Wah Fu Estate officially opened in 1968 with independent kitchens and bathrooms, a major contrast to the Shek Kip Mei Estate across the harbour that was built in the 1950s. At the time, many lived in squatter areas and this place seemed relatively luxurious. With about 9200 flats, it was a self-sustaining town with its own market, library, restaurants, and schools, a new concept for Hong Kong at the time. Today, 26,000 call this place home.
The government plans to redevelop the estate to add several thousand additional flats. There are also plans to build a rail connection further down the road.
With a hillside location, one of the surprises just next to the estate is a waterfall and rocky beach just down an unsuspecting staircase. Waterfall Bay Park stretches along the hilltop with beautiful sunset views.