Sham Shui Po

Sham Shui Po has much of local historical interest. Known from the 1880s as New Kowloon, as it was north of Boundary Street and therefore not in British territory, this district was largely reclaimed as part of a planned urban expansion in the early 1920s. Part of this development project later became a sizeable barracks, which was, in turn, used as a military prisoner-of-war camp during the wartime Japanese occupation period. Memorial plaques can be seen at this site, and will be
visited.

Along the way, we will explore old street-scapes, learn about changing development patterns from the interwar period onwards, visit two historic temples, see the old Art Deco-influenced Dispensary and the pre-war Sham Shui Po Police Station, pass through a vibrant street market and take in some surviving pre-war shop-houses.  Ongoing local links to Hong Kong’s now mostly vanished textile industry will also be discussed and explored.

Height restrictions due to the old Kai Tak Airport flight path ensured that the area’s relatively low-rise character has remained intact down the decades, and some worthwhile examples of built heritage still remain to be discovered and enjoyed on this new historical walk around one of northern Kowloon’s most interesting neighbourhoods.

Please note:  All walks require appropriate footwear for walking.  Please remember to carry water. We also suggest insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and an umbrella.

Please also note that our walks are only for Hong Kong Residents.

Price:
HK$550 per person for a scheduled walk.