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District Boundaries & Population

Yau Tsim Mong

Yau Tsim Mong ("YTM") District is situated in the southern part of the Kowloon peninsula. It is bounded by the waterfront to the south and the west, the East Rail Line of the Mass Transit Railway ("MTR") to the east and Boundary Street to the north. The gross land area is approximately 7 km². According to the Planning Department's projections of population distribution in December 2010, as at mid 2009, YTM had a resident population of around 301 800. The population density is high throughout the district, and there are large numbers of transient residents, mostly tourists staying in hotels and people coming here for shopping and amusement.


YTM is the focal point of traffic arteries in Hong Kong. The major transport facilities in the district include the MTR Hung Hom Station (the terminus of East Rail Line and West Rail Line), Hung Hom Cross Harbour Tunnel, West Harbour Crossing, the Star Ferry, Austin Road Cross Boundary Coach Terminus and the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. There are also vital transport links such as Nathan Road, the West Kowloon Highway and MTR routes.

Economic Activities

Economic activities in YTM District are mainly supported by commercial activities and supplemented by tourism and light industries. The characteristics of economic activities in the district are as follows:

  • YTM is a major shopping and retail centre in Hong Kong. With the opening of a number of new sizable shopping malls in recent years, the district has become a hot spot for tourists and locals on holidays.
  • Retail/wholesale outlets and open bazaars at landmark streets offer a wide range of selections appealable to local customers and overseas tourists alike.
  • Near one fifth of Hong Kong’s most outstanding hotels can be found in YTM. This reflects the success of the tourist industry in the district.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok are major financial areas. Banking, insurance, real estate, stocks and shares, import and export business and professional agencies can all be found in the district.
  • YTM is also a dining and entertainment centre. It has numerous restaurants and entertainment businesses.

Promotion of Tourism and Local Community Economy

YTM District has always been a popular place among tourists. The Working Group on Promotion of Tourism and Local Community Economy under the Yau Tsim Mong District Council (“YTMDC”) continues to assist local merchants and hawker associations in their business operation. YTMDC also supports special events to actively promote local characteristics of the district.

Recreational and Cultural Facilities

Major recreational facilities in YTM District include the Hong Kong Coliseum, Kowloon Park, Kwun Chung Sports Centre, the Hockey Ground and the Recreation Ground of King’s Park, Mong Kok Stadium, MacPherson Playground, Boundary Street Sports Centres No.1 & 2, Boundary Street Recreation Ground, Fa Yuen Street Sports Centre, Sycamore Street Playground, Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Lok Kwan Street Park, Anchor Street Playground and Yau Tsim Mong Pet Garden.

Indoor Recreation Ground in Kowloon Park

Space Museum and  Science Museum

Major cultural facilities in the district include the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of History. In addition, there are four public libraries and a mobile library stop.

Educational Facilities

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is situated in YTM District. There are also 20 secondary schools, 27 primary schools, 16 kindergartens, day and evening schools offering commercial, secretarial, language and tutorial courses and a special school for mild mentally handicapped children in the district.

Medical and Health Facilities

There are two hospitals in YTM District, namely Kwong Wah Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (both public), and a multi-disciplinary specialist clinic providing out-patient services. In addition, the Department of Health provides a range of health services through its Yau Ma Tei Jockey Club Polyclinic and Yau Ma Tei Specialist Clinic Extension. It also operates a health centre and a child assessment centre in Mong Kok.

Community Centre

The Henry G. Leong Yau Ma Tei Community Centre, with an air-conditioned multi-purpose hall, a conference room, a covered playground, a basketball court and the Community Cyber Point, provides a convenient venue for district groups to hold cultural, recreational and community activities.

The Mong Kok Community Hall ("MKCH") comprises a multi-purpose hall and a conference room.  Situated in the busy centre of Mong Kok with a convenient transportation network, MKCH has been a popular venue among local community groups for cultural/recreational activities and assemblies.

Urban Renewal

The Urban Renewal Authority ("URA") adopts a holistic "4R" strategy of "Redevelopment", "Rehabilitation", "Reservation" and "Revitalisation" to unlock the full potential of urban renewal. URA has introduced a number of redevelopment projects in YTM District. The project site is used as an anchor around which other complementary modes of urban renewal will take place to enhance and strengthen the socio-economic and environmental fabrics for the benefit of our urban communities.