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Causeway Bay: When East Meets West 32
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    03/2018

    Causeway Bay is not just about shopping and entertainment. In fact, there is a surprisingly rich amount of history and culture in the delightful variety of architecture the district offers. Causeway Bay is home to an array of interesting structures, from an octagonal Chinese temple, an impressive Chinese renaissance-style church, to a Neo-Classical structure that houses the headquarters of a prominent local charity. The interplay between Chinese and Western styles, together with the juxtaposition of the old with the new in the cityscape, combine to chart the evolution of Hong Kong from its colonial past to the present day.

     

    1. Lin Fa Temple
    Built in 1863, Lin Fa Temple stands out among its Chinese temple peers with its unique octagonal shape. It is also the starting point of the annual fire dragon dance in Tai Hang.
     
    2. Lai Tak Tsuen
    Many public housing estate buildings are of Y or H design, have you ever seen a cylindrical design? Built in 1975, Lai Kit Lau and Tak Chuen Lau's Lai Tak Tsuen are the only two public housing estate buildings of their kind in Hong Kong. The cylindrical design with fan-shaped units enhances natural lighting and ventilation.
     
    3. Wun Sha Street
    The Chinese name of Wun Sha Street literally means "silk washing", referring to a nearby nullah where residents used to wash silk. The northern part of the street is now known as Fire Dragon Path, as it became one of the main venues for the fire dragon dance, which takes place in Tai Hang every year.
     
    4. Hung Shing Yi Hok , No. 12 School Street
    Formerly a school for underprivileged students, Hung Shing Yi Hok exhibits a rustic cubic structure with white walls and a flat roof. It underwent a revamp in 1949 and is now listed as a Grade III historic building by the government.
     
    5. Hong Kong Central Library
    Hong Kong Central Library opened in 2001 and is the largest public library in Hong Kong. It was designed in a postmodern style, with the outer walls giving a nod to the Renaissance, combining Grecian columns and modern glass curtain walls, while the central courtyard and bullet elevator are reminiscent of Hong Kong's shopping malls.
     
    6. St. Mary's Church
    Sheng Kung Hui St. Mary's Church was constructed in 1937 in a Chinese Renaissance style, rich in Chinese architectural features, making it one-of-a-kind on Hong Kong Island.
     
    7. Christ the King Chapel
    The 1930-built Christ the King Chapel is a rare archetype of Pre-WWII Renaissance architecture: With the ornate Corinthian columns and a majestic dome on the exterior, it features an indoor space unobstructed by supporting structures, with were also place outside, making all characteristics of the building visible.
     
    8. Pedestrian Footbrige in Yee Wo Street
    Constructed in 1985, this unique pedestrian structure is the very first footbridge in town with a circular shape that resembles a carousel. Hung strikingly above the bustling Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay, it was a shooting location of the sci-fi action film Ghost in the Shell.
     
    9. Fashion Walk
    Situated at the heart of Causeway Bay, Fashion Walk is a tourist destination that stretches across the four streets of Great George, Paterson, Kingston and Cleveland. The area once housed a few Japanese department stores, including Daimaru – which had a minibus stop right at its front door and is now transformed into an indoor shopping center – and Matsuzakaya, which was based in Hang Lung Centre, the commercial block where McDonald's opened its very first outlet in Hong Kong.
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