|Literal meaning||crucian carp stream/river|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Literal meaning||rock-extracting bay|
Quarry Bay (Chinese: 鰂魚涌) is an area beneath Mount Parker in the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island, in 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Hotels
- 3 Residential buildings
- 4 Industrial buildings
- 5 Commercial buildings
- 6 Parks and recreational facilities
- 7 Primary schools
- 8 Secondary schools
- 9 Tertiary institutions
- 10 Transportation
- 11 See also
- 12 References
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 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.
The western end of Quarry Bay was historically part of North Point; during the 1930s its beaches became one of the most popular places for holding swimming gala in Hong Kong. From this basis an upmarket entertainment complex, the Ritz nightclub (麗池夜總會 lai6 chi4 ye6 jung2 wui2), was built in the area in 1947. The nightclub was demolished only a few years later, to make way for the construction of apartment buildings during the latter half of the 1950s. Nonetheless for years afterwards the western part of Quarry Bay continued to be known informally as Lai Chi (麗池), made more so by the name being homophone to Cantonese for "late as usual" (例遲) - a reference to King's Road, until 1984 the only thoroughfare in the area and thus infamous for traffic congestion.
To this day some buildings in the western part of Quarry Bay are named as "North Point something building", although they are across the modern-day limit of North Point at Man Hong Street / Healthy Street West.
Nam Fung Sun Chuen (Chinese: 南豐新邨), built 1978, is a private apartment estate in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. Consisting of 12 buildings distributed along Greig Road and Greig Crescent with a car park at centre of the development, it was developed by Nam Fung Development. Because of its relatively large size of development it serves as the benchmark for premises developed in the late 1970s in the property market. The tower blocks ranges from 28 to 33 floors. Blocks 1 to 5 are on 32 to 40 (even number) of Greig Road, blocks 6 to 12 are on 27 to 15 (odd number) of Greig Crescent.
Others residential buildings include:
- Kornhill, Kornville and Kornhill Gardens
- The Orchards
- Taikoo Shing
- Bedford Gardens
- Westlands Court
- Westlands Garden
- Sunway Gardens
- Model Housing Estate
- Healthy Village Estate
- Yick Fat Building
- The Floridian
- Wah Shun Garden
- Kings View Court
A few industrial buildings exist in the areas of Shipyard Lane.
- 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
- Prosperity Millennia Plaza
- One Island East - a commercial skyscraper near Taikoo Shing
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
- 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
- Canossa College
- Delia School of Canada
- First Bus
- KMB (serves only cross-harbour routes)
Major roads and expressways
- Island Eastern Corridor
- Eastern Harbour Crossing
- King's Road
- Kornhill Road
- Java Road
- Tsat Tsz Mui Road
- Pak Fuk Road
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|Wan Chai District||Tathong Channel|