Peel Street, Hong Kong

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Peel Street, Hong Kong
A market at Peel Street.jpg
A market at Peel Street
Chinese 卑利街
Some old shops in Peel Street.
The south of Peel Street.

Peel Street is located in Central, Hong Kong. It is named after Robert Peel, the two-time British Prime Minister.[1]


The road was built in the 1840, at the start of the colonial era, and named for British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. Initially settled by Westerners, Chinese took over the area in the 1870s, and the expatriates had all but gravitated towards Conduit Road in the Mid-Levels by about the 1950s.[2]

Wai Siu-pak, founder of Yee Tin Tong pharmacy, once lived in Wise Mansion, a large house at the top of Peel Street next to Robinson Road. The section of Peel Street between Hollywood Road and Staunton Street was known for its calligraphers specialised in making signboards in the 1950s and 1960s.[2] The part below Hollywood Road was well known for its Indian curry restaurants. However, expensive rents have driven these trades out of the area, which is now populated by modern tower blocks. The century-old Graham Street market is situated at the lower reaches of Peel Street.[2]


Peel Street is a small street starting from the Queen's Road Central and reaches upwards into the Mid-Levels. At the lower end, there is a fresh food market. At the upper end, there are many eateries, both traditional and trendy. There was also the Ho Hei Kee Umbrella (何希記造遮), run by Ho Hung-hei, which had attracted the attention of many mass media.[citation needed] Ho died in 2015 after closing his shop in 2014.[3]

There is a shrine dedicated to Pak Kung in Peel Street, just below the junction with Staunton Street.[4]

Redevelopment plan[edit]

Urban Renewal Authority declared Peel Street/Graham Street redevelopment project.[5][6] As the project is located at the historical Central street market, it aroused much attention on the conservation of culture.[7][8][9]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yanne, Andrew; Heller, Gillis (2009). Signs of a Colonial Era. Hong Kong University Press. p. 28. ISBN 978-962-209-944-9. 
  2. ^ a b c Frew McMillan, Alex (26 June 2011) "Street talk: Peel Street". Post Magazine (South China Morning Post)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Hayes, James (1987). "Notes on Temples and Shrines, Hong Kong Island" (PDF). Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch. 27: 285–291. ISSN 1991-7295. 
  5. ^ on the 26 February 2007."Press information : URA Peel Street/Graham Street redevelopment project". Urban Renewal Authority. 
  6. ^ Peel Street / Graham Street Project Urban Renewal Authority
  7. ^ "Marked for Death". HK magazine:, 20 July 2007
  8. ^ "Market Raiders". HK magazine. 14 September 2007
  9. ^ "Market Values". HK magazine. 1 February 2008

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Coordinates: 22°16′57″N 114°09′08″E / 22.28238°N 114.15235°E / 22.28238; 114.15235