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Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps - A Piece of History in Central, Hong Kong

Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps - Central, Hong Kong 2Duddell Street is a very short road connecting Queen's Road Central and Ice House Street in Central, Hong Kong. It was named after brothers George and Frederick Duddell who owned several properties in the area in the mid-19th century.

The street is popular for containing vestiges of colonial Hong Kong: the Duddell Street Steps, a flight of granite stairs built between 1875 and 1889 located on the southern end; and four gas lamps, the only remaining street lamps of their kind in Hong Kong today.

The Duddell Street gas lamps, located atop the stair's top and lower balustrades, are all operational. The Hong Kong and China Gas Company, which was originally founded to provide street lighting in the city, continues to operate the lamps as objects of historical interest. Both the Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps are Declared monuments of Hong Kong.

Duddell Street Gas Lamps

One of the Duddell Street Gas Lamps

The street, now home to posh retailers including Shanghai Tang and the first Starbucks store to incorporate a bing sutt corner, is a favorite location for local TV shows and films. It's century-old history also makes it a popular tourist attraction.

To get there, take MTR to Central Station, go out at Exit D1. Walk through Pedder Street to Queen's Road Central, then turn left to Duddell Street.

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