Fashion stylist

      Causeway Bay has always been part of life for Grace Lam. Growing up in Hong Kong, she attended St. Paul’s Convent School for kindergarten…

      Interviews
    • Mr Cheung


      Owner, Ambassador Barber Parlour

      I’ve worked here for over 50 years, 30 in this location and 20 in the last. I came to Causeway Bay in 1978 and when my old bosses retired…

      Interviews
    • Yolanda Ng


      District Councillor of Wan Chai

      For Yolanda Ng, becoming District Councillor of Wan Chai was somewhat a stroke of fate. From a young age, the Hong Kong born-and-bred Yolanda aspired to be a writer…

      Interviews
    • Jason Capobianco


      Photographer & filmmaker

      “That small alley of undercover shops inside Leishun Court is a visual masterpiece, a total cinematic moment. Fruit stand, old school printer, dai pai dong…

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    • Zoroastrian Prayer Hall in Causeway Bay


      Neville Shroff, President, and Ervad Homyar Nasirabadwala, Priest of The Incorporated Trustees of the Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao

      Zoroastrianism is known as the oldest practiced religion in the world: originating in ancient Persia over three thousand years ago…

      Interviews
    • Noonday Gun


      A beloved tradition

      A loud ‘bang’ echoes from the Causeway Bay waterfront at precisely 12pm every day. It’s the Noonday Gun, a three-pound artillery gun…

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    • Daniel Man


      Professional football player

      “I’m a professional football player. I used to play for Lee Man FC and before that I played at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley for over ten years…

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    • Otto Leong


      A childhood spent at Lee Theatre

      Lee Theatre was once one of the city’s most glamorous institutions. Standing at the very edge of Percival Street, it opened to the public in 1927 and hosted a range of shows from Cantonese opera to film screenings, and even the Miss Hong Kong pageant during its heyday…

      Interviews
    • Co-working in Causeway Bay


      Nancy Yip, Area Director, IWG and Thomas Hui, Co-founder & CEO, theDesk

      For Thomas Hui, it’s all about building communities. He’s the co-founder and CEO of theDesk, a co-working brand with four offices in Hong Kong, and one upcoming office in Shanghai. For Nancy Yip, it’s about creating a welcoming environment. She’s the Area Director for International Workplace Group…

      Interviews
    • Savin Kwok


      Owner, Tak Shing Tea Stall

      “My dad operated Tak Shing Tea Stall from 1972 to 2003. It was two carts in an alley between Lan Fong and Pak Sha Roads that sold milk tea, coffee, beef ball and…

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    • Tia Antiyas


      Indonesian domestic helper

      “I’ve been in Hong Kong for 10 years and I feel it’s great here. It’s so much better because it’s so hard to make money in Indonesia. A lot of Indonesian domestic…

      Streetsnaps
    • Andrew Chui


      Managing Director, Tai Ping Koon Restaurant Group

      Tai Ping Koon started in 1860 during the Qing Dynasty, when Guangzhou was an accessible entrepôt for foreign trade…

      Interviews
    • JJ Acuna


      Owner of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio

      JJ Acuna’s connection with Causeway Bay began the moment he arrived in Hong Kong from New York more than 12 years ago. “It was my first neighbourhood…

      Interviews


    Causeway Bay: Then & Now


    Feature

    Causeway Bay embodies the many facets of Hong Kong – the fast pace, fascinating contrasts and dynamic energy. From the city’s very beginning to the present day, its diversity and vibrancy makes it a beloved neighbourhood.

    • Dr Lam


      Retired doctor

      “I am learning tai chi from Master Tang whose moves are really beautiful. You see other people doing tai chi in Victoria Park, or elsewhere, and they are making the…

      Streetsnaps
    • Cindy


      Newspaper vendor

      “I used to be a secretary at HSBC. No one believes me when I say that! This newspaper stand was my uncle’s, but he decided not to work anymore and I took over…

      Streetsnaps
    • Craigengower Cricket Club


      188 Wong Nai Chung Road

      Founded in 1894 and originally located on Bonham Road, the Craigengower Cricket Club was constructed for the students of Victoria English School.

      Streetsnaps
    • May Fung


      Founder, Arts and Culture Outreach

      Long before there was Art Basel Hong Kong, long before international galleries opened their doors and jet-setting collectors began coming here…

      Interviews

    Celebrating Causeway Bay


    Feature

    A neighbourhood in flux, Causeway Bay’s constant evolution keeps residents and visitors coming back for more. Whether it’s fashion, food, film or art, it’s a part of Hong Kong that keeps people mesmerised and inspired.

