Contrary to what its name claims, Kellett Island is not actually an island. It’s accessible by foot and you can walk straight out there. The explanation for this sorcery? Well, although the Kellett Island of today is connected to land in Causeway Bay, it was once an island. The name simply stuck as times changed, creating a question that will forever confuse the minds of the kids born today.
The facilities that are found on Kellett Island can be counted on the fingers of one hand. It provides land for part of the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, for the southern entrance to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, and perhaps most famously, is home to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
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Though seemingly insignificant, Kellett Island carries a rich history you probably haven’t heard of. It was named after naval officer Sir Henry Kellett in the 1860s and began its days as a military storage for the Navy during Colonial Hong Kong. There was a brief period in which the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club opened on the island, only to be quickly closed down for the Battle of Hong Kong. In fact, Kellett Island did not become what it is today, permanently, until the Yacht Club reopened in 1945.
On an island so full of stories, you’d expect to find scholars examining fine specimen. But this is the 21st century and instead, everyone is taking selfies. Friends, couples and members of the Yacht Club make rounds around the peak of Kellett Island throughout the day, capturing sunrise and sunset on their iPhones. Hey, it’s pretty damn justifiable. Kellett Island is, no doubt, one of the most photogenic places in Hong Kong.
One thing’s certain: the Yacht Club members sure are lucky. For the commoner, getting out to the tip of the island requires a little effort, but it’s not undoable. If you’re looking for a bit of green amidst the bustling of Causeway Bay, why not take a detour to Kellett Island? You’ve got nothing to lose. 🙂
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