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Sham Shui Po (Chinese: 深水埗; Cantonese IPA: /sɐm55 sʊɪ35 pəʊ35/, Jyutping: sam1 sui2 bo2, Yale: sam seuí bouh; Mandarin Pinyin: shen1 shui3 bu4; lit. deep water pier) is situated at the northwestern of the Kowloon Peninsula: north of Tai Kok Tsui and east of Cheung Sha Wan. It belongs to Sham Shui Po District. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1428 KB) Photoed by Jerry Crimson Mann 15:05, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1428 KB) Photoed by Jerry Crimson Mann 15:05, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC). ... Standard Cantonese is a variant of Cantonese, generally considered the prestige dialect. ... The International Phonetic Alphabet. ... Jyutping (Traditional Chinese: 粵拼; Simplified Chinese: 粤拼; pinyin: yuèpÄ«n; Yale: yuhtpÄ«ng; sometimes spelled Jyutpin) is a romanization system for Standard Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) in 1993. ... The Yale Romanizations are four systems created during World War II by the United States for its soldiers. ... Standard Mandarin is the official Chinese spoken language used by the Peoples Republic of China, the Republic of China on Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. ... Pinyin (拼音, pÄ«nyÄ«n) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to HànyÇ” PÄ«nyÄ«n (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonemic notation and transcription to Roman script) for Standard Mandarin. ... The Kowloon Peninsula, commonly referred to as Kowloon, is a peninsula, in the south of the mainland part of the Hong Kong territory. ... Tai Kok Tsui (大角咀) is an area in the Western part of Mong Kok District, Kowloon, Hong Kong. ... Cheung Sha Wan (長沙灣) is an area between Lai Chi Kok and Sham Shui Po in New Kowloon, Hong Kong. ... Sham Shui Po District (深水埗區) is one of 18 districts of Hong Kong. ...

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Land use

Squatters in the district. Many age-old residential buildings are waiting for renovation carried out by the government.

As Sham Shui Po was one of the earliest developed districts in Hong Kong, it was once a commercial, industrial and transportation hub of the territory. As of 2003, Sham Shui Po is covered mainly by residential buildings, with public housing estates built on approximately 810,000 m² of land. Factories and warehouses are still being concentrated mainly in Cheung Sha Wan. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1584 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Sham Shui Po ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1584 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Sham Shui Po ...


Urban renewal

In July 2003 the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) announced that its first urban renewal project would be to improve the living environment at Po On Road/Wai Wai Road in Sham Shui Po. Covering an area of 2,436 square metres and affecting approximately 500 households, this project will provide 330 residential flats, and some retail units. Government, institutional and community facilities will also be erected for the community. This development will require the HKHS to acquire about 157 properties, costing an estimated HK$240 million. The total development cost of the project is about HK$720 million. 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Scenic spots

Colourful parasols cropped up along the busy Ap Liu Street.

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Shopping

A street stall selling pornography, which attracts gazes of an old man.
A street stall selling pornography, which attracts gazes of an old man.
Signboard of a snake restaurant.
Erhu performance is a popular pastime for the district dwellers.

The street market in Sham Shui Po is a hotspot for both locals and tourists. For those who are looking for pirated software, the Golden Shopping Centre (黃金商場/高登電腦廣場) is a prominent local mall (though the its popularity has dropped significantly in recent times, in favour of other near-by centres). Besides software, the shops have extensive computer products from perpipherals to main components like motherboards, RAM, and CPUs, as well as complete systems. It is generally considered one of the cheapest places in Hong Kong (if not the world) to get (or buy parts to build) a personal computer. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1645 KB) Photoed by Jerry Crimson Mann 15:06, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1645 KB) Photoed by Jerry Crimson Mann 15:06, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1602 KB) Photoed by Jerry Crimson Mann 15:02, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1536x2048, 1602 KB) Photoed by Jerry Crimson Mann 15:02, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC). ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1558 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Sham Shui Po ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1558 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Sham Shui Po ... The erhu (二胡, Pinyin èrhú), commonly known in the West as the Chinese violin, is a two-stringed bowed instrument, capable of producing sad, mysterious, joyful or voice-like melodies. ... The copyright infringement of software is often called software piracy by those seeking to reduce its incidence. ... Random access memory (sometimes random-access memory), commonly known by its acronym RAM, is a type of computer storage whose contents can be accessed in any (i. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


For those who are looking for electronics and accessories, the Ap Liu Street market (鴨寮街) is well known in Hong Kong. This open street market provides a wide variety of products at a reasonable price, allowing individuals to sell and buy second hand goods here. The sheer variety of things available at the market is astounding - one shop may sell disco balls, crockery, 1940s-era radios, LPs, torches, and audiophile hi-fi amplifiers in various stages of repair. The Hong Kong government promotes Ap Liu Street as Hong Kong's answer to Akihabara (秋葉原) (in Japan). A Hong Kong computer fair held outdoors in the streets of Sham Shui Po every year attracts many visitors. Akihabara (秋葉原) is also known as Akihabara Electric Town (Akihabara Denki Gai). ...


The market in Ki Lung Street is also famous for its fresh food and cheap prices. The Hong Kong government rebuilt the market in the early 1990s to a modern air-conditioned market.


Crime

At night, large numbers of prostitutes centre on inner streets and old buildings of the district, causing serious crime problems. Black-market labourers from mainland China gather at Ki Lung Street, working illegally for hard labour. Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ...


See also

Sham Shui Po District (深水埗區) is one of 18 districts of Hong Kong. ... The following is a list of buildings, sites and areas in Hong Kong: List of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, with a partial list of their sub-areas and streets Hong Kong Island Central and Western Central Admiralty Kennedy Town Mid-levels Sai Ying Pun Shek Tong Tsui Sheung...

External Links

  • Mondophoto.net - 579 Public Domain photos of Hong Kong and Sham Shui Po

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