Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Sheung Wan

Sheung Wan is a hive of shophouses, exotic markets and steep "ladder" lanes. Along with neighbouring Western District, this where modern Hong Kong started, mushrooming around Possession Street where the British first planted the Union Jack in 1841.

Small green-coloured portable shops are a disappearing breed in the city's historic alleys.

The wet market around Graham Street has mostly been destroyed due to redevelopments. Just steps from the financial district, you can get your fresh meat, fish, and vegetables along the sloping streets.

Hollywood Road and Cat Street are famous for its antique and second-hand stores, which started settling here in the 1920s. It was once a haven for selling stolen "rat" goods, with the buyers being nicknamed "cats".

Meanwhile, the areas closer to the harbour have more modern office towers.

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