    • Irene, Snowie & Kolar


      Husky owner

      “I grew up in Causeway Bay and used to live in Tai Hang, so this area has always been my home. This is Snowie and Kolar. I’ve had Kolar for a long time; he’s 11 now while Snowie is five years old…

      Streetsnaps
    • Marian


      Tourist

      “I’m a flight attendant from Holland and I’m here for two nights. I come to Hong Kong a few times a year for work and sometimes I go sightseeing but this time…

      Streetsnaps
    • K1 and Chun


      Fans of Danish Bakery

      “Places like the Danish Bakery are really special. They’re independent shops and so there’s only one in Causeway. In fact, I think there’s only one in the whole…

      #Food   #Places  
      Streetsnaps
    • Kyle & Victoria


      International students

      Kyle: “We are international students in Hong Kong who come to the library to work as it’s kind of distracting at home. It’s really convenient and there’s a bit of…

      Streetsnaps

    We are the neighbourhood


    Feature

    Thanks to its historic role as the centre of gravity for social life on Hong Kong island, Causeway Bay is home to some of the city’s most tight-knit communities. Some have been around for generations, others are only just developing.

    • Christopher DeWolf


      Journalist

      Ever since he was a teenager, Christopher DeWolf has been fascinated by cities: “I’ve always been interested in them and what makes them tick….

      Interviews
    • Clement Ng


      Salesperson, Journalize

      “We aren’t really like other stationery stores and people started noticing us when we were mentioned in a blog. We slowly developed our own style of running a store…

      Streetsnaps
    • Olaf


      The dog

      “I’m nearly 2 years old now. I love going out and always wear my rain coat in bad weather. Today, I’m at Fashion Walk and we are stopping for a break at…

      Streetsnaps
    • St. Mary's Church


      Local Landmark

      St. Mary’s Church is an Anglican church that began in 1911 as a chapel for those at the Eyre Diocesan Refuge. Much of the early work depended on volunteers and donations…

      Streetsnaps

    Causeway Bay: A Progressive District


    Feature

    Causeway Bay has always been at the forefront of trends and developments. The neighbourhood is home to some of the most progressive brands in the world as well as some of the most advanced buildings in the city.

    • Karen See


      Co-founder, {embrace} worldwide

      “I worked for a global advertising agency as its Chief Communications Officer for many years and used to catch the minibus from Causeway Bay nearly every day…

      Streetsnaps
    • Brother Fai


      Fire Dragon Commander-in-Chief,
      Tai Hang Residents’ Welfare Association

      Tai Hang is still a village, even if it is being swallowed up by the high-rise city that surrounds it. Walk through its narrow grid of streets and you’ll find…

      Interviews
    • Yau Lee Bean Sauce


      1A Canal Road East

      Nestled in the bustling Canal Street, Yau Lee Bean Sauce has been a top purveyor of fu yu (fermented bean curd) in Hong Kong for nearly 60 years.

      Streetsnaps
    • Auntie Chiu


      Villain hitter

      I’m from Dongguan and my family, we had a lot of farms there. I was really busy planting mandarins, we had pigs, cows and chickens…

      Interviews

    A day in the life of Causeway Bay


    Feature

    The rhythm of its streets changes constantly from dawn till late into the night, capturing the ebb and flow of its people as the spaces they inhabit transform throughout the day.

    • Yiu Fung


      3 Foo Ming Street

      Established in Shanghai and brought to Hong Kong around 60 years ago, Yiu Fung specialises in Chinese snacks: pickled and preserved fruits, nuts and also dried meat products such as beef, pork and fish…

      Streetsnaps
    • Christ the King Chapel


      33 Caroline Hill Road

      Dedicated to Christ the King, this chapel is part of the St Paul’s compound in Causeway Bay which also houses a convent and hospital. Its history can be traced back to 1848, when four Sisters of St Paul of Chartres arrived in Hong Kong…

      Streetsnaps
    • Ms Lam


      Flyer lady

      “I’m from Sun Wui and live in Kowloon. I’m just helping a friend to pass out flyers for a few days. I stand here and get to see lots of different people on this…

