Shopping, Hong Kong
eat and shop!! Food and shops are everywhere, and for both you can get things from the ridiculously inexpensive, to the outrageously decadent.
If you are brave enough to try street food (and for the most part they are safe, but keep in mind I grew up on this stuff), then you will be able to treat yourself to the many different smells and flavours of many different types of food, for very little money. Next up would be fast food places (both American and HK style) and hole-in-the-walls. Then there are hole-in-the-wall'esque establishments and food courts that are franchise chains, which are slightly more expensive. Next up are restaurant style chains, and finally 'real' restaurants, which have categories in and of itself. But as you can see, choices abound. You can get every type of food imaginable as well, though for more distinct/unique ethnic food, they will more likely be located in Central.
As for shopping, cheap clothes, neat gizmos, cool gadgets.. they can all be found in one of the many street markets. They usually get busy at night, and the famous Temple Street is only open at night. There are also lots of Asian-style malls (narrow hallways, low ceilings) everywhere. Recently, North American style malls have been popping up. The bigger ones are Times Square (Causeway Bay MTR), Festival Walk (Kowloon Tong MTR & KCR), Hollywood Plaza (Diamond Hill MTR), and Pacific Place (Admiralty MTR), with the latter being the most posh of them all, IMO. Being located at the foot of several major hotels such as the Shangri-La would have something to do with it I'm sure! Inside these malls you can have an enjoyable (and perhaps familiar) shopping experience, and prices tend not to be outrageous anywhere in HK anyhow. For the really expensive stuff, you will want to go to Central or Tsim Sha Tsui (ie. where the luxuriant hotels are) and look for the boutiques. Sorry, but I can't help you in giving advice in the ultra-luxury department..
or switching east for Wan Chai and Causeway Bay as they all are neighbouring districts.
Both Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are early-developed districts on the Hong Kong side. Known as a nightlife area, Wan Chai is being modernized rapidly, side streets with Chinese townhouses of decades old now co-exist with modern office towers on vast newly reclaimed land. A few streets eastwards Causeway Bay is a long-established popular dining and shopping dreamland. Department stores and shopping complexes are seen at nearly every road junctions.
Tips:Spare some time to shop or window-shop in the area which is said to have the highest rent rates
in the world -- the numerous department stores, retail shops and street bazaars along Hennessy Road in Causeway Bay. For an insight adventure you shouldn't miss the old Wan Chai area where life scenes of Hong Kong in the past -- business in street markets, local style
Favorite thing: You must go shopping in Hongkong at all the markets. Hongkong has some of the best deals on all kinds of items including electronics, clothes, souvenirs, etc... Remember to try and bargain for prices, usually you get a better deal if you do.
Favorite thing: The Times Sqare in Causeway Bay is really an impressing shopping mall. It´s not the biggest, but one of my favourite shopping malls in Hongkong. At the basement you find a store of Lane Crawford. Above this store you can find a nine floor atríum with many shops, sorted by category. One floor for example is only for HIFI, photo and music (e.g. Tower Records). Above this nine floors you have four smaller floors with some restaurants. So the mall has 14 floors. Above this mall two office towers are located.
Fondest memory: One of the many things that have strongly impressed me in Hong Kong is a place like this. At the first glance it may seem like some kind of a fancy shopping mall, well in a way it is but whats more important, its one of the many passages between buildings and streets, so in fact you don't have to cross the street in the way you normally would (even if you can do that too), but instead, you're just passing through such elegant 'corridors' that connect buildings and sometimes blocks too! And in the process, you can even make some shopping or stop by and have a snack in some restaurant!
SHOP and STROLL along Causeway Bay. The Japanese department store, Sogo is located here.
Fondest memory: Why, it must surely be the moment when I realized someone (a snatch thief) was trying to grab my handbag away from me. This incident happened just outside Sogo department store! Fortunately for me, he was kinda small built and I was taller so I kicked him in his shins and he actually ran away. Well, if you must know, nobody bothered to help me. They just stood there and WATCH the whole incident unfold before their very eyes. Yes, and nobody offered to help. Unbelievable. This is Hongkong and the people here just don't seem to have the time for you or anyone else.
Go shopping. Be prepared to bargain hard, and shop even harder. For electronics - make sure that you know the exact model that you want, and keep asking around for the best cash price - and know what you can settle for. The best deal will always be better than you will get, but sometimes just hinting that you'll check someone else out will suddenly get you an extra 10%.
Fondest memory: The sheer crowds - classic example is the congregation of Fillipino's in Central on a Sunday morning (it's the day off for the maids and au pairs). The picture shows the atrium of the HSBC building with the world's longest free-standing escalators (carefully placed with Feng Shui in mind).
Favorite thing: Go to Temple street in Yau Ma Te at night for the night market. Many funny gadgets are sold along the street, and I noticed they sell very old pornography...well used I guess hahaha. There are many fortune tellers at a corner of the street, and you pay about HKD$50 to get your fortune told. Not a bad price for an experience.
Favorite thing: Visit Pageone bookstore if you are a book lover. Swindon used to be the biggest bookstore in Hong Kong but this name has been taken over by Pageone. Many locations include Harbour city in Tsim Sha Tsui, Time Square in Causeway Bay, and Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong. All locations can be reached by the MTR.
Favorite thing: shop! Turn one corner, you will find a clutter of signboards clamouring for your attention … inviting you into treasure troves of knick-knacks and bric-a-brac, turn another corner, you will be dazzled by the beautifully window displays of the shopping centres. H.K. is just about the best place in the world for cheap bargains and luxurious goods alike … with plenty in between as well. However, the crowning glory of the H.K. shopping bonanza, is Hong Kong Summer Sale … held in July & August. I knew that I arrived in H.K. way to early for the Summer super sale, but I managed to catch many small sales … incredible buys … in April.
The recent visit was in time for the mega-sale in HongKong where they have up to 90% discount to all the shopping stores! My..my eyes just go big and round,lol=)
Fondest memory: Glide to the sale!!!And dropped!
Favorite thing: Shopping is a must In Hong Kong, oops i never thought i would say something like that :o) (not very fond of shopping really), but yes things are very cheap in hk, from clothes to electronics.
Shop till you drop
Favorite thing: When in Hong Kong, take time to shop. Shopping in Hong Kong is very convenient, and prices are very affordable, especially during the end of season clearance sales in February and July.