Hong Kong Shopping

Hong Kong Shopping

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For many visitors, their primary reason for coming to Hong Kong is to go shopping. It is rare for shoppers to go home empty-handed or disappointed. Hong Kong’s markets are scintillating and with stalls that carry a massive range of products. Swish shopping malls as good as those in any other major global city are crammed with outlets of the finest international and designer brands.

The area around Upper Lascar Row (also called Cat Street) and Hollywood Road is a veritable treasure trove. Shops are laden down with antiques covering the whole spectrum from opium paraphernalia and Mao badges to polished wood furniture and delicate Ming-era vases.

Ladies' Market in Mongkok is another excellent spot for souvenirs in addition to cut-price clothing and fashion accessories. Temple Street Night Market is south on Nathan Road and said to offer the ultimate Hong Kong shopping experience. Browsers will find a dizzying array of jade, bamboo mats and utensils, teas and china, jewellery and herbal medicines are sold here.

Chinese people value jade and a section of Canton Road in Kowloon is actually referred to as Jade Street. A massive chunk of jade stone marks the street. Vendors here sell birthstones, rings, bangles and Buddha statues crafted out of the semi-precious stone.

Apliu Street up in Sham Shui Po is another speciality market precinct. This time it is electronic, IT and mobile phone equipment accessories. Items are both sold new and second-hand. In the bargain-bins there are sometime some real finds to be had with vintage watches, prototype phones and coins among the most common.

There are more than 15 modern shopping centres scattered around Hong Kong. Harbour City is in Tsim Sha Tsui and is three malls all rolled into one entity with a combined total of 450 shopping outlets. Dedicated zones ensure all brands of each items are close together. Chanel and Louis Vuitton are two of the top names represented here.

For more than a century, 1881 Heritage was the home base of the city’s Marine Police. The buildings have been revamped and given a new lease of life with upmarket shops and hotels the modern anchor tenants. IFC Mall and Pacific Place are other premium shopping centres located in the main tourism districts.