      Streetsnaps
    • Uke


      Performer of Causeway Bay

      “I’m wearing makeup and costume that I bought in Indonesia for performances and competitions. I’ve just finished buying something here in Causeway Bay…

      Streetsnaps
    • Chien Lee


      Chairman of Bei Shan Tang Foundation

      For Chien Lee, Chairman of the Bei Shan Tang Foundation, a passion and support for Chinese culture and the arts has always been in his blood. Grandson of Lee Hysan and son of Dr. Jung Sen Lee…

      Interviews
    • Christine Tsoi


      Marketing Manager

      “As a child, I would walk along this street on my way to school. I didn’t know then that decades later, I would still be passing by these same pigeons…

      Streetsnaps
    • You You & Vicky


      Sisters

      “We usually go home to get changed for after-school classes, but today we’re relaxing at the park. We love playing in Victoria Park…

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    • Angel Wong


      Kid of Causeway Bay

      “I’m going shopping with my mama. We are buying a new wallet…

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    • Kasey Cheung


      Producer

      “I’ve worked in Causeway Bay for 15 years. There are a lot of music and production companies in this area. In Catic Plaza, there are five to six floors of post-production companies…

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    • Scott Chou


      Fan of President Theatre

      “I’m a huge fan of the movies. I go to the cinema at least once a week and the President Theatre is really my favourite place to go. I guess it all comes from when I was young…

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    • The Tsui Brothers


      Cartoonists

      “We’re the Tsui Brothers, the authors of Milktealogy. It’s our research project about ‘cha chaan teng’ culture here in Hong Kong…

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    • Rosanna Ma & Ben Leung


      Zeta store owners

      “We opened our shop first on Lan Fong Road in 1986, and then we moved to Lee Garden One in 2005, so we’ve had this shop for 32 years. We have seen Causeway Bay change over these years, and we have built up so many memories here.”

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    • Liza Wang


      Accomplished artist

      It was just last year that Liza Wang, Hong Kong’s most beloved diva, actress, and Cantonese Opera artist, celebrated the 50th year of her glorious career. Having mesmerised a whole generation of Hongkongers…

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    • Yee Shun Milk Company


      506 Lockhart Road

      Ask anyone in Hong Kong where to get the best steamed milk pudding, and they will likely point you towards Yee Shun Dairy Company.

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    • Brian Siswojo & Ball Ng


      Founder & Head Barber / Partner, Handsome Factory

      Nestled in a quiet corner of Causeway Bay is a street known for its neighbourhood vibe and eclectic mix of independent shops. In 2015, skate shop owner Brian Siswojo…

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    • Sim Sim


      Owner, Jardine Bazaar stall

      “I’ve been here for 47 years. I love the women who like my stall. They bring their relatives and friends to visit and I’ve watched them grow from young women…

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    • Mr Chu


      Owner, Kung Wo Tong

      “Kung Wo Tong is a family business that can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty when herbal turtle jelly was consumed frequently. We first opened on Temple Street…

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    • Lindsey McAlister


      Founder, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF)

      If there is such a thing as kismet, Lindsey McAlister believes it’s what brought her to Hong Kong. Nearly 30 years ago, the young British arts worker…

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    • The Fjelddahl Family


      Neena, Parida, Bobo the dog, Bjorn, Noa

      Neena: “Causeway Bay is home.”
      Bjorn: “We’ve lived in Causeway Bay for about 10 years…

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    • Michell Lie


      Brand manager, ink artist & candle maker

      “In my eyes, Causeway Bay is a cultural gem. I spent my entire secondary school life here, living next to Victoria Park…

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    • Dr Lau


      Chinese Medicine Practitioner

      Dr Lau Tai-yum can recall the days when Lee Garden was just a quarry where he and his school friends would play. “There were only a couple of shops…

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    • Irene Lee


      Chairman of Hysan Development

      There are very few people who know the origin of a suburb, let alone one as integral to Hong Kong as Causeway Bay. But for Irene Lee, granddaughter of Lee Hysan and current chairman of Hysan Development, she can look back on the neighbourhood’s inception…

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    • Hong Kong Street Snack Stalls


      Hong Kong street snack stalls are peppered throughout the city’s densest districts, serving office workers, hungry shoppers, teenagers and tourists. Each stall has its own specialty. In Causeway Bay, many of them are busy all day ladling out their signature siu mai and curry fishballs…

