Papay Gyro Nights @ Hong Kong Secret Location

Secret Location: “tong lau” 唐樓.

Historically, “tong lau” 唐樓 encompassed Chinese and European architectural features.  The Chinese component was based on building design from southern China, mainly in Guangdong Province (Hong Kong, Macau, China) in 19th century.

The existence of tong laus was a culmination of a series of historic forces from economic development of Hong Kong, Second World War as well as the influx of Chinese migrants to Hong Kong. Tong lau were seen as a solution and many of these buildings were renovated to become rental units.

After the 1960s, no tong lau was allow built, many  were demolished to give way to taller apartment and commercial buildings. Comparatively few tong lau are found in Hong Kong today.

 

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