Duddell Street

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Duddell Street
Duddell Street Steps (facing north).JPG
Entrance of Duddell Street from Ice House Street
Location Central, Hong Kong
Coordinates Coordinates: 22°16′49″N 114°09′27″E / 22.28017°N 114.15749°E / 22.28017; 114.15749
South end Ice House Street
North end Queen's Road Central
Construction start 1875
Completion 1899

Duddell Street (Chinese: 都爹利街; pinyin: Dūdiēlì Jiē; Cantonese Yale: dou1 de1 lei6 gaai1) is a small street located near the Lan Kwai Fong district in Central, Hong Kong. Named after George and Frederick Duddell, it stretches from Ice House Street to Queen's Road Central. The street is noted for containing the city's last four gas lamps.


This short street includes, at its southern end, a flight of granite steps that were built between 1875 and 1889;[1] these lead up to Ice House Street. The street was named in honour of brothers George and Frederick Duddell. Both were landowners in the early days of the colony, having emigrated from Macau after the 1841 annexation of Hong Kong.[2] George was an auctioneer and ultimately a significant property owner in the area around the present Duddell Street in the mid-19th century.[3] When Frederick and his wife died, they were both buried back in Macau at the Old Protestant Cemetery.[2]

Gas lamps[edit]

Firemen stand by to watch for any gas leaks after the gas lamps at Duddell Street, Hong Kong, were damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut (2018).
Damage to the stairs and missing gas lamps in September 2018

The street is famous for its four gas-powered street lamps. While all other street lamps in Hong Kong are now electric, these four still use town gas. The Hong Kong and China Gas Company continues the operation of the lamps as objects of historical interest. Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps are Declared monuments of Hong Kong.[4]

Three of the four street lights have been destroyed on 16 September 2018 during Typhoon Mangkhut.


In June 2009, Hong Kong retail design store G.O.D. collaborated with Starbucks and created a store with a "Bing Sutt Corner" at their store on Duddell Street. It is a concept that fuses the retro bing sutt, a Hong Kong teahouse style with the contemporary look of a coffeehouse.[5]

In April 2012, the flagship store of clothing retailer Shanghai Tang was opened at 1 Duddell Street, known as the 'Shanghai Tang Mansion'. It is close to 1,400-square-metres in size and is the largest branch in the world, designed by Shanghai-based design firm Design MVW.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Central and Western Heritage Trail - Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps
  2. ^ a b Wordie, Jason (May 1, 2002). Exploring Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong University Press. p. 46. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Endacott, G. B. (2005) [1962]. A biographical sketch-book of early Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press. ISBN 978-9622097421.
  4. ^ "Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps, Central". Antiquities and Monuments Office. Government of Hong Kong. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  5. ^ DeWolf, Christopher (21 April 2010). "Hong Kong's best bing sutt: Guide to old-school diners". CNN Travel. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  6. ^ "Welcome back, Shanghai Tang! Hong Kong flagship biggest in the world". CNN Go. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012.

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