Shek Kip Mei

HK Magazine - - CITY STROLL -

Wedged be­tween the sprawl of Kowloon Tong and the mar­kets of Sham Shui Po, Shek Kip Mei has been a poorer district of Hong Kong ever since it was set­tled. In the 1950s it was a shan­ty­town for Main­land Chi­nese im­mi­grants, un­til a Christ­mas Day fire in 1953 dev­as­tated the area and left some 53,000 home­less. The gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced Hong Kong’s first pub­lic hous­ing scheme to re­house the im­mi­grants, and the district grew from there. Nowa­days Shek Kip Mei still has plenty of pub­lic hous­ing, but it’s also home to a trea­sure trove of lesser­known restau­rants and shops, many owned by the lo­cals of the district.

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