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Landscapes Lost and FoundAppreciating Hong Kong's Heritage Cultural Landscapes$
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Ken Nicolson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789622093393

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622093393.001.0001

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Dried Seafood Street

Dried Seafood Street

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Landscapes Lost and Found

Ken Nicolson

Hong Kong University Press

Case study 6: Dried Seafood Street is a popular commercial neighbourhood, specialising in selling a wide variety of dried seafood, tea, and herbal goods. Close to Hong Kong’s central business district and served by the iconic tramline, the cultural landscape comprises several blocks of colourful, bustling shops with distinctive sights, sounds, and smells. Historic urban districts in Hong Kong are vulnerable because land is scarce, property values are high, and the usual consequence of such economic forces is eventual loss of heritage sites to new development. However, for over a century the dried seafood businesses have survived several phases of urban renewal thanks to the Nam Pak Hong Association, a traders’ organisation, which has provided a degree of cohesion and stability that other commercial districts lack. The importance of conserving both the hardware and software of heritage sites is discussed. In the absence of conservation tools in Hong Kong to protect heritage urban cultural landscapes like Dried Seafood Street, land use zoning and financial incentives used elsewhere in Macau and Singapore are reviewed for comparison.

Keywords:   Sai Ying Pun, Reclamation, Nam Pak Hong, Business clusters, Gentrification

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