SHAM SHUI PO

In the heart of Hong Kong is Sham Shui Po, an unpretentious haven for street artists, fashion designers, and big-hearted philanthropists: a.k.a. our kind of people. Here, you’ll find markets for just about anything, from vintage cameras to futuristic gadgets, vinyl records, reams of fine cloth, glittering beads, and wholesale fish. Following local street art collective HK Walls’ most recent festival, the district’s become just a little brighter, with murals of all shapes and sizes nestled amongst the daily hustle and bustle… the most visually arresting of which is a huge, rainbow-coloured bear painted in geometric trompe-l’oeil. One of our favourite attractions in Sham Shui Po is the wonderfully quirky Wontonmeen, an artsy 11-storey building with a vintage furniture showroom, a bike rental store, an artisanal coffeeshop, a comfy hostel, and perhaps most importantly, hammocks. Mei Ho House, a nearby converted housing estate, also offers young travellers a cool and colourful place to stay the night. On paper, the part-youth hostel part-heritage museum combo might not sound like it would work, but the cheap and cheerful cultural experience is an absolute winner in our books. While Sham Shui Po is the poorest of all 18 districts, it has given rise to some of the territory’s most vocally pro-grassroots political figures. And who could forget Hong Kong’s most famous salt-of-the-earth humanitarian, Brother Ming? This generous restaurateur is a Sham Shui Po fixture, and is beloved by the community for his efforts to feed the needy, whether they’re refugees, homeless, elderly, or unable to afford a hot meal. Now that’s what we call community spirit.
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Man arrested for online posts about detaining and sexually assaulting an underage girl

Man arrested for online posts about detaining and sexually assaulting an underage girl

The librarian says he was playing a "game" with his girlfriend which led to his arrest.

Police investigate potential link between fatal crash and wounding case in Sham Shui Po

Police investigate potential link between fatal crash and wounding case in Sham Shui Po

The cases took place just moments apart, and one street away from each other.

Police arrest cabbie who shared photo of breastfeeding passenger online

Police arrest cabbie who shared photo of breastfeeding passenger online

Ya dun goofed.

Helper arrested after allegedly burning employer’s baby with hot water

Helper arrested after allegedly burning employer’s baby with hot water

"My heart aches and bleeds", the baby's mother said.

80-year-old man who went missing for 4 days reunited with family

80-year-old man who went missing for 4 days reunited with family

He's safe and sound.

Video of taxi drivers’ ‘boxing match’ at petrol station shared widely

A clip of two taxi drivers duking it out at a petrol station in Lai Chi Kok was shared widely yesterday, delighting the petty peanut-eating netizens of Hong Kong. The man who...

2 street sleepers die at Sham Shui Po park within 18 hours

2 street sleepers die at Sham Shui Po park within 18 hours

Local media reports that one of the men had just been released from prison a few days ago and may have struggled to adapt to the weather, with only a towel to keep him warm.

Police arrest 13-year-old boy found with 1kg of ketamine in Sham Shui Po mall

Police arrest 13-year-old boy found with 1kg of ketamine in Sham Shui Po mall

The Form 1 student was found carrying one kilogramme of suspected ketamine, with an estimated street value of HKD27,000.

15 people injured after double-decker bus and minibus collide in Sham Shui Po

15 people injured after double-decker bus and minibus collide in Sham Shui Po

Two of the minibus passengers are in critical condition.

Husky injured after falling from 9th floor flat in Cheung Sha Wan

Husky injured after falling from 9th floor flat in Cheung Sha Wan

OK for real though, who let the dog out?