Pottinger Street

Pottinger Street, Hong Kong: Address, Pottinger Street Reviews: 4/5

Pottinger Street
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Neighbourhood: Central District
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  • Hong Kong • 4 min walk
  • Central • 5 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,965 contributions
A Fancy Dress Treasure Trove of Costumes, Masks, Wigs and Colour
Mar 2021
This is not a street for wearing high heels. The uneven granite stone slabs of this steep street were first laid in the 1850s and one suspects that they have been tripping people up ever since.
The most interesting thing here are the colourful stalls along the sides. They sell all sorts of weird and wonderful masks, capes, wigs, hats, feather boas and fancy dress costumes.
If you go there around St Patrick’s Day, it will be a sea of green glitter and sparkles and leprechaun hats and if you go at Christmas, you’ll find it awash with Santa suits, tinsel, decorations and dancing Christmas trees. It is a fun, quick stop when you are looking around Central.
For the more serious-minded, this is one of the oldest streets in Central and is a listed Grade 1 historical monument. It was formally named after Henry Pottinger, the first Governor of Hong Kong (1843 to 1844) but is informally known as Stone Slab St. The roughly hewn slabs were a deliberate design to help stop people from slipping on the steep slope and more importantly, to direct the rainwater away from the middle of the street, effectively sluicing the water off to the sides. It always surprises me to remember that before Hong Kong engaged in massive land reclamation, the seawater actually came up to Queens Rd and the start of Pottinger St.
Written 22 March 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,284 contributions
Slab Street - A Grade 1 historical landmark in Central
Jan 2020
This is a Grade 1 historic location in the centre of Hong Kong. Pottinger Street (also known as Slab Street) was built in the 1850s and is basically a stone slab pedestrian street which slopes upwards using the contours of the natural land. As such, it is uneven and a bit awkward to walk without paying attention to the steps. Regardless, it is a neat historic attraction and an interesting place to take in during visits to the Central District.

Along Pottinger, you'll find a handful of restaurants as well as stalls selling accessories, souvenirs, wigs, costumes and related holiday items (especially during Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival).

You'll also be able to catch some street art that goes up on the building sides from time to time. Presently there is a new large scale painting of a historic streetscape view of Slab Street from the past. You can see it just south of the Wellington Street intersection.
Written 12 January 2020
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bcheong
Singapore, Singapore25,758 contributions
Stony steps
Jun 2019
An interesting “street” that’s basically an old flight of stoney steps that have eroded with time. At the top you have tai kwun, and the bottom, the posh pottinger hotel. Street stalls occupy eveything in between
Written 10 June 2019
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TheMoment - 那一瞬間
San Francisco, CA473 contributions
Challenge your knees and angle
Apr 2019 • Friends
When you visit Hong Kong, it is a must to go the Pottinger Street, locally known as cobble stone street and walk a mile up hill at 45 degree. Shop there and enjoy the moment while you climbing up and swearing. It is fun.
Written 14 May 2019
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada3,844 contributions
Costumes, Masks, and Party Supplies
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is one of the oldest streets in Hong Kong. Between Queen’s Road Central and Wellington St., it’s pedestrian only and on a steep hillside with granite steps. It’s lined with stalls selling costumes, masks, and party supplies.

Pottinger St. runs parallel to the nearby Mid-Levels Escalator. To avoid walking uphill on Pottinger St., you can take the Mid-Levels Escalator up then walk down Pottinger St.
Written 11 April 2019
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tonsterl
Sydney, Australia154 contributions
Intriguing
Mar 2019 • Friends
Stumbled upon this street while looking for a place to have lunch. It was extremely busy as it was lunch hour.
Try and eat at one of the stalls off Pottinger Street.
There is the world’s longest escalator (Mid-Levels escalators close by)
Written 17 March 2019
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171258Philip
Singapore, Singapore191 contributions
Old Street Of Hong Kong
Dec 2018 • Family
It will be good to take your photograph at the bottom of the steps next to Pottinger Hotel. You can then use the mid level travellator and then walk down.
Written 20 December 2018
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Paul H
Huddersfield, UK1,686 contributions
Step back in time
Aug 2018 • Couples
It has a look of old London slum areas in the 40s. One minute just a steep street of concrete. A clip from West side story.
Then tiny stalls and shops appear selling everything you can think of from these cobbled streets and steep upward pavements. Not easy walking.
The people running the stall are lovely people. Young and old business people.
Written 15 December 2018
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holiday-view23-7-11
Basingstoke, UK1,721 contributions
Another must visit
Nov 2018 • Couples
When in Hong Kong you must visit here as it is full of tiny little shops and people. We undertook a walking tour that brought us through here it was good fun although a little difficult to walk down as it had been raining lightly and the cobbles were slippery so take care. you can buy just about anything here too lots of shops selling the same things so you can barter a good price. The history of the little portable shops will be dying out as they pass down a family but this is going to come to an end some time soon.
Written 13 December 2018
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NevilleG1
Sandton, South Africa55 contributions
agreat part of the city
Sep 2018
this little street is exactly where you want to be in your stay in Hong Kong! there are many small hotels around ( i stayed at the Pottinger) at night this street comes alive and you are in Lang Kwai Fong where the restaurants and bars are the place to be!!
Written 12 December 2018
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