Pottinger Street

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Pottinger Street at night lights

Pottinger Street (Stone Slab Street) (Chinese: 砵典乍街; pinyin: Bōdiǎnzhà Jiē; Cantonese Yale: but1 din1 ja3 gaai1; formerly 砵甸乍街) was originally paved from the Queen’s Road Central to Hollywood Road in Central, Hong Kong. It was paved with stones because it was rather steep. In 1857, the Hong Kong government named it Pottinger Street to remember the first Governor of Hong Kong, Henry Pottinger. But as the street was originally paved with stone slaps, it is better known as the Stone Slabs Street(石板街) by the locals.



Pottinger Street in 1890


The Pottinger Street was built during the term of the first governor of Hong Kong: Sir Henry Pottinger. It was named after him in 1857. It was originally built on the slope between Queen's Road Central and Hollywood Road. The street was made of stones which were put one side slighter higher, one slightly lower. This design made it has a skid-resistant function.


Pottinger Street down part end

The Pottinger Street extended its length to Connaught Road Central with the Central Reclamation Phase(中區填海計劃)(1993-1996). Although the second part was not built by stones, people still call it Stone Slabs Street (石板街).The extended part is not as steep as the upper part.




On June 24, 2010, a set of special stamps on "Characteristic Streets in Hong Kong" was released for sale together with associated philatelic products. This set of special stamps features six characteristic streets in Hong Kong and Pottinger Street was one of them. The 3-D street scene diorama in a layered design captures the hustle and bustle of street life in Hong Kong and is an ideal miniature model collectible. Information about this special stamp issue and associated philatelic products may be obtained from the website of Hong Kong Post.


With its long history and special features, many directors choose to shoot movies with some scenes of the Pottinger Street. And these movies include: In the Mood for Love", "Lust • Caution", "Sparrow", "Infernal Affairs", etc.

Pottinger Street wedding photos taken
  • Taking wedding pictures

Pottinger Street is one of the hottest place to take Wedding pictures in Hong Kong. The picture on the right shows people taking wedding pictures there.

  • There are also a lot of exhibitions and shows held on Pottinger Street. For example, in 2009, Exhibition of nature paintings by Colombian artists Nora Barrientos was held there.
  • Some authors expressed the nostalgia while writing about stories on Pottinger Street, saying that taking a stroll in the Pottinger Street is like returning to the hometown.

Location, Traffic & Surroundings


Pottinger Street map
The Pottinger Street lies from the Connaught Road Central to Hollywood Road Central, Hong Kong.


It takes about 10 minutes by walk from the Exit D2 of the Central MTR Station. One can take the No. 8 and No. 28 mini bus, No. 40 and No. 40M bus and many others to get there.



There are a lot of places of interest near Pottinger Street.

  • Places of interest
    • Old Central Police Station (舊中區警署)
    • Lan Kwai Fong, Central (中環蘭桂坊)
    • Hong Kong Fringe Club (香港藝穗會)
    • Man Ho Temple (文武庙)
  • Streets
    • Hollywood Road (Antique St) (古董街)
    • Central Mid-Levels Escalator (中環至半山自動扶梯)
    • Connaught Road Central (幹諾道中)


Pottinger Street at night green cabins
  • Shops

There are a lot of shops on the street. Many of them were the old fashioned, simply structured green cabins. These shops sell the accessories of women, special toys, shoes, second hand books, fancy dress and tools for masked ball, clothes and groceries at cheap prices. Western Restaurants can also be found. South China Morning Post suggested going to Pottinger Street “with its stone-slab steps and stalls selling ribbons, bows and buttons.” in its article 7 days guide to Hong Kong. At night, some of the green cabins selling shoes, groceries and watches are closed. While the shops selling fancy dress and decoration for Holidays remain open.


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