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