Nam Cheong Street
Nam Cheong Street was named after Mr. Chan Nam Cheong (1900-1971), local prominent businessmen. It was one of the earliest streets in Sham Shui Po to take shape, also known as “Lace Street” due to the many lace shops there. Chan’s ancestry was from Xinhui in the Guangdong Province. When he was a teenager he left for Australia with his father, where he studied architecture.
Chan came back to Hong Kong in the early 1930’s and worked as an assistant in a foreign-owned architecture firm. Around 1933, together with other people in the neighbourhood, he bought land in Sham Shui Po for development, along the current Nam Cheong Street. It was said that only Chan knew English in the whole district. He was at one time appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong government. In 1940 Chan and Dr. Lo Kwee-seong co-founded the Vitasoy Company.