Wedding Card Street

Lee Tung Street

Lee Tung Street known as the Wedding Card Street (喜帖街) by the locals, is located at Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Involved in a project executed by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), it is expected to be torn down in the near future. The expected demolition is seen by many as an irretrievable detriment to the cultural heritage of Hong Kong.

All interests of this street are now being resumed and were reverted to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since 1st November, 2005.

The street has been famous for its printing industry for long. In 1950s, Hong Kong Government gathers print shops in Lee Tung Street between Johnston Road and Queen's Road East. Rumours had it that the purpose is to easily monitor any illegal publication. The print shops developed their own letters, envelopes and name card. In 1970s, they also produced wedding invitations, lai see, fai chun and other items and became famous in 1980s. Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong people had visited the shops there to order their wedding cards, name cards and traditional Chinese calendars.

In 2003, the Urban Renewal Authority announced it would spend HK$3.58 billion to redevelop Lee Tung Street and McGregor Street (Chinese:麥加力歌街), an area covering 8,900 square meters. According to an authority spokesman, up to the end of June 2005, more than 85 percent of the 647 affected homeowners on Lee Tung Street had agreed to accept compensation offers of HK$4,079 per square foot. The purchase of the land is expected to be completed early 2006.

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In its place will stand four high-rise buildings and one underground car park, and new shops that together makes the image of the street as a “Wedding City”. That means the old shops here, which are mostly small businesses and family run, have to move to somewhere else to make business, facing high rent and losing old customers.


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