WATERMELON BALL

HK Magazine - - UPFRONT -

How to Play $20 Tai Yuen Street, aka “Toy Street,” Wan Chai

Tak­ing its name from its red and white stripes, this hol­low plas­tic ball is said to have been in­vented by Hong Kong industrialist Chi­ang Chen in the 50s. A ball cost around the price of a can of Coke (about $2.50), so kids from poorer fam­i­lies could af­ford them. It’s ba­si­cally the same as soc­cer, ex­cept the ball’s a lot harder and more frag­ile. Watch out for the bulging air hole sealed with plas­tic to pre­vent air leak­age, which is par­tic­u­larly painful if it hits you in the head.

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