Sai Yeung Choi Street

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A popular shopping centre in Sai Yeung Choi South Street
A Picture of Sai Yeung Choi Street South

Sai Yeung Choi Street (Chinese: 西洋菜街) are two streets in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, namely, Sai Yeung Choi Street South (西洋菜南街) and Sai Yeung Choi Street North (西洋菜北街). Although officially two streets, local people seldom make distinction between them. They are separated by the Mong Kok Police Station.

History[edit]

The streets were built on watercress cultivation in a village, Mong Kok Tsuen (芒角村), in Mong Kok in 1924. The name Sai Yeung Choi is the Cantonese name of watercress. As time went by, the village and fields were replaced by high-rise buildings.[1] When the police station was built, they were no longer connected. On 12 January 1979, the streets were renamed to north and south sections.

Sai Yeung Choi Street South[edit]

Starting from Dundas Street in Yau Ma Tei, it runs north and meets major roads, Argyle Street and Mong Kok Road, and ends at the junction with Prince Edward Road West. This street is a hot spot for Hong Kong people. The section south of Argyle Street concentrates shops of electronic products at street level and upstair bookstores above.

Sai Yeung Choi Street North[edit]

Starting from Playing Field Road, it runs north, crossing Boundary Street into New Kowloon and terminates slight beyond Poplar Street. This street is largely residential and more quiet than the other street in the south. A much shorter, separated section of this street is to the north, between Sai Yeung Choi Lane and St. Francis' Church, separated by a hillside slope.

Transportation[edit]

Mong Kok Station Exit D3, E2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Qizhang Dong, Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City (Columbia University Press, 2013), ISBN 978-0231504225, c. 38. Excerpts available at Google Books.

Coordinates: 22°19′19″N 114°10′10″E / 22.32195°N 114.16944°E / 22.32195; 114.16944