1. Noonday Gun
At 12:00 noon every day, a one-shot salvo is fired at the side of the sea in Causeway Bay. This is the Noonday Gun, fired by Jardine Matheson Group, one of the oldest British hongs in Hong Kong, for more than 140 years. In the old days, every time a taipan of the Group arrived in or departed from Hong Kong, a salvo was fired to welcome or farewell him. It is said that the arrangement displeased the senior members of the British Military Force, who thus ordered the firm to fire the gun every midday as a kind of punishment but also as a time signal. The firing of the gun still continues, and the battery is open to the public for 30 minutes daily after the salvo. Nevertheless, visitors can always have a good look at the battery behind some railings.
Transport: Take the MTR to Causeway Bay Station and leave by Exit D1 to The Excelsior, then take the pedestrian subway on Gloucester Road. You may also get to this subway that leads to the Noonday Gun by following the signs in the car park of the World Trade Centre.
2. Victoria Park
Victoria Park is an oasis in the downtown area of Eastern District. Every morning the park sees large numbers of people practising Tai Chi or running on the jogging track or simply flailing their arms and turning their waists to lumber up their bodies. With its numerous sports facilities, the park is an ideal place for doing exercises or building yourself up physically. There you can go jogging, swimming, playing tennis, basketball, football, squash or lawn bowls. You can also get a "taste" of sole reflexology on the foot reflexology path for free. During the weekend, hordes of foreign domestic helpers gather in the park to have happy meetings with fellow compatriots. The park is often chosen as the venue for large-scale carnivals or festive celebrations.
Transport: Take the MTR to Causeway Bay Station, leave by Exit E and follow Great George Street; or take the MTR to Tin Hau Station, leave by Exit A2 and turn left.
3. Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay
The Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay is one of the largest Tin Hau Temples on Hong Kong Island. At Tin Hau Festival in April or May every year, the devout swarm to the temple to worship Tin Hau, and there is a magnificent scene of the burning of joss sticks and candles. According to legend, Tin Hau was born in the Sung Dynasty and her mortal name was Lam Mak Leung. With the supernatural ability to foretell the coming of storms and rains, she saved a lot of people from disasters of the sea. Therefore, she is treated by many seafaring folks as their patron saint. The temple is a traditional Chinese two-hall structure, and there are drum terraces on both sides at the main entrance. The roof ridge is decorated by delicate ceramic figurines made in Shi Wan.
Transport: Take the MTR to Tin Hau Station and leave by Exit A1, cross King's Road and take Tin Hau Temple Road.
4. Open-air Bazaar on Marble Road
The open-air bazaar on Marble Road is near the North Point MTR Station and sells mainly clothing and trinkets at very reasonable prices. When you do shopping in the bazaar, you may as well have a try of your bargaining skills and get some unexpected fun from it. The long and narrow streets around Marble Road are flanked by old tenement buildings representing the simplicity and practicality of the older part of Eastern District.
To facilitate visitors shopping there, the section between Tong Shui Road and Shu Kuk Street of Marble Road has been designated as pedestrian zone from 11:00am to 8:00pm daily.
Transport: Take the MTR to North Point Station and leave by Exit A2 or A4.
5. Little Lan Kwai Fong
Around the commercial buildings at Taikoo Place in Quarry Bay, there are a lot of restaurants serving various kinds of gourmet cuisines at a wide range of prices. They have made the place a chic dining spot in Eastern District. The cuisines served include Thai, Belgian, Vietnamese, Japanese and different Chinese specialities. Vegetarian cuisine is also served. Most of the restaurants are clustered in Tong Chong Street, but the nearby lanes and alleys are also studded with small restaurants serving unique, delicious dishes. There is also a bar that serves microbrewery beer. This may well be the only one of its kind in Hong Kong.
Transport: Take the MTR to Quarry Bay Station and leave by Exit A, cross King's Road and here you are.
