Sham Shui Po is Hong Kong’s Most Quintessential Neighbourhood



Posted by Ed 6 mths ago
For decades, Sham Shui Po has been the centre of all things creative. Today, hip cafés and polished art spaces are the latest endeavours in the neighbourhood, but the entrepreneurial maker spirit of earlier years was born out of necessity. First developed in the late 19th century, just before the British leased the New Territories in 1898, Sham Shui Po was transformed by waves of immigration after World War II, when refugees fleeing the Chinese Civil War settled in the area.

People found homes on the roofs of buildings, and inside shared apartments with a handful of other families. With the people came industry, and every nook and cranny was soon populated by cottage factories that spearheaded the city’s burgeoning textiles and garment industry. Even the geography of Sham Shui Po adapted to newcomers, with reclamation that straightened out its curved coastline to accommodate new development.

For all the changes, the old Sham Shui Po is no lifeless artefact merely to be remembered. The poverty that has characterized this district for so many years remains a vicious reality for many still living here. In addition to sharing newer creative undertakings in this guide, we have also included businesses that have served this community since its beginnings. After all, this neighbourhood would be nothing without its roots.

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