Causeway Bay: Heritages in the heart of the city
After more than a century of intense development, Causeway Bay has evolved from a rural village into a world-famous metropolitan area. It is now famous as a shopping and entertainment mecca and commercial hub, but heritage buildings with historic value still remain, including Christ the King Chapel and the Tin Hau Temple, demonstrating the unique historical landscape of Causeway Bay.
Despite the fact that many of Causeway Bay’s older landmarks have disappeared over the years in the face of rapid development, the street names hint at the area’s history. Matheson Street, Yee Wo Street and Jardine’s Crescent recall Causeway Bay’s relationship with Jardine Matheson, one of the earliest and most influential companies in Hong Kong’s history. As it expanded, the group bought large pieces of land in Causeway Bay to build warehouses and factories. Names such as Sugar Street and Cotton Path are remnants of the days when these addresses were home to a sugar refinery and a cotton mill.
Causeway Bay saw an influx of Japanese department stores in the 1960s, which changed the cultural landscape of the area. Although many of these department stores have since closed, the name of one of the most famous, Daimaru, is still in use as a terminus name for minibus routes to Causeway Bay.