Yau Ma Tei, also known as Waterloo, is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District in the south of the Kowloon
Peninsula in Hong Kong
. Yau Ma Tei is a phonetic transliteration of the name 油麻地 in Cantonese. It can also be spelt as Yaumatei, Yau Ma Ti, Yaumati or Yau-ma-Tee.
Yau (油) literally means "oil", Ma (麻) can either refer to "sesame" or "jute", and Tei (地) means "field" or "open ground". Hence, Yau Ma Tei can be interpreted to mean either "oil-sesame field" or "oil and jute ground". This dual-interpretation is perhaps the reason why there are two explanations for the origin of the place name. The area is also named Waterloo in English, after Waterloo Road
. This name was used for the MTR station in the area when it was opened in 1979.
The district is mainly an area of mixed residential and retail. Every night there is a market selling many different kinds of products including clothes, decorations, VCD and toys in Temple Street
, a street in the area where the famous Tin Hau
Temple was built in 1876. The Temple is at Public Square Street
. The square, known as Yung Shue Tau
, was a night market.
The Hong Kong International Hobby and Toy Museum (香港國際玩具博物館), located at No. 330 Shanghai Street
, showcases models, toys and pop culture memorabilia from around the World
. Exhibits include toy vehicles, dolls, action figures, cartoon characters, science fiction collectibles, model rockets, Japanese anime, classic toys. Tung Wah Group Of Hospitals Museum
in Kwong Wah Hospital details the history of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and its relation with Hong Kong people, is also located in Yau Ma Tei.
goes north-south across the heart of Yau Ma Tei. Most of buses routes via Nathan Road to the destinations in North Kowloon and New Territories
. Trains of MTR shuttle beneath the road. Yau Ma Tei is served by Tsuen Wan
and Kwun Tong lines on the MTR metro system, at a single station with the same name, Yau Ma Tei MTR Station. The station is the terminus of Kwun Tong Line.
Other streets in the area or partly in the area include: