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Maps of Sham Shui Po

Sham Shui Po is one of the many villages which have grown and blended into the city of Kowloon and as such it has only traditional boundaries. There is an official Sham Shui Po District defined by the govenment for electoral purposes, but this sextends beyond the traditional area into for example Stonecutter's Island.

While this site does include some areas which are on the margins of Sham Shui Po for the most part we have restricted outselves to the traditional district which is north of Tai Kok Tsui, east of Cheung Sha Wan and south of Shek Kip Mei, but extending all the way to the new reclaimed waterfront at Nam Cheong MTR station.

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Populated for at least 2000 years according to archeological evidence the history of Sham Shui Po is long and deep but poorly documented. Having been a poor area for much of the 20th century little attention was given to it but now that has become developed and busy, though still not as prosperous as some other parts of Hong Kong, people have begun to seek it's history.

Originally a coastal settlement before reclamation brought it inland it was close to the important peninsular of Tak Kok Tsui with it's Cosmopolitan Dock, now since long gone of course. The last of the connection with the sea disappeared in the 1970s when the Nam Cheong Street nullah, or concrete stream, was covered over and today all that remains of it is the wide street which now runs past the open green park.

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