Happy hunting ground for Chinese-style antiques and souvenirs

“Lascar” is an English colonial word referring to East Indian sailors, and Lascar Row is where they lived in the early years of Hong Kong, on a lane located between Hollywood Road and Queen's Road Central. The sailors acquired artefacts in China which they sold locally, and over time an antique market developed in the area. The alternative name, Cat Street, is derived from the fact that stolen goods are referred to as “mouse goods” in Chinese, and the people who buy them are called “cats”. Today the area is much more salubrious, and here visitors can search for jade, porcelain, silk items, embroidery, wooden carvings and more.