Written by YAO Chenyi
YAO Chenyi, a final year undergraduate student from Mainland China, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).
Night view of Sham Shui Po (Photo taken at “Garden Hill” by Crispin Chan)
Sham Shui Po is one of the popular off-campus accommodation options among CityU students as it is only 3 Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stops away from CityU, with a journey less than 10 minutes. If you are looking for good deals, the street markets and the shopping centres in Sham Shui Po are definitely a good choice for you, namely:
- Computer and related equipments: Golden Computer Arcade and Golden Computer Centre at Fuk Wa Street
- Electronics and accessories: Apliu Street
- Fabric, buttons and fashion beads: Ki Lung Street and Yu Chau Street
- Fresh food and wet market: Pei Ho Street and Ki Lung Street
- Local shopping paradise: Dragon Centre at Yen Chow Street
- Quality fashionwear: Cheung Sha Wan Road
Golden Computer Arcade Electronics@ApliuStreet
Buttons@Yu Chau Street Fresh fruit@Pei Ho Street
Numerous shops@Dragon Centre Fashionwear@Cheung Sha Wan Road
(Photos taken by Crispin Chan)
Heaven of Food
Even with a limited budget, the delicacy available along the food trail, out of Exit D of Sham Shui Po MTR Station, will surely satisfy you. You can also find a variety of dining choices, from simple to exotic, from budget to luxury, here. Certain restaurants are family run for decades or awarded with Michelin star. Starting from breakfast, Tim Ho Wan, regarded as the cheapest Michelin Restaurant, offers a bunch of high-quality local Dim Sum dishes with an average cost of HK$50 per person. For Lunch, Lau Sum Kee Noodle provides authentic local noodles and dumplings. In the afternoon, different street food including egg waffle and barbecued food will be available. If you are lucky enough, you may even buy the creamy soft ice-cream at Mobile Softee, the Ice Cream Van, near Golden Computer Arcade. Finally, you can end the day with the delicious desserts, sweet soups or the authentic soya bean pudding at Kung Wo.
All kinds of good food are available (Photos taken by Crispin Chan)
Shopping in the Markets
You can find cheap but fresh ingredients in the wet market located at Pei Ho Street and Ki Lung Street. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood are available on the lower floors of Pei Ho Street Municipal Services Building or side streets. Besides, can you imagine that you can buy the groceries at HK$2 only? Yes, there are a few HK$2 shops nearby! Computer centres are another highlight of the district. You can not only purchase all kinds of electronic accessories and computers at low price, but also get cheap repairing services!
HK$2 shop, wet market and computer centres (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)
If you are interested in D.I.Y. and handmade items, Sham Shui Po will definitely surprise you! There are several impressive handmade stores selling their own designed products with unique styles and you can also find all kinds of tools and materials in Yu Chau Street, Ki Lung Street and Apliu Street to make your D.I.Y. items.
Handmade products and tools (Photo source: Aikolife)
If you want to know more about Sham Shui Po, you can also check at http://www.sham-shui-po.com.
We will continue to introduce you the advantages of living in other districts, such as Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Hung Hom and Fan Ling. Advantages of living in Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!
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