This article is about the Yau Ma Tei’s famous market, kitchen shops, backstreet dining and brothels. It also boasts a number of historical buildings such has the Tin Hau Temple. This piece of Sunday morning ‘Out and about’ writing describes about the backstreets of the area as well as the tea food parlors and the big sign stalls available across Yau Ma Tei. The police station, the Yau Ma Tei Theatre and the water pumping station are part of the heritage grade building of the area. Interestingly, the area also accommodates a thriving commercial scene centered on the Temple and Portland streets. Besides all this, the area is very famous for its night market in Temple Street which is a fun evening out for both tourists and locals!
Interpreting the importance of the Yau Ma Tei are, I can say that the area has helped in conserving Hong Kong ‘s fragmentary pre-war shop house architecture. It has also thrived to preserve the Chinese tradition of cha chaan teng and dai pai dong. Perhaps, the existence of fortune tellers in the night market, talks a lot about the Chinese culture and beliefs in numerology and the numbers games for the prediction of their future. Moreover, the night market in Temple street can be applied to the concept of Market and money:goods exchanges. For example- the Flea Market is a form of home shopping where you can buy alarm clocks, inexpensive garments and all manner of Chinese-flavoured tourist tat on offer.
Therefore Yau Ma tei talk a lot about the Hong Kong culture and gives us a better understanding of the methodology and history of Hong Kong.