One of the survivors from the burial of the ruins in Kowloon, Chung King Mansion is still alive. The ground floor of the slam looking building is a shopping arcade. I believe there is no traveller who is willing to step inside it. It looks too dubious. Actually, I found there is not much to buy.
I went there because someone told me that the rate is good for you to change your cash into HKDollars. Indeed, they were good.
Sham Shui Po is easily accessed by the MTR. This used to be a popular place for pirate software however there are lots of streets with wet markets and local produce as well as lots of local clothing shops. You get a good idea of local life around some of the back streets.
Directions: Take the MTR from Kowloon on the Tsuen Wan line. Sham Shui Po is 5 stops from Tsim Sha Tsui.
"Welcome to Luo Hao Commerce City"
This isn't a shopping mall. It's so huge, it's a commerce city. This "mall" is several floors high, and there are signs to sell items everywhere. Salespeople will be standing in the hallways, and you can't walk 10 seconds without being approached.
In a good mood, I surprised a few solicitors with my response. Instead of saying "no thank you" or even ignoring them, I'd say, "You are beautiful" or "I already have two". They didn't know how to respond, and it was great! There was one woman who did respond "You are beautiful, too" and that can make your day!
This mall is so big that there were busses that shipped people here, just like you see at casinos. I'm not saying there were a couple busses. There were about 100 busses in their own section of the parking garage under the mall. It was amazing how big this place is.
This mall is so big, they call is a "commerce city".
Sham Shui Po is a great local district and has plenty to offer tourists who are looking at venturing further north than Mongkok.
This very local residential district is worth spending some time in for its Wet Market alone. If you have ever wondered what the locals buy for dinner then this is the place to find out. Fashionistas, especially those who like to design and make their own clothes will enjoy shopping in Cheung Sha Wan Road (which I have reviewed separately) and Ki Lung Street.
There are two other well known landmarks in the area. The first is the Aplui Street flea market which sells everything electronic. I must admit that a lot of this stuff looked to me like it had seen better days but if you are a bit of an electronics "geek" you could easily sort out the good from the bad and end up with an authentic collectors item.
The other well known spot is the Golden Computer Centre. Computer game heaven is how I would best describe it. This is where the locals come to buy the latest electronic gadgets. If you are an IT guru or just interested in the latest computer grames you will love hecking out the various shops on the first floor. Its easy to find as its close to the MTR. Take Exit D2.
A fancy architecture worthy of having a look! that's why I put this shopping mall here. And the distinctive is that on level 4 of the building there's a grand atrium. If you look up you'll find the fantastic Digital Sky on top. And from this floor upward have a try of the Xpresscalators-the two Hongkong's longest indoor escalators. They will take you from level 4 directly to level 8 then from there further up to the Sky Garden on level 12.
The Place is near MTR Mongkok station.
There is a jewelry store called 3D-Gold. Go there and buy two hundred dollars (USD) worth of jewelry. You will then be permitted to use the three million dollar, solid gold toilet in a bathroom built out of gold and over 6000 real gems. That would be cool! And you can do it!
For shopping area (economic one)
Goldsmith : Nathan Road (Mongkok section)
Mobile Phone set: Mongkok (Mall locate near Argyle St cross Nathan Road)
AV equipment: Mongkok (Sai Yeung Choi Street)
Fashion of economic price : (Mongkok / Tsimshatsui /
Fa Yuen Street 花園街 Not nearly as famous as the nearby Temple Street or Lady Street, Fa Yuen St offers a mix of food, fruits, clothes, bags, stationery, towels, etc. You won't find much electronic gadgets here however. Things that are here though I find to be even cheaper than on Lady Street - less touristy, so the prices are not as inflated.
Fa Yuen St a few blocks east of Prince Edward MTR Station. On your tourist maps you should be able to easily locate Temple Street and Lady Street in the Mong Kok district. It is just a couple of blocks north and east of the northern end of Lady Street.
In fact, they are so close together that I have done the Temple St-Lady St-Fa Yuen St shop-a-thon quite a few times, but be sure to give yourself lots of time, because not only will you be busy shopping, just moving around can be a problem with the masses of people. This area (Yau Ma Tei-Mong Kok) is about as constantly busy and crowded as HK gets. Sure it gets worse in certain parts at certain times, but this area is an endless sea of humanity from morning to late night, day after day.
You want to have breathtaking moments? Visit the LANDMARK office which is the most central of all shopping centres. It is, too, the most successful spot as commercial office, completed in 1983. And you can have a good eating in a pleasant, open space. Ofcourse this most impressive LANDMARK building is known as the place to be for numerous, prestigious and trendy international brands, along the Des Voeux Road Central.
When visiting find the LOUIS VUITON boutique shop, where the windows got famous all around, I heard. And see, there still are the addresses of the leading hotels of the world on signs. Here kings and queens, moviestars, presidents, top-models and other VIP's has stayed, and visited the LOUIS VUITON boutique shop ...
FACTORY OUTLETS IN HK: Joyce Warehouse in South Horizons, carrying brands like Anna Sui, Girogio Armani, Vivienne Westwood, etc. Esprit Outlet in Tsimshatsui, prices up to 90% off. United Colors of Benetton Outlet in Mongkok offers 80% off. For choices of local funky fashion and leather outfits, you must visit the Hong Kong Industrial Centre near to Lai Chi Kok MTR station.
Check out these pages for outlets address:
Sine around 1920, Man Wa Lane has been known as "Chop Alley" for the chops that they sell. Chops are traditional carved seals.
You can get your name carved into a seal for a few bucks. I paid 120 HKD (about $15 US) for a marble seal with my name in traditional Chinese, a small jar of seal wax and a padded box. The carving can take up to an hour but mine only took 15-20 min. You can get a seal in marble, plastic, ivory, jade, wood, soapstone,etc...
You can also order custom business cards as well.
It's a nice souvenir to bring home with you for only a few dollars.
If you love looking at, thinking about, talking about, and buying anything related to computers, then you MUST go to the Golden Computer Arcade. It is legendary.
There are a few tourists around but in general, this is more of a locals place.
Prices aren't any better than the US but you may be able to find something interesting that you couldn't get at home. Just be sure it's going to be compatible!
The crowd is HUGE especially weekends.
This is just a pic to show how happening can the city be on a saturday afternoon.
Superbly jam-packed with humans..