VIDEO – The Plight of Tin Shui Wai’s Hawkers in the ‘City of Despair’ 4


Below is a video by multi-media journalist Hélène Franchineau of the SCMP about the plight of market hawkers in one of the city’s poorest areas. Be sure to see it through to the end…

Tin Shui Wai is a concrete jungle of 300,000 souls located on the north-west tip of Hong Kong. 60% of its residents live in public housing. Daily necessities can only be bought in supermarkets run by a real estate investment trust, where lack of competition drives the prices up. Some residents have set up illegal dawn markets on the streets but always fret the unexpected arrival of government officers. The HK government declared early September that it would open a new, legal, dawn market. Tin Shui Wai’s residents and hawkers are worried it will turn into another expensive tourist trap.