Hong Kong Photo Gallery - To Kwa Wan Part 2

The Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot is the only pre-war cattle slaughterhouse left in the city. The Victorian style farm buildings were built in 1908 at a cost of almost $67,000, the 17,000 square metre facility included a slaughterhouse and 3 sheds for 120 cattle, 200 sheep, and 400 pigs. Its use ended in 1999 when a central abbatoir was established in Sheung Shui and a revitalization project turned the facility into an artists' village.

The 13 Streets neighbourhood is distinct with animals being part of each street's name. The buildings were originally built in 1958-1961. The streets were private and hence traffic enforcement could not issue parking tickets, so the car repair industry came in droves to rent its ground-floor shops. Upstairs, the residences are popular with South Asians thanks to its affordable rents.

Grand Waterfront's 5 buildings now tower over these older buildings. These 51-storey residences opened in 2006.

Next to it is a similarly decrepit area known as the 5 Streets, which include both industrial and residential buildings leading up to the waterfront.

If you're looking for gritty cityscapes, it's your lucky day. Dilapidated buildings are all over this neighbourhood, mixed with small redevelopments here and there.

Ko Shan Theatre opened in 1983 with a semi-open air theatre. It was replaced by an air-conditioned facility in 1996 and further extended with a new wing in 2014. The green roof on top of the new wing offers a good view of the changing district.

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