The Hong Kong Travel guide to Sham Shui Po and the neighbouring Shek Kip Mei is the quintessential old Hong Kong and this should be for travelers wanting to see Hong Kong attractions that are off the beaten path. Sham Shui Po was an old crumbling neighbourhood and Shek Kip Mei is where Hong Kong’s first public housing estate was built. If it is your first time in Hong Kong then you want to spend a day wandering around and getting a feel for the area.
The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei was renovated from an old style industrial building into a centre for contemporary art and creative industries. Today, up and coming Hong Kong artists open studios there; even local cultures have a place there. Be prepared for a serious art attack that is nothing portrayed in Western depictions of Hong Kong.
Just opposite you’ll find a vacant public housing estate in the 1950’s. It is currently closed to the public but when it reopens it will feature a housing musuem that shows how our grandparent’s generation lived 60 years ago.
No Hong Kong travel guide will tell you that no trip to Sham Shui Po is complete without a visit to Ap Liu Street, a geek heaven for cheap electronic parts and barely legal spy gear and satellite boxes as well as video game consoles. If that’s not your thing, simply take a walk down and browse the secondhand goods for sale.
More commonly known as Beads Street, Yu Chau Street is where everyone from fashion designers to teenage girls go in search of cheap beads to make accessories. The most popular shops are the Tin Fu Button Factory (No.223 Yu Chau Street) and L&A(No. 259 Yu Chau Street)
For a slap up meal, go to Yong Kee (118 Fuk Wah Street, 2387-1051). A long time local favourite, the restaurant belongs to Yik Wai hong, who served as chef to Philippine’s former president Ferdinand Marcos for over a decade. Order the roasted ribs and any reasonably priced excellent stir fry dishes which are genuinely Chinese and recommended by locals.