Before ‘Made in China’, there was ‘Made in Taiwan’ and before that, cheap toys, electronics and textiles poured out of Hong Kong. For a city short on space, there are still hundreds of huge, abandoned factories scattered around the New Territories and suburban areas of Kowloon and HK Island.
In Ho Chung, near Sai Kung Town, a multi-storey dying factory was converted into TV studios for local broadcaster ATV. Vacated in the 2000s, this huge urban space is now being reclaimed by nature (and graffiti artists). The site, next to Che Kung Temple, is surrounded by walls and fencing but is often used by photographers and is said to be haunted.
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The studios are best accessed by red-top minibus from Dundas Street, Mongkok – board the Sai Kung bus and ask for Ho Chung. Combine your visit with the temple next door and – for a nice cup of tea after your bout of urban exploration – Kam Kei cafe is back on the main road. Transport to the MTR is also available over the bridge back on Hiram’s Highway…