‘Stone Slab Street’ brings old Hong Kong to life

The commonly used Chinese name of Pottinger Street translates as “Stone Slab Street” – and it’s easy to see why! The original section was built on a steep slope, and is composed of series of granite steps. The English name derives from Hong Kong’s first governor, Sir Henry Pottinger. The street was later extended onto reclaimed land; the old section, however, has kept its style, and is a popular venue for photo shoots and movie scenes; several of the shops here are wooden kiosks, selling mainly souvenirs and fancy-dress costumes, making this a favourite spot for Halloween shopping.