Laundry hangs outside brothels to dry in Spring Garden Lane in a 1915 photograph.

Stories behind Hong Kong’s street names: Spring Garden Lane and its ‘big number brothels’

The street was named by British settlers for its natural springs, but the Chinese name refers to spring the season. Long a red-light district, the street hosted a market for a time, but little of its past remains

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Laundry hangs outside brothels to dry in Spring Garden Lane in a 1915 photograph.
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