2015.9.11 | 大南街 tai nan street
why go shopping malls where you see only standardized shops of brands when we have such interesting street to explore. this is tai nan street in shum shui po. shops are mainly retailing and wholesaling buttons and garment-related small metal ware.
these signboards are simple in design, they are no neon-light signboard. they are made in iron. these signage are mainly having one chinese character written on one square iron board, then all characters are put together. the fun part is that it is a symphony of small and big ones, some read from top to bottom, some from left to right, and there are from right to left too. yet you can find some discipline out of the untidiness, all are white in the background and words are in red or green or blue. what i treasure the most is that traditional chinese characters in various calligraphy styles are dominating this skyline. let me remind you, in this modern city, this is rare. we usually get computer-printed graphical or led-lighting signage these days. think causeway bay and mong kok.