Literally translating to “Oil Jute Land”, Yau Me Tei is a district which is still full of Hong Kong’s traditions, customs and culture. Visited by many tourists who wish to capture a glimpse of the authentic cultural identity of Hong Kong, this district also has many popular landmarks and markets which further enhance its popularity.
Historically, this district was best known as a beach district which was populated by fishermen and traders, and also the point which many people embarked on ferry rides to the Hong Kong Island. At present it is known as one of the very few places which bear the true traditions and culture of Hong Kong. Just a walk through the streets of Yau Ma Tei is enough for tourists to witness the ancient architectural style of the buildings, with of the buildings being built back in the 1930’s. Of the many iconic landmarks of this district, one that clearly stands out is the Yau Ma Tei Theatre. Built in 1928, this theatre was one of the most popular sites of the district and hosted many Cantonese Operas and Cantonese and Mandarin Movies, and now serves a historic building in Hong Kong. Another cultural landmark of this district is the Broadway Cinematheque, which was built in 1996. This building as been the site of many movie and art festivals such as The Asian Film Festival, The Korean Film Festival and the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and is thus a symbolic building of the culture of Hong Kong. There are many more iconic structures and locations in this district such as the Tin Hau Temple, the Kubrick Bookstore, the Shanghai Street Art Space and the Seafood Night Market. One can find all manner of cultural things in Yau Ma Tei, which is why it should be visited by all who visit Hong Kong.
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