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YAU MA TEI

Yau Ma Tei is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong district. It was one of the first areas to be developed after the British acquired Kowloon in 1860.

Fruit Market is the a century old fruit market. The administration plans to relocate the Market.

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Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market

There are still some relics of pre-war signboards on the outer walls of this building.

Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
In 2007 Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market was turn into grade three cultural heritage site.
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market

Yau Ma Tei Cinema, adjacent to Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market, has been declared as cultural heritage for ages. It has already committed for a Cantonese opera house. A heritage impact assessment study confirmed the Yaumatei Theatre to be the only surviving pre-war cinema and Red Brick House to be the city's oldest waterworks building.

There are several blocks of one or two-storey stone buildings that were built before the Japanese occupation.
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market

Many wholesalers are still operating. The hours from 4AM to 6AM are the busiest of the market. Container lorries keep coming in and out to deliver fruits. Many workers are busy carrying fruit boxes. Piles of fruit boxes can be found everywhere.

Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
The fruit market begins to operate in the middle of the night till early morning every day.
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market

Yau Tsim Mong District Council had urged the government to move the market to Cheung Sha Wan for more than 20 years.

Some local residents complain the market brought hygiene and road safety problems as rotten fruit is thrown on the streets and roads are packed with trucks.
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market

People make profit by earning commission as they are between the fruit importers and the retailers.

Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
There are around 240 stalls trading and the livelihoods of 3000 people depend on the market. Many of the market's stall owners have been in the industry for their entire lives.
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
Yau Ma Tei Cinema and Wholesale Fruit Market are under a Preservation Scheme.
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market
Yau Ma Tei old building
Yau Ma Tei is a high density residential zone with many old stand-alone buildings.
Yau Ma Tei old building


The Yau Ma Tei Police Station is an Edwardian-style building constructed in 1922.

The Central Kowloon Route was intended to link the West Kowloon Reclamation area and the future Kai Tak development. The original Highways Department plan was to have the road run through the staff quarters of the 85-year-old police station.

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Yau Ma Tei Police Station
Yau Ma Tei Police Station

Finally the historic Yau Ma Tei police station will be saved in its entirety as the government explored alternatives for the construction of the Central Kowloon Route.

The India Club
The India Club, previously known as The Kowloon Indian Tennis Club, is just near the Queen Elizabeth hospital.
The India Club


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