Mei Ho House: Historical public housing to become youth hostel

Two historical buildings in Hong Kong may soon become tourist destinations after a HK$200 million-plus revamp.

Two historical buildings, including Mei Ho House in Shek Kip Mei, might be getting a revamp soon. The government has proposed a couple of redevelopment projects, costing more than HK$200 million, to turn Mei Ho House and Lui Seng Chun building into social enterprises and tourist attractions.

Mei Ho House is the last remaining block from the Shek Kip Mei public housing estate which dates back to 1953. If Legco passes the government proposal, Mei Ho House could emerge as a 129-room budget hostel as early as 2012. The first two floors would house a public housing museum with sample rooms restored to their original condition in the 1950s. The Youth Hostel Association would operate the facility as a social entreprise.

Lui Seng Chun is a four-story tong lau dating from 1931. The building may be taken over by the Baptist University to become their Chinese Medicine and Healthcare Centre. The centre would sell medicines as well as offer medical services with a quota for low-income groups. The Tourism Board would promote the place as a tourist attraction.

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