Shopping, Hong Kong
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: 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: 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: 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.
Everything everyone is on the go all the time in HK , the eternal rush.
TAKE YOUR TIME when you are paying cash ( large bills ). The closeness of the 100HKD and 1000HKD colour scheme makes it difficult to distinguish when in a low lighting area, or when you're rushed. Count your bills twice, it's ok.
Make sure you are parting with the right bills. $100HKD is red, $1000HKD is on the golden or light orange side.
It happened to me just a couple months ago. And it's not just a tourists thing, local mixed up their bills at times as well.
In 2011, my family and I went to Hong Kong for a quick 4 day stay. I brought with me our eyeglasses prescription (me and my son). A friend, who lives in HK and works at an eye clinic, recommended I see her friend Mr. Paul at Idol Vision. We went there Monday morning, picked out our glasses and picked them up on Thursday evening.
The glasses were excellent (usually it take me a few days to adjust to new glasses, but I didn't have to adjust at all this time). They were also a lot less than what I would have paid in Toronto. The service was great and in fact, months later, my son damaged his glasses at school and my brother-in-law, who had a planned trip to HK took them back and they fixed them for us.
If you would like to get new glasses, I highly recommend Idol Vision.
Fondest memory: We had a lot of fun just riding the Big Bus Tour bus around Hong Kong. It was really great to experience the city from the top of the bus. I highly recommed this for anyone visiting HK and don't have a lot of time. HK is a great city to walk around in. We were there in March, so it was a bit hazy, but the temperature was perfect.
Favorite thing: This is a fantastic annual competition, where teams from all over the world compete to become the worlds best shopper - It's fantastic to watch the teams hurrying all over Hong Kong. Paste this URL into your browser to see the video: rtsp://q229.tvlynx.co.uk/HongKongShopper_v2.mov
Hong Kong is a great place for shopping if your careful, but beware....the biggest ripp offs for electrical goods in the world happen in Hong Kong. Many people get ripped off every day, especially on Nathan road. You can get real bargains in Hong Kong, but as they say in the lonely planet...dont buy it unless it has a price ticket. Beware in particular of the Grand richly shop and the av city shop on Nathan road. If you stay clear of these kind of places ...you will have a great shopping trip in Hong Kong.
Fondest memory: The harbour views...awsome...some of the best views of skyscrapers in the world.
Favorite thing: Like many cities, Hong Kong has many shops that sell postcards. Usually the postcards are so beautiful that we ourselves could never capture it that way. Many shops sell postcards around 10-50 cents USD for one, with the high quality postcards selling below 1 USD.
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.