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Full of authentic feelings in Yau Ma Tei, you can find many of Hong Kong's old days of development. Yau Ma Tei has many buildings of historical value, such as the Yau Ma Tei fruit bar, red brick house and Tin Hau Temple. Temple Street, known as the "civilian nightclub", is one of the must-see places to visit Yau Ma Tei.

 

(Last updated: 27/8/2018)


Kowloon Wholesale Fruit Market(Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market)

Kowloon Wholesale Fruit Market	(Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market)

Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market is the fruit distribution hub in Kowloon. In the past, the fruit market is primary designed for wholesale business, tut nowadays there are also retail businesses. You get to see tons of fruit stores with heaps of colorful fruits in various sizes. The rich fruit aroma makes you understand why this is the place where so many people come for to buy the best quality fruits from around the world.

Easy-to-Reach Index: star star star star    Accessible Toilet Provided Accessible Toilet Provided
Barrier Free Index: star star   
Recommendation Index: star star star star  

Suggested Length of Stay:

Approx 30minutes 

       
Address: Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei


Kowloon Wholesale Fruit Market	(Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market)

Originally established in 1913, it was merely a grass shack at the beginning. Merchants started to renovate the whole area into brick and stone buildings as hoist look like now. The complex has been classified as a Grade II Historic Building in 2009. Visitors from around the world not only come here for fruits, photography enthusiasts also come here to capture pictures of such a icon compound with important historic and culture value.

 

Tips:

There is no accessible toilet in the fruit market. Wheelchair users can use the public accessible toilet on Shanghai Street and Waterloo Road.


Comment

Comment:

The Fruit Market is always flooded with people with narrow passageway.  There are always people pushing trolleys around. Extra precautions is required for wheelchair users. Wheelchairs users need to make a detour as there are no ramps in some parts of the fruit market.

 

Getting here

Bus:

Bus Route Origin<-->Destination Agitating Station
10 Choi Wan → Tai Kok Tsui (Circular Route)  Shanghai Street

 

MTR:

Yau Ma Tei Station

Exit B2 (Exit B1 for wheelchair users)

After exit, walk along Waterloo Road in the direction of Shanghai Street, and you will arrive the Fruit Market in 5 to 10 minutes. 

 

Red Brick Building

Red Brick Building

There are multiple historical building other than the Fruit Market in Yau Ma Tei. In fact, on the way to the fruit market, you get to see two historical buildings that are dated before World War II: the Red Brick Building and Yau Ma Tei Theatre.

The Red Brick Building was originally the engineer office of the old water pumping station on Shanghai Street built in 1895. It is the oldest existing water pumping architecture owned by Water Supplies Department. The pumping station ceased operation in 1911 and the only part of the building that was retained is the Red Brick Building. It is listed as Grade I Historic Building. The features in this building include the red walls, cast iron rainwater pipes, cast iron water funnels, arched gangway and granite components.


Adress: 8 Waterloo Road, Kowloon

 

Yau Ma Tei Theatre

Yau Ma Tei Theatre

Built in 1930, Yau Ma Tei Theatre is the only existing theatre in the city that dates back before World War II. The features of the building include the pillars at its front entrance, Chinese-style sloping roof, front surfaces and gables with art deco features, the steel trusses and wooden purlins that support the roofs, as well as the arched gates and sidewalls of the stage.

Listed as Grade II Historic Building, the theatre is revitalized together with the nearby Red Brick Building. They were converted into a performing arts venue and logics centre for promoting Chinese opera. The theatre was reopened in mid-July in 2012 and has 4 seats for wheelchair users. Wheelchair users can also traditional Chinese opera.

Adress: 6 Waterloo Road, Kowloon

Websitewww.lcsd.gov.hk/tc/ymtt/index.html

Broadway Cinematheque

Broadway Cinematheque

After visiting Temple Street, walk along Reclamation Street in the direction of Public Square Street before turning to Dongguan Street and you will arrive at the Broadway Cinematheque.

Opened in 1996, Broadway Cinematheque is a special movie landscape, as most of the movies screened are not the mainstream movies. It regularly holds special screenings, movie festivals and film festivals. It becomes the common ground for movie fans. Except movie theatres, there are boutique stores at Broadway Cinematheque that sells books, coffee and DVDs. It is definitely a place for a lazy weekends for movie fans. 

Adress:Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Phone: 2388 0002

Websitebc.cinema.com.hk

Temple Street

Temple Street

Temple Street, which is near Tin Hau Temple, is known for night market where visitors can find affordable products. There are hundreds of stores open for business, mostly selling products for men such as men’s clothing, fountain pens, watches and electronics, thus earning its nickname “Men Street”. There are quite a lot of stands where vendors read your face and tell your fortunes. Sometimes there are even traditional Cantonese drama, Cantonese pop music events, and western pop music events, which gives Temple Street another nickname, “Disco for the Common People”. 

There are also restaurants selling local snacks, seafood and clay pot rice bowl. With reasonable price and delicious food are what attract local residents and visitors from abroad.

Easy-to-Reach Index: star star star star star     
Barrier Free Index: star   
Recommendation Index: star star star star  

Suggested Length of Stay:

Approx 30minutes-1hours 

       
Address: Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

Tips:

There is no accessible toilet on Temple Street. Wheelchair users are advised to use the accessible toilets at the public toilet on Market Street by Tin Hau Temple or at Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre.

Comment:

Despite its insufficient barrier-free facilities, the roads are relative wide during daytime due to fewer crowds, which should not be too much of a problem for wheelchair users. However, visitors should be aware that in the evening, crowds start to gather as it is the time for business.

 

Getting here

MTR:    
Yau Ma Tei Station  

Exit C (Exit B1 for wheelchair users)

 

For wheelchair users, exit the station and move along Waterloo Road in the direction of Jordan before turning into Man Ming Lane and you will arrive at Temple Street in 5 minutes. 

 

Tin Hau Temple

Tin Hau Temple

This is the largest Tin Hau Temple in Kowloon. Yau Ma Tei used to be a coastal area in the past. Despite land reclamation meant that its residents no longer lived on fishing, residents continues to worship the Guardian of the Sea, Tin Hau. The Tin Hau Temple has a history over one hundred years and has been listed as Grade 1 Historic Building which carries important historical value. However there are staircase at its entrance, wheelchair users can only pay their visit in front of the temple.

Address: 56-58 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei

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