With an area of 1,100,000 sq.ft. and over 180 shops, Cityplaza is a well-known, spacious shopping mall in Hong Kong. There are also various types of restaurants and entertainment establishments, such as an ice-skating rink and a cinema.
Transport: Take the MTR to Tai Koo Station and leave by Exit D2 or E1.
7. Hong Kong Film Archive
The film industry in Hong Kong is very prosperous. Jackie Chan, the superstar of many Kung Fu films and John Woo, the famous action-movie director, are both world-renowned figures. Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Ltd, was once the biggest filmmaker of the world. The Hong Kong Film Archive in Sai Wan Ho has acquired and conserved many valuable Hong Kong films. The Archive currently has over 5,600 films in its vaults, and the titles go as far back as an 1898 Edison travelogue of Hong Kong. Apart from conserving and acquiring film materials, the Archive regularly holds exhibitions and retrospectives.
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily (Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of the Lunar New Year). (Closed at 5:00pm on Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year's Eve.)
Transport: Take the MTR to Sai Wan Ho Station, turn right at Exit A, walk along Tai On Street until a flyover of the Island Eastern Corridor is right above you, turn left and follow the pavement under the flyover to the Archive. The walk takes about 5 minutes.
8. Eastern District Tourist Trail (Shau Kei Wan Section)
Amidst the populous residential areas of Eastern District are plenty of historic and cultural spots in the district. Many of them can be found along the Eastern District Tourist Trail (Shau Kei Wan Section) .Shau Kei Wan has been a typhoon shelter for fishermen since ancient times and its name came from the shape of the bay, a bamboo basket ("Shau Kei" in Cantonese). The section starts at Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus and runs along Shau Kei Wan Main Street East and the waterfront before ending at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. On the trail there are a lot of old and traditional temples, including Shing Wong Temple, Tin Hau Temple, Tam Kung Temple and Yuk Wong Temple. They are all of profound cultural and research value. You may also take a stroll around the A Kung Ngam Shipyards and the Shau Kei Wan Wholesale Fish Market to discover the vestiges of Hong Kong's seafaring past.
Transport: Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station and leave by Exit B1 or C, or take the tram to Shau Kei Wan Tram Terminus.
9. Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
Hong Kong's position on the South China Sea has always made it vulnerable to invasion by sea. As early as the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the emperors already constructed forts in Hong Kong to resist invasions from pirates and other races. Later, the British army also erected many forts here. Of them, Lei Yue Mun Fort founded in 1887 and taken by the Japanese army in 1941 during its occupation of Hong Kong was perhaps the most typical one. Today, it has been revitalised to form the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence. More than 400 military articles are displayed and there are galleries and regular film shows to present the history of coastal defence. Among the wide variety of arms and ammunition on display is a British Comet Mark I tank made during World War II. Visitors can also view the military relics along the Historical Trail.
Opening Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (Closed on Thursdays (except public holidays) and first two days of the Lunar New Year). Free Admission on Wednesday.
Transport: - Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan Station and leave by Exit B2, then walk to the Museum following the road signs for about 15 minutes .
10. Law Uk Folk Museum
The Law Uk Folk Museum, located at Chai Wan, was converted from a restored village house ("Uk" in Cantonese) of a Hakka family whose surname is "Law". The house's history can be traced back to over 200 years ago. During the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795), the ancestors of the Law family emigrated from the north of China to Chai Wan and built this typical Hakka village house. Today it is the only example of its kind in the district. To give viewers a true picture of the past, the house is furnished with village furniture, utensils and farming implements selected from the Museum's collection.
Opening Hours: From Monday to Wednesday and from Friday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sundays and Public Holidays: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Closed on Thursdays, Christmas and the day after (December 25 & 26), New Year's Day (January 1), and first 3 days of the Lunar New Year.
Transport: Take the MTR to Chai Wan Station and leave by Exit B, follow the road signs in Kut Shing Street (about 5 minutes walk).