興泰儀Hing Tai Yee
城市閘誌 HK Urban Canvas 2019
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Hing Tai Yee
Artist: Marka Mak
Despite decades of development and urbanisation, Ap Lei Chau is still home to some historic gem. One of them is Hing Tai Yee, which was first established around 200 years ago in Tai Ping Shan Street in Sheung Wan. When an outbreak of the plague in the Tai Ping Shan area forced the shop to close, it was relocated to its current location in Ap Lei Chau. According to the current owner Mr Lo, the shop has been in his family for four generations. Originally a vegetable store, Hing Tai Yee has also been a rice shop, and now stocks a range of groceries. The shutter artwork is inspired by the store’s history, and shows three generations of Mr Lo’s family – his grandfather, father and Mr Lo himself as a young boy – against a background of rice. When you enter the shop, be sure to check out the century-old calligraphic plaque hanging on the ceiling beam and the vintage terrazzo floor tiles.