The last merchants of Hong Kong’s Yue Man Square

“It was my father’s last wish for me to inherit the store,” says Mr. Hui, the owner of On Kee Leather Goods, one of the last remaining stores in Yue Man Square, Kwun Tong. Hui is one of just three remaining merchants and two tradesman in the square, after it was scheduled for redevelopment. Unveiled in 2007, the Kwun Tong Redevelopment Plan, which covers a total area of around 400 thousand square metres, is the largest such plan ever mapped out by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA). Since its launch, the scheme has faced much criticism despite the government and URA hailing it as a success. It …

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