Venturing down to the old areas in Hong Kong, you will see traces of the once possibly bustling neighbourhoods through the sight of some long-forgotten businesses. These stores of yore are usually stuffed with materials useful to their customers but totally unimaginable to the minds of those otherwise. To these spectators' eye, what is more valuable about them is that they showcase what the district thrived on in the past.
This "ships' stores" is located in Yau Ma Tei, which is at the heart of the busy city centre on the Kowloon side to this day. There are stores galore of the same sort in the area. They are actually the standing testimony to Yau Ma Tei being a seamen's district in the old days when merchant ships coming into Hong Kong moored nearby for replenishment before sailing.