Markets, Hong Kong
you must haggle as price are not fixed!
off course you can buy the cheapest T-Shirts in China and Macau and Hong Kong if you want to buy various cheap T-Shirts as souvenirs as these shirts are cheaply mass produced along the many Factories along the Pearl River Delta and you can buy assorted kinds of Hong Kong Souvenir T-Shirts at the various souvenir shops, at Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Ladies Market, Causeway Bay, Central, etc. the quality of the cheapest ones are spotty at about HKD 8 to 10 per shirt (if you haggle) and the more durable ones cost HKD 20 to 30 (if you haggle).
nice paper weights for the fridge
a nice souvenir from Hong Kong as beside shot glasses, I also love to collect Refrigerator Magnets on all my travels and here in Hong Kong is no Different., I usually buy them as part of my souvenir collections of the local area that I've visited and here in Hong King, and you can find them everywhere especially at the assorted souvenir shops all around the Touristy Places of Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Repulse Bay, Tung Chung, Ocean Park, Disneylad, etc., always remember to haggle when buying the souvenir items. The refrigerator Magnets go for as low as 12 to 20 HKD if you know how to haggle (but if you looked like a foreigner, they will jack it up to 40 HKD). depending if the ref magnet is ceramic or plastic or magnetized metal.
If you're a collector too then I would suggest you buy one too
my favorite collectors item besides the fridge magnets
not only do i collect assorted fridge magnets of my local and international travels but i also collect shot glasses which I sometimes use to take a shot of tequila, vodka, whisky and brandy and here in Hong Kong Territory is no different hehehe. you can buy these assorted shot glasses in the many Souvenir Stands and shops in Golden Mile of Kowloon or at Mongkok, Hong Kong Island, ocean Park, Disneyland or at Ngong Ping and a lot more. they come in all lengths and materials like the usual glass or frosted glass or tempered glass or aluminum or pewter and most are either made in hong kong are in mainland china (as most shot glasses sold in the world) the prices vary from HKD 15 to 25 per piece of my favorite shot glasses, depending on your haggling skills.
a nice souvenir
you can buy the ubiqitous mao communist caps even in capitalist hong kong as these are fast selling novelty items for collectors like me and you can find these mao communist caps at the various souvenir shops and stalls all around hong kong with different designs and colors and some even have tin pin up symbols around the caps and they range between HKD 15 to 25 per cap, depending on your haggling skills and the quality of the caps, so i would suggest you buy one for posterity.
nice gifts for ladies!
off course buying silk in Hong Kong and in Macau or Mainland China is the real mccoy! as this is the place who invented the silk fabric that they discovered from the goo of silkworms and buying in Hong Kong for Silk Products cannot be more original.
but a caveat, there are inferior quality silk produced in hong kong too, so before buying the silk products like the silk wallets, be sure to check out the products really well. budget silk wallets can cost between 12 HKD to 20HKD per piece, depending on your haggling skills.
In the night market, when you’re the first customer & you touch the item or ask for the price, be aware that they’ll never let you go until you buy the product. They believe it’s bad luck to touch an item when you’re not going to buy it.
The Flower Market is situated right beside the Bird Garden, so its a pleasant walk back towards Nathan Road.
The flowers come from all over including Holland and Hawaii.
Flowers that I had never seen before and colours different from home.
Opens 7am to 7pm.
The Bird Garden is set in an attractive Chinese courtyard where the locals sell their songbirds and a huge range of bird paraphernalia is sold here.
The locals also flock here to chat with their friends while they hang up their songbirds to do their bit.
What I found interesting was the bags of live crickets to be sold to the owners to feed their birds.
In particular I watched one vendor cutting the wings off the crickets so they would not fly away.
More patience than I would have.
I once changed my mind about buying ties after bargaining at one of the night stalls along Ladies' Street. The face of the friendly lady boss turned foul immediately and start scolding me loudly in Cantonese which I do not understand!! I quickly walked away as I felt that she was really rude. My friend later told me that she complained that I was wasting her time. How embarressing!!
Lesson Learnt: Don't attempt to bargain UNLESS ur genuinely sincere in purchasing stuff from them. Otherwise, one may risk being cursed and sweared at!!
Always bargain, even if the price is already unbelievably low. Also, if you see an item in Stanley where most western travellers go to, try to find it in Temple Street or Ladies Market in Mongkok. You probably will find the same item at half the price or even less.
Market shopping is a fascinating part of the City of Life experience. Visit the Ladies' Market in Mong Kok for inexpensive fashion items or Yau Ma Tei's Temple Street Night Market for anything from T-shirts to electronics. As well as souvenir markets, visitors can enjoy markets dedicated to birds and flowers.
Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Row, known as 'Cat Street' are must-see stops on every visitor's itinerary. Crammed with antique shops and an open-air curio market, these quaint locales are ideal places for picking up eclectic souvenirs and gifts. You'll find everything from Ming furniture and lotus lamps to Mao badges and ancient snuff bottles. Photogenic Man Mo temple, dedicated to the God of Literature (man) and the God of War (mo), is just a stroll away.
This fruit & vegetables and meat market was situated very close to the Jade Market.
We bought some oranges which made for an enjoyable and refreshing moment on a hot day.
A chance to see how the locals buy, very colourful and joins onto fruit market, ideal to make some purchases.