2013.2.3 | 九龍城賈炳達道 carpenter road, kowloon city
kee-lau, literally translated as riding building. taking reference from wiki, it is a balcony-type tenement building for residential and commercial use common in the 19th century to mid-20th century. the upper floors are supported by pillars and protrude to the edge of the street, thus the ‘riding’. the species is endangered in hong kong. in the old neighbourhood of kowloon city, these aged walk-up buildings appear tattered but shop houses along the kee-lau corridors are thriving. most of the days in the year, shop houses selling food and daily goods are fully engaged with people, shopping activities, so crowded and noisy.
during the chinese new year, shops are closed. it is another kind of scenery. good to enjoy and have the luxury of time and space to appreciate the “outdated” local merchant style flowing around and the traditional calligraphy of shop names on the pillars and signboard.