Movable-type Printing in Sheung Wan

The second half of the 20th century was the heyday of Hong Kong’s printing industry, much of it centred in Sheung Wan and Central. At one point there were more than 200 operations engaged in the trade. Modern technology has rendered traditional movable-type printing almost obsolete, but one operator, the Kwong Wah Printing Company, established in 1954, continues to use old equipment for which parts are no longer manufactured to print stationery and business cards with raised ink lettering. Proprietor Yam Wai-sang takes pride in keeping his machinery going and a tradition alive. Since June 2014 Movable Type Printing Technique has been listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage Inventory of Hong Kong in the Traditional Craftsmanship Domain.

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