Hong Kong’s Eastern District has a rich marine heritage, having played a big role in the development of the city’s coastal defences and served as a strategic outpost for China during World War II. In fact, the Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay (which used to be classified as in Hong Kong’s Eastern District) is a shrine to the goddess of the sea. The area also has a number of great seafood restaurants, not least within the cooked food centre in North Point. Included in the district are the areas of Fortress Hill, North Point, Quarry Bay, Shau Kei Wan, Heng Fa Chuen, Chai Wan and Siu Sai Wan. Quarry Bay was traditionally a residential and industrial area, but more commercial properties have popped up over the years, and it is now home to a good gaggle of glistening skyscrapers and fancy eateries for international office workers. North Point and Fortress Hill, on the other hand, remain fairly residential and local feeling, with bustling wet markets, hole in the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants and a handful of smoky dive bars. One of the jewels of this district is undoubtedly Chai Wan. Also a formerly industrial area, the abandoned warehouses here have largely been turned into art studios and places of creative venture, making Chai Wan the unofficial contemporary art hub of Hong Kong.
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