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$12 for a box of rub­ber bands @ Jusco Liv­ing Plaza

Back in the days when poor Hongkongers couldn’t af­ford a real rope, some­one came up with the bril­liant idea of string­ing dozens of rub­ber bands into a long cord in­stead.

How to Play

There are two ways to play. The first is more straight­for­ward—the jumper at­tempts to jump over the rope when two other play­ers raise it from an­kle level to shoul­der level. The other way is to make a se­ries of dif­fer­ent jumps while the po­si­tion of the string rises. There’s a chant too, which goes, “Small ball, ba­nana oil, flow­ers bloom and twenty one…” It doesn’t make a lot of sense in

Can­tonese ei­ther.

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