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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