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SHAM SHUI PO

The Sham Shui Po District covers an area of about 1047 hectares, with a population of about 350 000. As it was one of the earliest developed districts in Hong Kong, it was once a commercial, industrial and transportation hub of the territory. Nowadays Sham Shui Po District is covered mainly by residential buildings and public housing estates. Factories and warehouses are still being concentrated mainly in Cheung Sha Wan.

Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po District is one of 18 districts of Hong Kong. It includes Sham Shui Po, Cheung Sha Wan and Lai Chi Kok.
Sham Shui Po
Nowadays Sham Shui Po is one of Kowloon's commercial hubs. Old commercial buildings in the area are very popular with the garment trade, and there are plenty of wholesale and retail shops. Cheung Sha Wan Road, where many of the garment manufacturers sell directly to the public, is nicknamed "Fashion Street". The low prices attract many bargain hunters.
Garment factory
Garment factory

Following the completion of West Kowloon Reclamation, redevelopment of old areas and public housing, a number of large housing estates, industrial and commercial centres and other community facilities are in the process of being commissioned in Sham Shui Po district.

Old shop-house
Sham Shui Po District is most heavily poverty stricken, having the lowest median monthly domestic household income ($14 000). It has the highest percentage of elderly over 65 years (15.7%).
Old shop-house

The Sham Shui Po district is a colourful community in West Kowloon. It includes a kaleidoscope of old and new buildings, such as a 2 000 years old Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb and the century old Tin Hau Temple, standing alongside with private and public housing estates built in the 1960s / 1970s and modern commercial complexes / trendy shopping malls such as "Dragon Centre".

A lack of town planning in the early years brought about today's chaotic appearance of Sham Shui Po district. Many buildings were erected between the 1950s and 1960s. Numerous deteriorating buildings and unauthorized structures have created many problems in building management and fire prevention.
Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po

Ap Liu Street gradually became a flea market as more and more hawkers and street stall owners settled here over the past 20 years. Today, it is the place to find new or second-hand electrical appliances, telephones, radios, hi-fi equipment and other electronic parts and accessories.

Ap Liu Street
Stall selling electrical appliances, light bulbs and neons on Ap Liu Street.

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Ap Liu Street
Sham Shui Po MTR station is often crowded as there are many famous shopping centres in short distance of the station, such as the computer stores in the Golden Computer Centre and Apliu Street.
Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po

Hong Kong's shophouses or "tong lau" are an endangered species. Hong Kong's finest examples of traditional shophouses are in Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, Sham Shui Po.

Sham Shui Po old buildings
Sham Shui Po district is an area where urban decay is serious in Hong Kong. So the government has decided to carry out urban renewal project. Many 1930s buildings still exists. Squatters are also present in this district. Many age-old residential buildings are waiting for renovation carried out by the government.
Sham Shui Po old buildings

Hong Kong's city is losing its shophouses one by one. The last traditional-style shophouses were built in the late 1950s.

Shophouse in Sham Shui Po Shophouse in Sham Shui Po
Shophouse in Sham Shui Po Shophouse in Sham Shui Po

This old shophouse was under redevelopment in Sham Shui Po. The ground floor is typically a shop such as a pawn shop, Chinese medicine pharmacy or a mahjong tiles outlet.

The neighborhood in Sham Shui Po is quite old and an ongoing revitalisation has started.
Sham Shui Po old buildings
Sham Shui Po old buildings
Sham Shui Po
The concentration of people within the limited urban area in Hong Kong has led to some of the highest population densities in the world. The Sham Shui Po district in Kowloon has an estimated density of 428 600 persons per square mile.
Sham Shui Po


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