HK's Historical Mei Ho House Turned into Youth Hostel and Museum - Now Open

HK's Historical Mei Ho House Turned into Youth Hostel and Museum - Now Open

HK's Historical Mei Ho House Turned into Youth Hostel and Museum

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The Shek Kip Mei Estate Mei Ho House, built in 1954 as Hong Kong's first public housing complex, has been remade into the YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel, which opened on October 24th. The address is No. 70 Berwick Street, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong.

This is the first public housing complex in Hong Kong to be converted into a youth hostel. The building, laid out in the shape of a letter "H," has six floors. In addition to accommodations, the Hong Kong government has also opened here the Mei Ho House Lifestyle Museum. The museum features rooms that have been preserved in states dating back to the 1950s through 1970s. They contain 1,200 items to show visitors how residents lived in those years. The exhibits even extend to kitchens and toilets in some rooms. After World War II, many people crossed from mainland China to Hong Kong, providing the territory's government with the initial impetus public housing construction. The complex closed about a decade ago, but a movement rose up to preserve the structure as it was, as change comes at a torrid pace in Hong Kong. Thus the building was refashioned into a hostel and museum.

Gender-segregated rooms include dormitory-style, twin rooms and family rooms and more, with a total of 129 guestrooms available. The twin and double rooms measure 269 square feet (25 square meters). In addition to air-conditioning, amenities includes a TV, hair dryer and hot water, as well as Wi-Fi in all rooms. One-night rates are HK$300 for a dormitory-style room, HK$680 for twin and double rooms, and HK$1,620 for a family room. All rates include breakfast.

Bookings are limited to members of the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF) and the Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association (HKYHA), but a member can bring along three non-members to stay as guests. Non-members visiting from oversees who are not accompanied by a member of either group can pay the membership fee upon arrival to join and then book a room.

Admission is free to the museum, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Mondays.



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