Friday, 18 May 2012
Shopping in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is truly a shoppers paradise, from glamour & glittering shopping malls to endless streets of market shopping. One thing for sure, the walking, street markets are not kid friendly and they are extremely crowded. Do bargain… you will get a good deal for sure!!
Here are a few places to go shopping when in Hong Kong.
Ladies' Market (Tung Choi Street)
Location - Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon (MTR Mongkok Station Exit E2). From afternoon – 11:30pm
This was my favourite place to shop. Ladies market is a place for bags, accessories, toys, shoes & inexpensive items of clothing for men, women & kids. There is also one street with electronic goods like mobile phones, i-pods and anything you can think of.
I purchased a few bags from here. Surely nice gifts for friends and family.
Temple Street Night Market
Location - Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon (MTR Jordan Station Exit A. Turn right into Jordan Road, then right into Temple Street). Open from 4pm till midnight.
The perfect place to pick a few bargains is this chaotic Temple Street night market. Here you will find endless rows of bright & twinkling lights. The stalls include a large variety of electronic gadgets, hardware, luggage, pens, watches, CDs, clothes. There are lots of busy stalls that offer a range of delicacies including fresh sea food & hotpot dishes. It will tempt your appetite for sure!! What amazed me most is the cluster of Fortune – tellers. No.. I didn’t try it out!! But if you do.. let me know!! This is simply a memorable experience.
Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit D and take bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square Bus terminus, Central) Open from 10:30am – 6:30pm
Stanely Market is slightly more upmarket than Ladies market. It is definitely a perfect place to buy something special for family & friends. The lanes are jam pakced with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles, curios & items of clothing. This is a nice place to buy Chinese outfits for your kids. You can surely spend a few hours here. Once you are done with shopping, don’t forget to dine at one of the fine resturants in the restored Murray House or along the streets on the waterfront.
Jardine's Crescent, Causway Bay, Hong Kong Island (MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit F). Open from 11am – 9:30pm
This is a long, endless, jam packed roadside market. You will find lots of Chinese goods, inexpensive clothing, accessories & hair related items, bags, cellphones & house hold items.
At the end of the market, are extremely pretty flower stalls with such low prices… that you cannot stop yourself from buying something.
Li Yuen Street East and West
Li Yuen Street East and West, Central, Hong Kong Island (MTR Central Station Exit C then walk along Des Voeux Road Central towards Sheung Wan) Open from 10am – 7pm
Here you will find ready made garments. But you can also have ‘made to order’ in a few hours. Look for great designs, fine silk & other fabrics, traditional styles, prints & patters & beautiful colours.
The only shopping mall I visited was ‘Harbour City’.
Location 3 - 27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Open from 10am to 9pm
This is by far the main tourist attraction in Tsim Sha Tsui. Under its roof are some 700 shops of all kinds, around 100 food outlets, a three star hotel & two cinemas. You are sure to find something you like here!!! It also has a Marks & Spencer & all other designer store. The Gallery by the Harbour is a must see!!
Transport: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit A1, walk along Haiphong Road for five minutes, or take the Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui.