It might look shabby from the outside, but what's inside is the freshest fruit from all over the world. Founded in 1913 and centrally located in the Yau Tsim Mong district, Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market - more commonly known as gwo laan among Hongkongers - is the distribution point of fresh fruit to the city's wet markets and fruit stalls. Gwo in Cantonese means fruit, laan means wholesale market, derived from the terms for railing and enclosed area. The market was officially known as Kowloon Wholesale Fruit Market until the name was transferred to Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market complex in Cheung Sha Wan in 1990. But many wholesalers still operate at the gwo laan. Between 4am and 6am, as the city sleeps, market workers rush about, stacking boxes and baskets and loading them onto trucks under the street lights in Waterloo Road. The market, consisting of several blocks of one-or two-storey stone buildings, has been declared a cultural heritage site. Its features include sign boards dating back to before the second world war. Fingers still dance over abacuses amid the accounting and bargaining, but more and more computers are connecting the old gwo laan to suppliers around the globe. Brandishing a pair of pineapples, Ah Cheung, who works for a wholesaler, chats as he stacks fruit for sale.