Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dragon Centre

Dragon Centre is a shopping centre in the Sham Shui Po district of Kowloon in Hong Kong. The shopping centre spans 10 storeys. Sunlight can shine from the window on the roof to the first floor. A bus terminus is located on the ground floor, and the ninth floor features a roller coaster which hangs from the roof, as well as a skating rink. The shopping centre is the largest in the west Kolwoon area between Sham Shui Po and Cheung Sha Wan. The leading tenant is Sincere, a department store.

Located beside the historic Sham Shui Po Police Station, the centre was built on the site of the former Sham Shau Po Camp, a prisoner-of-war camp for Commonwealth forces captured during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, which was also used to house Vietnamese refugees in the late 1970s and 1980s .

Anchors and Retailers

* Baleno
* Bossini
* City Chain
* Fortress World
* Pizza Hut
* McDonald's
* Yoshinoya
* Ajisen Ramen
* Pokka Cafe'
* Kee Wah Bakery
* Aji Ichiban Co., Ltd
* Bank of China
* Wing Hang Bank
* 7-Eleven
* Watson's
* Sincere
* Circle K
* Mannings
* Wellcome Superstore
* Lenscrafters

Discovery Park (Hong Kong)

Discovery Park is a in Hong Kong, located at 398 Castle Peak Road, in the New Territories. The whole estate including the residential flats and the shopping centre spans over .

Its developer is Hong Kong Resort Company Limited and is responsible for the management of the shopping centre.

Phases of development

* Phase 1 - Block 1 to 4
* Phase 2 - Block 5 to 8
* Phase 3 - Block 8 to 12

There are totally 3360 units with unit size ranged from . to . The development has a shopping centre, a clubhouse of ., a swimming pool of .tennis courts, golf putting green, sauna rooms, carpark, etc. The price of development was considered attractive to small families, as most of the estates in the vicinity were relatively old constructions.

The first phase of the development was launched amid the property bubble in 1997, and units were subject of many speculators' interest. The intensity spilled over to properties in neighbouring estates in Sham Tseng and Castle Peak, and stimulated a three-fold increase in transactions in the area in September compared with the month before, according to , Hong Kong's leading real estate agency chain.

Facilities nearby

Above the Discovery Park bus terminus is the Tsuen King Circuit Indoor Recreation Centre.
Tsuen Wan Police District Headquarters and Divisional Station is opposite to the estate, between them is Tsuen King Circuit.


Geographical coordinates:



Route 9 extension

On February 8 2007, the section of linking Chai Wan Kok and Shek Wai Kok was opened. This section passes through the reserved area of the shopping mall building. Since then, more convenience can be enjoyed in driving between Tuen Mun Road and Shing Mun Tunnel.


Five-minute walk from to in the air-conditioned walkway which links from the estate.


As it is located at the side of Castle Peak Road, there are numerous bus routes with stops at Discovery Park.

Tsuen Wan Bus Terminus
* 42M to Cheung Wang Estate
* 243M to Mayfair Gardens
* A31 to
* E31 to Tung Chung
* N31 to

Discovery Park bus stop - Tsuen King Circuit
* 30 Allway Gardens - Cheung Sha Wan
* 30X Allway Gardens - Whampoa Garden
* 39M Allway Gardens - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 230X Allway Gardens to Whampoa Garden

Discovery Park bus stop - Castle Peak Road
* 30X Allway Gardens - Whampoa Garden
* 34M Bayview Garden - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 39M Allway Allway Gardens - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 53 Yuen Long - Tsuen Wan Nina Tower
* 57M Shan King - Lai King North
* 58M Leung King -
* 59A - Sham Shui Po
* 59M Tuen Mun Ferry Pier - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 59S Tuen Mun Ferry Pier - Mong Kok
* 60M Tuen Mun Central - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 61M Yau Oi South - Lai King North
* 66 Tai Hing - Sham Shui Po
* 66M Tai Hing - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 66P Tai Hing - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 67M Siu Hong Court - Kwai Fong MTR Station
* 68A Long Ping Estate -
* 68M Yuen Long West - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 69M Tin Shui - Kwai Fong MTR Station
* 234A Sea Crest Villa -
* 234B Sea Crest Villa -
* 251M - Tsing Yi AR Station
* 259E Lung Mun Oasis - Tsuen Wan MTR Station
* 260C Yau Oi South - Kwai Fong MTR Station
* 263M Fu Tai Estate - Tsing Yi AR Station
* 265M Tin Heng Estate - Lai Yiu
* 265P Tin Yan Estate - Lai Yiu
* 269M Tin Shui Wai Town Centre -
* 868 Tuen Mun Central - Sha Tin Racecourse
* N260 Tuen Mun Pier Head - Mei Foo
* N269 Tin Tsz - Mei Foo

Citylink Plaza

Citylink Plaza is a building that was built above the of the in Hong Kong. It was developed and is owned by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation. The building, as well as the railway station, is connected with the New Town Plaza, which is one of the largest shopping centres in Sha Tin District.

The building originally housed the headquarters of the KCRC and some offices of the Hong Kong Government when it was built. It was called the KCR House before the adoption of the current name in the mid-1990s. However, the Government had built another separate building near Grand Central Plaza to house the government offices, and the headquarters of the KCRC had already moved to a new building next to the of KCR East Rail. The original building was refurnished and was converted into a shopping centre and some business offices.

