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CENTRAL

Today, Central is well known for its famous buildings such as IFC, HSBC Bank, The Center and also entertainment places such as SoHo and Lan Kwai Fong for bars and restaurants. But Central still includes some old buildings that are under redevelopment threat.

Many old buildings near Staunton Street in Central district are under redevelopment.

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Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has purchased them for redevelopment.
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Central district and its Soho entertainment area with bars and restaurant is extending along Staunton Street.
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Centrepoint
New huge towers such as Centrepoint are popping up.
Centrepoint
Some areas have half building closed and half building still working with local shops such as printer shop.
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Once the whole building is demolished and transformed into a residential building, such old traditional shops have no choice but to move to another district as the rent would be too expensive.
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Celebrations of the Hungry Ghost or Yu Lan festival will still continue on Staunton Street every year until the Urban Renewal Authority has acquired enough properties in the area to launch the redevelopment.
Old buildings near Staunton Streetne
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Staunton Street project residential block redevelopment will feature 20 storeys.
Old buildings near Staunton Street
The URA Staunton Street / Wing Lee Street Project includes 1285 square meter and impacts 16 buildings.
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
Old buildings near Staunton Street
The Former police married quarters are also located on Staunton Street. Their fate is still uncertain by year 2011.
Old buildings near Staunton Street


Another famous area near Central / Sheung Wan district is Wing Lee Street featuring many old buildings.
Old building around Wing Lee Street
Old building around Wing Lee Street
Old building around Wing Lee Streett
The street came to attention because the movie “Echoes of the Rainbow” was filmed there and it won a Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Old building around Wing Lee Street
The whole area had been targeted for redevelopment by the Urban Renewal Authority.

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Old building on Wing Lee Street
Old building on Wing Lee Street
Old building on Wing Lee Street
Wing Lee Street features old printing shops and 1950s-1960s buildings called "Tong Lau".
Old building on Wing Lee Street
Due to the movie success, redevelopment has been put on hold. Some residents are unhappy as they expected compensation from URA.
Old building around Wing Lee Street
Old building around Wing Lee Street
Old building on Wing Lee Street
Redevelopment projects, such as the one affecting Staunton Street and also Wing Lee Street, target dilapidated old buildings with poor living conditions and transform them into open spaces and community facilities according to the Urban Renewal Authority.
Old building on Wing Lee Street
People drying their laundry outside an old building on Wing Lee Street
Old building on Wing Lee Street
Old building on Wing Lee Street
Staircase
In Sheung Wan, there are a few ladder streets, i.e. a series of streets from Sheung Wan to the Mid-levels.
Staircase
The ladder streets start from Queen's Road Central, through Hollywood Road and other cross streets, and ends at the Mid-levels.
Staircase
Staircase
New building under construction
New building under construction in Sheung Wan / Central district.
New building under construction
This old shop frontage opens horizontally. Modern shops frontage open vertically.
Shop frontage
Shop frontage
Hollywood Road shop
Many Hollywood Road shops are antics shops. Many of them located on Central district part are now replaced by bars or restaurants.
Hollywood Road shop


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