Discover the vibrant Sham Shui Po neighborhood in Hong Kong
SINCE its cession to Britain, Hong Kong has evolved into a place characterized by dramatic cultural contrasts.
This is evident in its quintessentially Hong Kong neighborhoods, juxtaposed against its skyscraper-studded skyline, and the way the progressive territory is constantly keeping up with the times while retaining its deep traditions.
It goes without saying that Hong Kong has much to offer and will continuously bring new and exciting experiences for travelers.
In the 50s and 60s, Sham Shui Po became known as the heart of Hong Kong’s textiles manufacturing industry, popular with designers and craftsmen.
Today, it is the oldest neighborhood in Hong Kong, boasting a variety of authentic experiences covering cuisine, architecture, arts, and fashion.
Sham Shui Po was also featured in a handful of popular movies including 2002’s Infernal Affairs, 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, and 2017’s Ghost in the Shell.
Best discovered on foot, the neighborhood, one of the most vibrant districts in town, is every local’s best-kept secret, filled with the best shopping streets.
Here, travelers can enjoy taking a stroll down the street market at Apliu Street to scour for gadgets in many of its electronics shops.
For the talented crafter, you are going to love your treasured finds along Nam Cheong Street’s fabric and ribbons shops, before making a pitstop for vintage buttons at Ki Lung Street.
Gleaming through the Cheung Sha Wan Road is a market bursting at seams with items for hidden-gem-seekers to complete their fashion collection.
Toy collectors are not forgotten as well, as there is a mass of toy stores selling brand-name goods at half the price of departmental stores and other toys are a bargain.
In Sham Shui Po, you will never go hungry, as there are plenty of Michelin-starred eateries which offer mouthwatering local street food, making it an up and coming foodie destination in Hong Kong.
Slurp down hearty pig’s liver noodles at Wai Kee Noodle, a typical local cha chaan teng (tea restaurant), leaving just enough space for a bowl of Kung Wo Beancurd Factory’s silky tau foo fa (beancurd pudding).
Alternatively, the world-known Tim Ho Wan is just around the corner if you are hankering for some dim sum.
Just make sure you sample Kwan Kee Store’s sweet put chai koh (bowl pudding) or Sun Hang Yuen’s Hong Kong-style milk tea after.
If you are thinking of skipping the big meals and snacking on mouthwatering street food instead, then you are going to have to decide between skewered fish balls or old-school baked goods.
While traditional eateries are of course, aplenty, Sham Shui Po has seen an influx of ambitious young entrepreneurs who are bringing a fresh new flavor to the district.
From cool cafes to casual burger joints, collectively, they have made the neighborhood’s dining scene as diverse and vibrant as the community it feeds.
Muslim tourists, in particular, will love Ma’s Restaurant, an establishment dedicated to offering simple pleasures for the halal conscious.
History and culture seekers are also going to be amazed by the district’s heritage buildings, including the UNESCO-recognized Mei Ho House and the Sham Shui Po Chinese Public Dispensary, a Grade II historic building.
To learn more about the Chinese’s beliefs and traditions, be sure to pop by one of Sham Shui Po’s many stunning places of worships, including the 127-year-old Kwan Kai Temple.
Equally, fill up your Instagram feed with perfectly curated, envy-inducing shots of the striking green Lung Hing Tong institution or the bright yellow Man Fung Building on Tai Nan Street.
The multi-colored “Rainbow Thief” mural by Madrid0based street artist Okuda San Miguel on Man Fung Building was completed as part of HK Walls’ 2016 city-wide street art festival.
It is without a doubt that Sham Shui Po will surely leave a lasting impression on you.
For more information, visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website.