Selina Cheng hunts for story ideas when she’s too lazy to cook or to do her laundry, or takes photos when none of the above appeal. She previously wrote for AFP Beijing and covered the Occupy movement for AP. Selina is currently studying investigative reporting at the Columbia Journalism School. See her series on Yau Ma Tei’s wholesale fruit market.
Out of 270 flats, only a handful of occupants still reside in the ruinous Hoi Hing building.
Developers bought out most of them and, after 2008, the building was left to rot.
What is striking is that the bought-out flats are deliberately destroyed or filled with trash, making the building look like the set of an apocalyptic movie.
The building hit the headlines for two chilling murders that shook the city, once in 1999 and then another in 2013.
Other crimes such as rape, robbery and arson also occurred here.
The remaining occupants still live in insecurity, probably until their eviction when the building will be demolished to give way to new high rises.
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