16 October 2009

Seen in Hong Kong #9: Stone Slabs Street



The street's name is actually Pottinger Street, named after the first Governor of Hong Kong, Henry Pottinger. Most locals, however, call this street 石板街 (shek ban gai in Cantonese), which literally means Stone Slabs Street, in reference to the granite stone steps that run the length of this street.

 

I love this street. Whenever I go to Central and when I have the time, I love walking down the steps and just feasting my eyes on the wares that the different stores and stalls sell. There are a couple of clothing outlets, stalls that sell all kinds of ribbons, a few watch repair stalls, but this street is most well-known for accessories. If you are going to a costume party, this is the place to come to for various accessories to complete your get-up.

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Check out the masks. Fidel Castro to Miss Piggy and everything else in-between.

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Fun wigs for a hen night?

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Feather boas.

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Tiaras, goofy head bands…

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Various footwear.

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Even rubber dismembered body parts (perfect for Halloween). I’m only guessing they’re rubber, because I couldn’t bring myself to touch them!

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And hairpieces. Yes, I know I mentioned this already, but I didn’t want to leave you with that disturbing image of those fake dismembered body parts…

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If you’re ever in Hong Kong and plan to visit Pottinger Street, here’s a tip: Remember to wear comfortable shoes. Heels make it very tricky to walk up and down those stone steps.

23 COMMENTS:

Theta Mom said...

That looks like so much fun! Those masks are awesome! :)

blueviolet said...

Thank you for removing that last image from my mind because that leg was freaking me out!

What a cool place to visit!

Catherine Anne said...

What a fun place!

Elle Bee said...

Wow, that's some crazy stuff! Thanks for the redirect at the end...creepy! :o)
elle

Wanda said...

Oh, it makes me want to go back. And with lots of cash too. (Well....except, I'll skip those dismembered parts!)

Jennifer said...

LOL! Thank you for bringing back the colorful wigs. You were right about not ending it on the bloody limbs! ;-)

serline said...

These things are pleasing to the eyes...

Veronica Lee said...

Looks like a fun place to visit. Is it something like 'Looi Yun Gai'?

The pics are really awesome!!

Buckeroomama said...

@Veronica: Not exactly. Pottinger Street is a very short street, whereas the Ladies' Market stretches over 2-3+ blocks and you get a LOT more goods there, including brand name knock-offs.

Lindy said...

That looks like a really fun place to visit. I love it when our town has festivals and everyone sets up their booths....it's just fun to not shop at a retail giant for once!

golonghorns said...

What a fun place but somehow I can't get Harry Potter off my mind for the name of that street now!

Dandy said...

That is awesome!! So very cool.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Looks like a great place to shop.

Nezzy said...

Looks like the perfect place to choose a new identity! The masks are phenomenal and those wigs are a real hoot!

Have a fantastically blessed weekend filled with fun!!!

Yelena R. said...

What a fun place to shop :) I don't celebrate Holloween, so I;ve never really bought a costume, but I've always wanted a crazy wig...something in lime gree or hot pink...I think :)

Have a great weekend!

Mommy24cs said...

I always see these kind of streets when I'm watching the travel channel and I think how fun it would be to visit.

Those body parts are disturbing LOL. I love the masks and all the colorful hair. So fun!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Oh I would LOVE to shop around there! Very cool!

Alicia said...

How fun to just go and check out all the neat things they sell! It's almost like going to a swap meet/flea market.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oooh...that looks like fun!

And what's a "hen night"??? Like a girls night out?

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Colorful! Thanks for sharing them...
I had to scroll back when I saw the dismembered body parts...that was kind of scary...
Have a great week!

Helene said...

That is awesome! We have a Halloween party to go to this weekend and I have NO clue what we're gonna dress as....I bet I could find a costume there within 5 minutes!!

MenopausalNewMom said...

Beautiful street, so colorful, must be crowded with shoppers, everyone would want to be there!

Deb

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Great photos! It looks like a truly unique place to shop.

And thank you for putting the wigs back in, so I wasn't left with the body parts as a last image of such an interesting place!

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