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Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets: shop for antique tin toys from ’50s and ’60s

Wind-up alarm clocks, spinning gymnasts and silver robots caught our eye on a recent visit to small Wan Chai store Chung King Yong Yau

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 3:26pm
UPDATED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 3:29pm

Anyone with fond memories of playing with wind-up tin toys as a child – or anyone who appreciates groovy retro design – should pay a visit to Chung King Yong Yau in Wan Chai. The blink-and-you-miss- it hole in the wall is crammed full of antique tin toys made in Shanghai during the 1950s and ’60s, from wind-up robots and racing cars to waddling penguins and spinning gymnasts. During a recent visit we were tempted by two wind-up silver robots (HK$90 for the smaller one and HK$120 for the larger version). We were also charmed by two wind-up alarm clocks that featured moving pictures on the faces, such as a rabbit flying a kite and a hen pecking at the ground (HK$230 each). We’d take these over a kitschy “waving Mao” clock any day.

Chung King Yong Yau, 2-4 Spring Garden lane, Wan Chai. Tel: 2892 1560