World-Wide House

World-Wide House is an office building in , Hong Kong. It is located between Connaught Road Central, Pedder Street and Des Voeux Road Central.


The site is situated on at the turn of the 20th century.

WWH was constructed on a 23,000 square foot site vacated by the former , which was located there from 1911 to 1976. The GPO was relocated to Connaught Place for the construction of the Pedder Station of MTR. Below the building is the interchange of Hong Kong Station and of MTR.

In the early , there were proposals for the site to be swapped for the Alexandra House plot, to create more open space in Central, and pedestrianised. The proposals were defeated mainly due to financial considerations.

MTR Corporation, which had been given the first refusal on the site, paid the Government approximately HK$212 million in cash for the rights for the site. The Government ended up receiving some $8,700 per square foot instead of its initial asking price of $10,000.

, the enterprise founded by Li Ka Shing, obtained the right for the development of the above-ground structure. With a plot ratio of 15:1, CKH built a 32-storey single tower office-cum-commercial building. The arcade is connected to adjacent properties by the Central Elevated Walkway.

Shopping arcade

World-Wide Plaza is the shopping centre on 3 levels on the lower floors of World-wide House. It is built in an "" style, but without skylight. Its first level is accessible from the Central Elevated Walkway or by escalator from the ground floor of the building.

The kiosks or shop units are typically from around 10 square metres, and are rented out to small traders, who sell telecommunications and banking services, to food, and magazines. The arcade is popular with the large , particularly on Sundays, as many of the shops are run by their compatriots. The wide assortment of typically small shops caters to their needs, selling merchandise from their homeland.


Tsim Sha Tsui Center and Empire Center

Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and Empire Centre, a step away from the MTR station and the East Tsim Sha Tsui railway station, are connected by a covered pedestrian bridge and are located near the Star Ferry service to Hong Kong Island. Home to Tsim Sha Tsui East, this prime retail area has recently experienced a rejuvenating treatment with the upgrade of several major hotels and shopping centres in the area. Alfresco Lane here has been described in local media as one of the "best dining places in Hong Kong." Right on the waterfront promenade, it's Hong Kong's longest and tastiest harbourfront dining experience.

Times Square (Hong Kong)

Times Square is a major shopping centre and office tower complex in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong.

The complex, owned by Wharf Properties Limited, part of The Wharf Limited group, was opened in April 1994.


The site was previously occupied by the original tram depot of the Hong Kong Tramways, another of the Wharf's subsidiary operations acquired in 1974. The approved Tramways' plan to relocate its depots to Sai Wan Ho and Sai Ying Pun in July 1986, on the argument that the HK$3.5 million in operating costs savings would allow for tram fares to be held down.

The area was predominantly residential, Following the relocation of Wanchai depot, the site was surrendered to its associate in 1988.

In 1991, the concrete plans were announced: the project would create 186,000 m? of retail and office complex, an estimated construction cost of 2 billion.

At the time, this part of Wanchai/Causeway Bay was deemed "not a very attractive part of town". The developer's debt levels and the uncertainty over sovereignty also rendered project financing more problematic. Due to the high land price in Hong Kong, and the higher yield on retail property, Times Square departs from the common western model of the flat shopping mall. The entire complex remains owned by Wharf, but western and eastern office towers of the complex have been named "Shell Tower" and "Tower One" respectively.

Ground floor open space

Under the terms of a Deeds of Dedication signed with the Government, 3,010 sq. m of the ground floor was set aside for public access, pedestrian passage and passive recreation. However, the company has the right to organise exhibitions there, and charge fees. The exact details of the concessions to the developers were not made public.

Public open space controversy

Between July 2003 and March 2005, a corner of the piazza was leased to Starbucks Coffee. The company claimed it was an "unintentional oversight" that was quickly corrected after the Buildings Department complained. Since then, there has been a vociferous campaign to re-examine provisions for public open space, and the government ''quid pro quo'' with property developers.
Alan Leong lamented the poor quality of some of Hong Kong's public open spaces, and said he hoped that a Legco review would result in a "more transparent and predictable system".

The Secretary for Justice, on behalf of the Government, filed a writ in the High Court against Times Square Ltd and its parent company Wharf Group, seeking to recover rental fees of as much as HK$124,000 a day for use of the Causeway Bay piazza dating back to 1993. Commentators describe it as a landmark lawsuit which may have significant implications for other property owners if it is successful.

The company believes that it has not charged more than what is allowed in the deed, but welcomed the case saying it would ultimately provide for guidance on the proper interpretation of the relevant clauses in the deed of dedication concerned.


Times Square is served by the MTR's station. There is an underground passage which directly links the building, and an exit, coined "A1" opens into the ground floor podium level.

It is also accessible by in the direction to or Shau Kei Wan.

Cultural reference

The Times Square Marketplace Mall was featured in the 2003 film Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life where a department store that is marked as 'closed for renovation' is secretly hiding a biological weapons production plant.

The Peak Galleria

The Peak Galleria is a leisure and shopping complex located near the summit of Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The complex also includes the bus station used by the and that serve the Peak.

The Peak Tower is adjoined by a second leisure and shopping centre, the Peak Tower, built atop the upper station of the Peak Tram that links the Peak to below.