Quarry Bay


Quarry Bay

Quarry Bay (zh-t|t=鰂魚涌; literally "Crucian Carp Stream or River" or 石礦灣 / 採石灣) is an area beneath Mount Parker in Eastern District on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The western portion of the area was also formerly known as Lai Chi (麗池). Traditionally being an industrial and residential area, there is an increased number of commercial buildings in this district over the past 2 decades.

History

During Colonial Hong Kong times, the Hakka stonemasons settled in the area after the British arrivalWordie, Jason. [2002] (2002) Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 962-2095631] .

The area was a bay where quarried rocks from the hillside for construction or building roads were transported by ship. The Chinese name "Tsak Yue Chung" (鰂魚涌) reveals it was a small stream where crucian carp (鰂魚) could be found. The English name was "Arrow Fish Creek".

The original bay has disappeared since land reclamation has taken place, and is about 700m from the current coastline. The eastern part of the Quarry Bay, namely "Quarry Point", was largely owned by Swire and thus many places and facilities are named after the company's Chinese name, Taikoo. The river originally flowed into the bay, however it was shut off from the sea with the construction of the Tai Koo Reservoir to supply fresh water to the Taikoo Dockyard, the Taikoo Sugar factory at Tong Chong Street (糖廠街), and later the Swire Coca-Cola factory at Greig Road (基利路) and Yau Man Street (佑民街). The upper course of the river was converted into a cement-paved catchwater, and the lower course is the present-day Quarry Bay Street (鰂魚涌街), with the original estuary near the Quarry Bay Street - King's Road junction.

In the mid-1980s, the hillside was converted into Kornhill apartment buildings, the reservoir into Mount Parker Lodge (康景花園) apartment buildings, and the Dockyard into Taikoo Shing. The Coca-cola factory is now apartment Kornville (康蕙花園), and Taikoo Sugar is now the Taikoo Place, a commercial hub.

Some buildings in the western part of Quarry Bay are named as "North Point something building", although they are across the custom limit of North Point at Man Hong Street / Healthy Street West.

Hotels

*Harbour Plaza North Point

Residential buildings

*Kornhill, Kornville and Kornhill Gardens
*Nam Fung Sun Chuen
*The Orchards
*Parkvale
*Taikoo Shing
*Bedford Gardens
*Westlands Court
*Westlands Garden
*Sunway Gardens
*Model Housing Estate
*Healthy Village Estate
*Yick Fat Building
*The Floridian
*Wah Shun Garden

Industrial buildings

A few industrial buildings exist in the areas of Shipyard Lane.

Commercial buildings

*Taikoo Place - including Devon House, Dorset House (PCCW Tower), Warwick House, Cornwall House, Somerset house, Lincoln House, Oxford House and Cambridge House.
*1063, King's Road
*Manulife Century Plaza
*One Island East - a commercial supertall currently under construction in Taikoo Place.

Parks and Recreational Facilities

*Quarry Bay Park
*Quarry Bay Municipal Services Building - with indoor playground and a public library managed by LSCD
*Greig Road Sitting-out Area
*Tai Tam Country Park Quarry Bay Extension

Primary schools

*Shanghai Alumni Primary School
*Tai Koo Primary School
*Buddhist Chung Wah Kornhill Primary School
*North Point Government Primary School
*Delia School of Canada
*Chinese Methodist School North Point

econdary schools

*Canossa College
*Delia School Canada

Tertiary institutions

*SPACE, HKU

Transportation

Public Transport

*MTR
**MTR Quarry Bay Station: Tseung Kwan O Line and Island Line
**MTR Tai Koo Station: Island Line
*Trams
*First Bus
*Citybus
*KMB (serves only cross-harbour routes)
*Minibuses:*to Kornhill, Cyberport, North Point, Shau Kei Wan, Kennedy Town, etc.:*includes 32, 32A, 33 etc

Major roads and expressways

*Island Eastern Corridor
*Eastern Harbour Crossing
*King's Road
*Kornhill Road
*Java Road
*Tsat Tsz Mui Road
*Pak Fuk Road

ee also

* Hong Kong Country Parks & Special Areas
* Taikoo Shing
*

References

HKDistrict
centre = Eastern District
north = (Victoria Harbour)
west = Wan Chai District
east = Tathong Channel
location = Tin Hau | Fortress Hill | North Point | Braemar Hill | Quarry Bay | Sai Wan Ho | Shau Kei Wan | A Kung Ngam | Chai Wan | Siu Sai Wan
south = Southern District


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