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    • Jessica Lau


      Program Manager, Sustainable Ecological Ethical Development Foundation (SEED)

      A giant satellite dish is not what you’d expect to find in the middle of a farm, but then again, this is no ordinary farm: it’s located on…

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    • Alison and Eden


      Residents of Causeway Bay

      Alison: “He loves to exercise, I like to sleep. He has OCD and I’m easy going. He likes to cook, I love to eat. It works out perfectly…

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    • Gabriel


      Kid of Tai Hang

      “I’m happy because I’m on holiday today and I’m going to the market! My bag is full of snacks and water…

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    • Darren Lo


      Co-founder, Playdium

      Don’t call Playdium an arcade – it’s a “virtual reality experience studio” where you can play fully immersive games with the help of top-of-the-line Razer computers and HTC Vive VR goggles…

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    • Boon Yuen


      French Bulldog

      “I live above Fung Shing Restaurant. Every day I go for a walk at the Happy Valley racecourse then rest by the benches. Then we go for another round before…

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    • James Robertson


      Founder of El Grande Concepts

      Chances are you’ve eaten at one of El Grande Concepts’ many bars and restaurants. They include Hong Kong favourites Grappa’s and Inn Side Out. Founder James Robertson…

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    • Takeo and Ryuma Iwami


      Hong Kong Judo Kan

      Over 50 years ago, Ryuma Iwami’s father Takeo came to Hong Kong with the desire to bring with him a part of Japan and its culture: judo. His dojo, Hong Kong Judo Kan, was established in Prince Edward in 1966, and later relocated to Causeway Bay.

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    • Charmaine Choi


      Shopper in Causeway Bay

      “I just finished shopping at Victoria’s Secret; I was really excited when I found out they were opening as I’d always go there with my girlfriends when I studied overseas…

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    • Celia Leung


      Branding designer

      “As a designer, I take a lot of inspiration from minimalistic Northern European design – which is the absolute opposite to the sights and sounds of Causeway Bay…

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    • Grandma Poon


      Resident of Causeway Bay

      “I was born on Lockhart Road back in 1933. I was 20 years old when I was sent to Cuba to be married and have a family. We came back in 1960 and later bought property…

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    • Mimosa Lee


      Salesperson

      “My favourite thing in Causeway Bay? The sound of the peanut shells crunching under my feet at Inn Side Out back when it was in Sunning Plaza. I had some great…

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    • Wan Chai Fire Station


      435 Hennessy Road

      Wan Chai Fire Station is the oldest fire station still standing in Hong Kong. Its maroon facade and retro-style balconies distinguish it from other fire stations in the city, which have followed a standard design since 1958.

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    • Anita & Miga


      Social media strategist & make-up artist

      Anita (right): “I moved to Hong Kong when I married my husband, who is Australian Chinese. Miga and I grew up in Taiwan. She’s my cousin and also my best friend…

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    • eslite


      A platform for culture

      Renowned Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang’s latest play “Why We Chat” was inspired by the classic Chinese literary collection Liaozhai Zhiyi…

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    • Uncle Leung


      Street vendor

      “We picked this spot on Leighton Road today because it’s spacious and we aren’t in peoples’ way. We’ve been here for over 40 years. We used to roast chestnuts…

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    • Yum Sing Bar


      Rosalie Carpio and Alex Lai

      “You ask me how deep my love for you is. How much do I really love you? My affection is real, my love is real. The moon represents my heart…”

      Teresa Teng’s beloved song is an apt choice for Rosalie Carpio’s set list…

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    • Harold Poon


      Product designer

      “Causeway Bay is where I met my wife, so I guess it’s a special place for me. I also love it because it’s got loads of character. There are all these small local shops…

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    • Celia Garcia


      Long-term Po Leung Kuk volunteer

      “Have you ever heard of ‘airplane olives’? Hawkers would scream from the ground floor, selling their snacks from the street, so we’d drop money down from our balcony and they’d throw the olives up to us…

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    • Giselle


      Kid of Causeway Bay

      “Today I’m with Mummy in Causeway Bay before she takes me to playgroup. We’re enjoying looking at all the plants sold here…

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    • Auntie Yuk


      Pantyhose vendor on Pak Sha Road

      “I’ve had customers, including celebrities and politicians, who would definitely get upset if I ever moved my stall. I’m sure they’d be asking people…

