Yau Ma Tei

Yau Ma Tei was where many Tanka water people lived. The name “Yau” (means oil) ‘Ma” (means “rope”) suggests that this neighbourhood was a supply hub for fishing boats. This was the first urban centre developed in Kowloon and quickly became a centre of commerce with traders and merchandise, many handicrafts shops still remain. Today, Yau Ma Tei is still a vibrant community with intriguing lanes and local shops of great historical significance.

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Upper House
Understated chic & quiet luxury
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
high
Mei Ho House
Hip city hostel in a former public housing estate
Block 41, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po
low
Hotel Jen
Comfortable hotel in authentic neighbourhood
508 Queen's Road West, Hong Kong
medium
The Pottinger
Elegant luxury in historic cobblestone street
74 Queen's Road Central
high
Heritage Lodge
Stylish & zen rooms in converted old hospital
800 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon
medium
Ovolo Southside
Arty design hotel in industrial hood
64 Wong Chuk Hang Road
medium
The Jervois
Elegant and sleek sun-filled rooms
89 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
medium
Mojo Nomad
Boutique backpackers for urban nomads
286 Queen's Road Central
medium
Wontonmeen
Creative hub, hangout & hostel
1/F, No.135 Lai Chi Kok Road, Prince Edward
low
Ho Ho Hostel
Comfy community-based hospitality concept
Rm E, 2/F, National Court, 240-252 Nathan Road, Jordan
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