Video Duration 02 minutes 10 seconds

Why Hong Kong’s traditional under-stairs shops are disappearing

Why an essential part of Hong Kong’s retail landscape is in danger of disappearing.

Away from the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and China’s growing influence, a more traditional part of the territory’s history is coming under threat.

For decades, small family-run businesses in Hong Kong have set up shops at the bottom of old residential buildings.

These tiny stores help make up the city’s distinct urban landscape, but more and more are now being forced to close.

Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke reports from Hong Kong.