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    • Candy Cheung


      Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter Seafood Owner

      “We grew up here on the water. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter used to be filled with these floating restaurants, but by the 90s, they’d begun to disappear. Some of the few that remained eventually shut down and opened up on-land instead…

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    • Jimmy Leung


      Martial artist and Founder, THE FIGHTERS CLUB

      If it were up to Jimmy Leung, he’d have begun his martial arts training when he was a little kid. But the biggest adversary to his plan wasn’t some opponent in the ring…

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    • Gwyneth


      Shop owner

      “I studied design and used to work in marketing. One day, I did a fashion show and one of the sponsors asked why I wasn’t in fashion because I seemed to have a sense for it…

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    • Cloye Anna


      Kid of Causeway Bay

      “I am going to IKEA. It’s really fun there…

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    • Sam Pinder


      General Manager, Hong Kong Sevens

      Sam Pinder laughs when he is asked why he became a rugby player. “I hail from New Zealand – and I’m pretty sure when you get born there, you get a rugby ball…

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    • Jimmy Lee


      Owner, Red Pepper

      “In 1967, I worked as an apprentice at an architecture office by day and then went to night school. I worked on the first floor of the Lee Garden building…

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    • Pink


      Makeup artist

      Pink relaxes at her favourite cafe and shares her journey from banking to beauty: “I love being a make-up artist. I love beauty but I find it rewarding to help others…

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    • Ryan, Ryan, Jacky, Danny


      Basketball players

      Danny: “I play basketball here a few times a week. I also go to Southern Stadium because my school is there but I prefer Victoria Park because I can get to know more…

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    • Paul & Jocelyn


      Lovebirds of Causeway Bay

      Jocelyn: “I moved to Hong Kong from the Chicago suburbs at the age of 11. Causeway Bay was a total assault on the senses in the best way possible – there is so much energy and vibrancy, but also an an instant connection to the pulse of Hong Kong.”

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    • Cynthia Leung


      Owner, Cat Store

      It all started 18 years ago when my partner ‘Ah Mao’ (Cat) and I had an vintage store on Percival Street. She collected a lot and we soon ran out of space…

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    • Grace Lam


      Fashion stylist

      Causeway Bay has always been part of life for Grace Lam. Growing up in Hong Kong, she attended St. Paul’s Convent School for kindergarten…

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    • Mr Cheung


      Owner, Ambassador Barber Parlour

      I’ve worked here for over 50 years, 30 in this location and 20 in the last. I came to Causeway Bay in 1978 and when my old bosses retired…

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    • Yolanda Ng


      District Councillor of Wan Chai

      For Yolanda Ng, becoming District Councillor of Wan Chai was somewhat a stroke of fate. From a young age, the Hong Kong born-and-bred Yolanda aspired to be a writer…

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    • Otto Leong


      A childhood spent at Lee Theatre

      Lee Theatre was once one of the city’s most glamorous institutions. Standing at the very edge of Percival Street, it opened to the public in 1927 and hosted a range of shows from Cantonese opera to film screenings, and even the Miss Hong Kong pageant during its heyday…

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    • Co-working in Causeway Bay


      Nancy Yip, Area Director, IWG and Thomas Hui, Co-founder & CEO, theDesk

      For Thomas Hui, it’s all about building communities. He’s the co-founder and CEO of theDesk, a co-working brand with four offices in Hong Kong, and one upcoming office in Shanghai. For Nancy Yip, it’s about creating a welcoming environment. She’s the Area Director for International Workplace Group…

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    • Savin Kwok


      Owner, Tak Shing Tea Stall

      “My dad operated Tak Shing Tea Stall from 1972 to 2003. It was two carts in an alley between Lan Fong and Pak Sha Roads that sold milk tea, coffee, beef ball and…

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    • Tia Antiyas


      Indonesian domestic helper

      “I’ve been in Hong Kong for 10 years and I feel it’s great here. It’s so much better because it’s so hard to make money in Indonesia. A lot of Indonesian domestic…

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    • Andrew Chui


      Managing Director, Tai Ping Koon Restaurant Group

      Tai Ping Koon started in 1860 during the Qing Dynasty, when Guangzhou was an accessible entrepôt for foreign trade…

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    • JJ Acuna


      Owner of JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio

      JJ Acuna’s connection with Causeway Bay began the moment he arrived in Hong Kong from New York more than 12 years ago. “It was my first neighbourhood…

      Interviews
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