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Disappearing Handcrafts in Hong Kong – Old Businesses that Carries the Beauty of Tradition and Culture

August 5, 2021

In this fast-paced city, things are changing to rapidly that sometimes things just fade away before we can even catch a moment to treasure them. As the city continues to develop, we have to ask: Do we still get to keep the roots of our culture, or are we getting plain under globalization? While traditional handcrafts have been disappearing, there are, still, old businesses that carries the beauty of tradition and culture. Go check them out before it’s too late.

  1. Mei Wah Qipao

Having witnessed the rise and fall of the symbolic fashion over the past 80 years, the family business has earned great credibility for their hand-made Chinese dresses with patience, passion and extraordinary skills. Go get your own one-piece and unleash your eastern beauty from within.

  1. Biu Kee Mah Jong

In this tiny understairs store standing humbly in Jordan, you can find one of the few remaining artisans that hand-carves Mah Jong. The third generation of the owner’s family continues to work the magic on the signature white-green tiles with tiny handmade chisels and bow-and-arrow-like tool. Get your favorite Cantonese slangs, blessings, or your names carved on a tile for the best souvenir to bring home.

  1. Yuent Tong China Works

If you like Chinese ceramics, Yuet Tung China Works in Kowloon Bay is a must-see. Established in 1928, the shop is well-known for producing Guangzhou’s famous porcelain wares and making special order pieces for royal families of foreign countries, as well as for top hotels. Both cheap wares and expensive antiques are available.

  1. Minibus Sign

Red-white-blue minibus sign has kept the Hong Kong spirit in its most original form. For over 35 years, Mr. Mak has been churning out the three-colored signs at his store on Battery Street in Jordan. Embracing the trend and the use of technology, he is now putting funny Cantonese slangs on his crafts. 

  1. Kwok Kee Wood Sculpture

Since 1983, the Kwok brothers have been creating the highest quality wooden art piece with skills and experience passed down from generations. Not only do they make sculptures for local religious centers and festivals, but also spiritual tablets for household altars from Tin Hau to Jesus.

  1. Keng Kei Noodle Factory

In the hustle and bustle Central area, Keng Kei Noodle Factory has been making fresh canton noodles for more than 60 years. Not only can you see noodles in various flavours and texture being made in an open-door setting, you can also meet the friendly owner who enjoys crafting the noodles and loves sharing his story and all the things he knows.Swing by and get some noodles as a souvenir.

  1. Tak Chong Sam Kee

The Lam family from the Tuck Chong Sum Kee Bamboo Steam Company are famous for making bamboo basket steamers of all sizes for over 70 years. For their great skills and product quality, there is a demand from overseas restaurants as well as creative businesses. Maybe it could make a nice souvenir too? 

  1. Tin Bo House

Tin Bo House in Sai Ying Pun has not only mastered the art of paper offering making for decades, it also won the Guinness Record of the world’s largest hanging lantern. By using paper, bamboo sticks and rice glue, the workshop custom makes everything you can and cannot imagine, from planes to sexy strippers. 

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