Causeway Bay: Where you could have seen a vanished island in the Victoria Harbour
As a city dominated by hundreds of islands, many such as Cheung Chau, Lamma Island and Ap Lei Chau have become renowned locations for locals and tourists around the world. However, many might not be familiar with the name “Kellett Island”. Kellett Island was a former island of Victoria Harbour off Causeway Bay, and was known to host a traditional censer. Fishermen would be praying for safety and wellbeing, where the island was also known to the locals as “Lantern Island”.
The unique geographical location of Kellett Island has enabled the British Army to set up a fortress on the island, for deploying troops in its defense against the Qing Army across the harbour. Despite its diminishing military importance after the British takeover of the Kowloon Peninsula, the island was converted into an arsenal by the British Navy, until the relocation of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club to Kellett Island. With the subsequent reclamation plans and development of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, Kellett Island was reclaimed and incorporated into Hong Kong Island.
Kellett Island has witnessed the changes of Hong Kong over the years. You can explore more along the Easter Harbour Walk of Hong Kong Coastal Trail, from the Noonday Gun to the entrance of the Cross Harbour Tunnel, and explore the interesting stories of the vanishing island.
Press here to find out more about Kellett Island (only available in Chinese).