Developers are aggressively hunting for old buildings to redevelop and that means more and more of the quaint old shops that give Hong Kong its unique architectural heritage are disappearing from the streetscape.
Fifty years ago, Victor Sin Ho-yuen's father opened a small trading shop called Yat Lee Oil and Soy Sauce Shop. Ten years later, he bought another shop and then owned two shops at 42 and 44 Haven Street in Causeway Bay.
But now the shop at 44 Haven Street has been bought by a developer and shut down pending its redevelopment because Sin lost his bid at the Lands Tribunal to oppose a redevelopment buyout accepted by the majority of owners in the building in which the shop was located.
South China Morning Post