It used to be said if you’d had something stolen in Hong Kong, it was likely you’d find it at the markets on Upper Lascar Row. The thieves were known locally as ‘rats’, the sellers became known as ‘cats’ and so the Cat Street Market earned its name. Located right near Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan, it is over 100 years old and still in existence today.
I visited early one morning as sellers were just setting up their stalls for the day. I saw all kinds of treasures on offer; ceramics and charms, postcards and coins. On the short street, you can find everything ranging from souvenirs and replicas to antiques and propaganda. Interspersed with craftsmen working in the street and steamy noodle shops, it was the ideal place to watch the city slowly come alive.