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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Woman in court after handing out cash in Sham Shui Po

Woman in court after handing out cash in Sham Shui Po

A woman appeared in court today, days after she was arrested for holding up traffic because she was handing out cash to pedestrians and drivers in Sham Shui Po. Cheng Zi-kei, 19,...

Man, 41, arrested for trying to get cash by hurling himself at cars

Man, 41, arrested for trying to get cash by hurling himself at cars

So this guy — filmed trying to create a phony accident by hurling himself at a slowly-moving car — didn’t get away so easily after all, reports HK01. Not that he...

Bus driver gets 2-and-a-half years behind bars over double decker accident that killed 3

Bus driver gets 2-and-a-half years behind bars over double decker accident that killed 3

A bus driver behind the wheel of a double decker, which last year mounted a sidewalk during rush hour, killing three people and injuring 30 others, was yesterday jailed for two...

Man tries and fails to fake car accident in Cheung Sha Wan

Man tries and fails to fake car accident in Cheung Sha Wan

It was a valid question for the circumstances. “What do you think you’re playing at?”asked a motorist near Prince Edward MTR on the weekend after a pedestrian...

Woman who died in public housing estate wanted to divorce her husband 6 months ago, friends say

Woman who died in public housing estate wanted to divorce her husband 6 months ago, friends say

Friends of a woman who allegedly died at the hands of her husband claim she wanted to file for divorce more than six months ago. Huang Ling, 40, was declared dead at the hospital...

Man arrested for stabbing wife because he thought she was having affair

Man arrested for stabbing wife because he thought she was having affair

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering his wife who he thought was cheating on him. Just before 3pm yesterday police received a report from a 57-year-old man...

Man dies in internet cafe where he slept 3 years to save money for family

Man dies in internet cafe where he slept 3 years to save money for family

Each of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people you pass on Hong Kong’s street every day are fighting their own personal battles. Lu Zheng’s fight was a particularly tough...

Police officer shoots knife-wielding man at Sham Shui Po MTR station

Police officer shoots knife-wielding man at Sham Shui Po MTR station

A female police officer this morning shot a man wielding a box cutter as he attempted to attack her and a colleague at Sham Shui Po MTR station this morning. Speaking to...

Police on hunt for ‘stupid robber’ who claimed he had bomb while trying to rob 7-Eleven

Police on hunt for ‘stupid robber’ who claimed he had bomb while trying to rob 7-Eleven

Police are on the hunt for a man who has been described in local media as a “stupid robber” after he claimed he had a bomb strapped around his waist and demanded the...