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Sham Shui Po — A Story of Grassroots Hong Kong

Tour Info

Where working-class grit and ingenuity inspire a new generation of artists and designers

In an ever-changing Hong Kong, Sham Shui Po is home to some of Kowloon's oldest street scenes: a vibrant open-air bazaar, pre-World War Two buildings, relics of wars and fires, and a large concentration of public housing.

Sham Shui Po is also a very welcoming place. It has hosted tens of thousands of refugees and others seeking shelter and safety throughout the 20th century and today, it is one of Hong Kong’s most diverse areas where the city’s poor as well as traders from developing countries around the world can make a living.

In many ways, Sham Shui Po typifies the grit, vitality and ingenuity of grassroots Hong Kong, and our walk of the area will show you these aspects of the city in a way that informs and entertains.

Highlights of the Tour

  • Visit decades-old public housing estates to trace the evolution of working class’ lives in Hong Kong.
  • Retrace the ups and downs of Kowloon’s history through Sham Shui Po’s long-standing shops and historical streets.
  • Tour the quirky flea market in Apliu Street and hear old stories about this biggest open-air bazaar in Hong Kong.

" Time flew and the 2.5 hours ended with lots of laughs despite the hot weather. Highly recommended to both visitors and locals!"


"Having grown up in the area William was able to weave his memories into a fascinating historical review of Hong Kong’s rapid growth and response to disasters and population growth."

@ggandse, Sydney, Australia

"I have not stopped talking about my new learnings to friends and family and feel a little bit closer to Hong Kong having been on the tour."
Helen W., Hong Kong

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