From street-side slaughter to hipster haven: Re-making the oldest wet market in Hong Kong

Photo: Adam Wright/HKFP.

The oldest market in Hong Kong snakes down Graham Street in Central district, a riotous sensory overload of colours and aromas. 

When it was established around 160 years ago, the British colony of Hong Kong was less than 20 years old. The wet market’s starting point on Queen’s Road was not much more than a block away from the original Victoria Harbour waterfront, defined roughly by the tramline on Des Voeux Road Central.

At first, Graham Street Market’s proximity to the ocean made it a natural fit for the trade in fresh fish and other fruits de la mer. But land reclamation over the years pushed the coastline several hundred metres to the north.


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