Pottinger Street

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Section of Pottinger Street between Wellington Street and Stanley Street.
Pottinger Street c. 1946, with entrance of Air-Raid Precaution Tunnel visible.
Pottinger Street in the 1930s.

Pottinger Street (Chinese: 砵典乍街; pinyin: Bōdiǎnzhà Jiē; Cantonese Yale: but1 din1 ja3 gaai1; formerly 砵甸乍街) is a street in Central, Hong Kong. It is also known as the Stone Slabs Street (Chinese:石板街) since the street is paved unevenly by granite stone steps. It was named in 1858 after Henry Pottinger, the first Governor of Hong Kong, serving from 1843 to 1844.


Street sign for Pottinger Street, Hong Kong

The street was originally on the slope between Queen's Road Central and Hollywood Road. This section is entirely covered by stone slabs. It then crosses Stanley Street and Wellington Street and ends at the western end of Hollywood Road, just after it meets Wyndham Street.

Central District underwent several reclamation projects, and extended the street north from Queen's Road Central to Connaught Road Central, junctioning Des Voeux Road Central. Buildings like Man Yee Building, Wing On House, Chinachem Tower and Hong Kong Chinese Bank Building are located at this section. This is the only section that allows vehicular traffic and not being paved by stone slabs.


The first Roman Catholic cathedral of Hong Kong was built in 1843 at the junction of Pottinger Street and Wellington Street[1] and was destroyed in a fire in 1859. It was rebuilt, but subsequently a different site was selected and the current Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Caine Road was completed 1888.[2]

In the 19th century, Chinese and European residents used to live separately in different neighbourhoods. The street once acts as a rough boundary between the two groups. The Chinese used to mainly live west of the street and westerners to the east. An Air-Raid Precaution Tunnel was built beneath the street in 1940-41 but was abandoned after the Second World War and was filled back in the 1980s.

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  1. ^ Wordie, Jason (2002). Streets: exploring Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong University Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-962-209-563-2.
  2. ^ "Sheung Wan Route A - Central and Western Heritage Trail". Retrieved 22 July 2016.

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Coordinates: 22°17′00″N 114°09′21″E / 22.28330°N 114.15589°E / 22.28330; 114.15589