Wan Chai increasingly offers a host of family-friendly attractions as gentrification shrinks the red light district. The area attracts 600,000 people daily for work and leisure and is now home to a diverse selection of restaurants and shops. Lee Tung Avenue features a host of luxury businesses and residences and draws about 30,000 visitors a day. It was once famous for its small wedding-related tenement businesses, hence the informal name Wedding Card Street. But these were controversially pushed out, along with older residents who fell victim to rising rents, to make way for the development in 2007. A Lee Tung Avenue spokesman said the development had provided a space for people to shop and eat, as well as “read a book on a bench in the sunshine”, in contrast to the city’s malls. He added that Lee Tung endeavoured to be “unique with its retail and food choices”, and cited how it had brought new businesses to Hong Kong, such as Belgian cafe chain Le Pain Quotidien. “We tried to create an atmosphere where you can feel the history of Wan Chai, with the 50s-style buildings, but also the modernity.” A spokeswoman for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said it was committed to offering people a range of activities in the area. “Members of the public can enjoy sports activities in LCSD’s sports centres, sports grounds and other leisure facilities,” she said. “And there is no doubt that cultural programmes and events held in LCSD’s cultural venues are attractive to both tourists and Hong Kong residents.” A spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Tourism Board said its Insider’s Guide, launched in 2014, offered sections to help visitors navigate key attractions, history, local culture, delicacies and shopping hot spots in the district. She said it particularly promoted the area’s self-guided walks, including one that leads visitors past 30 statues of local animation and comic characters set up near Golden Bauhinia Square. Another highlight nearby is Victoria Park, the largest park on Hong Kong Island, which boasts tennis courts, football pitches, basketball courts and a swimming pool.