Hong Kong’s West­ern Fron­tier

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The ex­ten­sion of the MTR’s Is­land Line has brought new life to three of Hong Kong’s old­est neigh­bor­hoods

It’s a bit past noon in Hong Kong and the scene at Sun Hing is typ­i­cally chaotic. Cus­tomers jos­tle for a seat and flag down wait­resses car­ry­ing steam­ing bamboo tow­ers of quail egg dumplings, black sugar cake and beef balls. Con­struc­tion work­ers share ta­bles with stu­dents and some­how, de­spite the bus­tle, a cou­ple of men have man­aged to un­furl news­pa­pers and retreat into the daily news.

Fif­teen hours later, the scene is very dif­fer­ent as packs of twen­tysome­things look to cap the night’s revel­ries with post- booze dim sum. For years, Sun Hing was a sym­bol of work­ing-class Kennedy Town, a no-non­sense place for yum cha that was known for its ex­cep­tion­ally good custard buns. Now it has be­come a late-night des­ti­na­tion for young peo­ple, mir­ror­ing the neigh­bor­hood’s trans­for­ma­tion into a trendy life­style des­ti­na­tion.

Ex­pect the change to ac­cel­er­ate. More than 30 years af­ter the MTR’s Is­land Line first opened, a new ex­ten­sion has fi­nally reached three his­toric en­claves on the is­land’s west­ern edge. With jour­ney times

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