Li Yuen Street East, Hong Kong

Li Yuen Street East, Hong Kong

Li Yuen Street East is a lane situated in Central on Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. It is the first street which is named after a Chinese member of the society in colonial Hong Kong. Li Yuen Street East is now a popular tourist spot with numerous stalls selling a wide variety of daily goods and souvenirs.

At the end of the 18th century, large-scale reclamation projects were carried out in an attempt to increase land supply for further development in the downtown area. After the complete of the projects, large pieces of newly reclaimed land were available for sale. It was during this period that Kim Li Yuen, a rich businessman from China's Guangdong Province, bought part of the newly reclaimed land for property development. Li Yuen Street East named after Kim Li Yuen was formally founded in 1894.

During that time, houses on the two sides of the streets were a hybrid of residential units and commercial outlets with the ground floor as shops and the upper floors as apartments. Street stalls that abound nowadays had not yet emerged.

After World War II, most of Hong Kong's newspaper offices were set up on the Li Yuen Street East. Accompanied with the newspaper offices were also a number of printing workshops. Thus, during that period, Li Yuen Street East was dubbed as the "Newspaper Street". Every early morning, newly printed newspapers were delivered manually from the street to the rest of Hong Kong.

The newspaper offices did not last long on Li Yuen East Street. Gradually, they relocated to other places. It was during that time street stalls selling clothes succeeded the previous newspaper offices as the familiar scene of the street. As the number of foreign tourists increased, the street stalls diversified the goods they sold. As a result, a wide variety of goods can now be found on the street including clothes, drapery, accessories, and souvenirs.
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Sight Name: Li Yuen Street East
Sight Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong (See walking tours in Hong Kong)
Sight Type: Shopping
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