Bordering Sham Shui Po, Cheung Sha Wan is associated with older run-down residences, poverty, and industrial buildings. In the 1970s, the district was home to a vibrant garment industry, then once the factories moved to cheaper locations up north, an office district for exporters and merchandising companies.
In the early 2000s, a series of residential towers were built around Lai Chi Kok station and the middle class moved into the 4 estates - Banyan Garden, The Pacifica, AquaMarine and Liberté.
The area's industrial past is still quite visible. Across the street is the poultry market. A block away is the wholesale vegetable market.
Pockets of redevelopment have started to appear as developers realize the central urban location would command decent prices. In addition, the government has a number of public housing estates in the area.
Redevelopment of the 16 blocks in So Uk Estate was announced in 2006 and once completed in 2019, it will be home to 19,500 residents.
A block away, Lei Cheng Uk Estate opened in 1984, consisting of 10 towers.
From its upper floors, there is a commanding view of the surrounding area.
Tucked away in the corner of the estate is a Han Dynasty tomb discovered in 1955. A small museum now stands on the site displaying the pottery and bronzes excavated from the tomb.