騎樓底 kee-lau corridor

2013.2.3 | 九龍城賈炳達道 carpenter road, kowloon city

過年到九龍城走走。商鋪休息,難得可靜靜地感受老殘但堅實的騎樓底的風情。跟平日大家開門做生意,熙來攘往、人聲鼎沸的景象,另一番意象。

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 good to enjoy and have the luxury of time and space to appreciate the “outdated” local merchant style flowing around and the traditional calligraphy of shop names on the pillars and signboard.

kowloon city kee-lau corridor

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