TeaPat Travels: Causeway, Hong Kong

When in Hong Kong, you will probably find yourself lost in their version of New York: Causeway. Located in the heart of the city is this buzzing concrete jungle. You may take the MTR to get here and it’s stop is conveniently called Causeway Bay. This is where you’ll see some of the most iconic buildings of Hong Kong by riding a tram or through one of their colonial and historic icons that has grown to be part of the city (the tram). If you’re not a tram-type, you can also check out the Elevated Escalators where you’ll spot some of the most interesting rooftop stores! Yup, you heard me right! Rooftop stores! So don’t forget to look up!  Or, you can just walk around and sit-down for dinner in one of their very hole-in-the-wall type restaurants.

There’s no set itinerary for Causeway since it is the la-la-shopping-land of Hong Kong so get your walking shoes ready and walk, walk, walk and shop, shop, shop. Everything from Western brands like F21, Apple, Ikea, Zara (a gigantic Zara, might I add) et al. all have their stalls in Causeway. BUT… Don’t forget to get lost inside it’s tiny alley veins that are filled with locals’ stalls, selling their own products from sweaters to boots!

I might have gotten one of my iconic sweaters here but what really made me fall in love with this place was that it was something so uniquely Hong Kong. While we can say that it is the most Western-inflicted part of the country, it was still very Asian in essence. I guess the mesh of cultures was what caught me at awe, especially the way it was meshed like a mess. As we all know I love messy-meshes. It was chaotic, noisy, busy, fast… and yet it all seemed like planned chaos. There were lights everywhere, signs ranging from English to Cantonese, graffiti stickers to painted graffiti, buildings and apartments, trams and cars. It was loud and noisy but it wasn’t rowdy. There was some sort of balance in the middle of all of it, if you stared closely.

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Much love & much chaos,

P.

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