Every kind of dried fruit, herb and seafood you can imagine
- Wing Lok Street
Bird’s nest and ginseng street
From the mid-1800s, traders and merchants came to Hong Kong to sell dry goods of all kinds: seafood, fruit, ginseng, bark, roots and herbs and also more controversial items like deer, shark’s fin and bird nests.All these traditional goods are still in high demand for their reputed health benefits and they’re exported all around the world from Wing Lok Street.You’ll also find many shops specialising in traditional Chinese herbal medicines on this street.
Your grandpa’s favourite knitwear
At #111 you’ll find the Lee Kung Man knitting factory. Founded in 1923, it is one of the oldest in town, dating back to the glory days of the Hong Kong textile industry.
The famous Cicada
The shop’s own brand, Cicada, is a household name when it comes to knitwear. In the 50’s and 60’s, anyone from Bruce Lee to your granny wore Cicada, especially in the colder winter months: comfy t-shirts, vests, underwear and cardigans made from quality cotton and wool. From their base in Hong Kong, Lee Kung Man branched out and Cicada is sold in Singapore, Japan and the USA. Owner Mr. Lee says, ‘We ship our products to any place with a Chinese community’.
Heritage brand revival
Old school Lee Kung Man may be, but the vintage look, high quality t-shirts in distinctive packaging also appeal to a younger generation. In 2011, local design brand called Goods of Desire teamed up with Lee Kung Man to produce a limited edition of classic t-shirts, showcasing the craftsmanship and traditional methods of production behind an excellent product which is still made in Hong Kong.