Mie Ho House (former Shek Kip Mei Estate)
Shek Kip Mei Estate was built in 1954 to house the 60,000 homeless victims from Shek Kip Mei fire. It was the first public estate built for resettlement. The buildings are constructed in an “H” configuration consisting 2 residential wings with communal sanitary facilities between them, and each flat is 120 square feet in area. This is the only building of the same kind surviving today, and was declared Grade II historic building in 2010. Revitalizing work finished in 2013, transforming it into Mei Ho House Youth Hostel with 129 rooms.
A museum, located on the 4th
floor of the Hostel, preserves the living condition, quality of life, social culture and human spirit of Hong Kong people from the 50s to the 70s through relics collection, conservation, education, and exhibition of items of everyday life from early periods of public housing. Though built only in half a year with minimal facilities, the estate nurtured some famous people you will not believe, including infamous director John Woo, Chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association Warren C. H. Chan, Publisher of Hong Kong Economic Times Mak Wah Cheung, and soccer player Chan Fat Chi. After visiting the exhibition, you will get an idea of how a 5-member family in Hong Kong make use of space of 120 sqaure feet, and using big metal basins to cope with the water available only once in 4 days.
9:30am-5:00pm(Christmas eve and Lunar New Year Eve)
Closed at Monday(except Public Holiday) and the first three days of Lunar New Year
Address: Block 41, 70 Berwick Street, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
Telephone: 3728 3500
Transportation: MTR Sham Shui Po Station Exit D2. Walk along Kweiling Street to Tai Po Road
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