Nathan Road, Hong Kong
We decided to pay a visit to Nathan Road and check out the shops. As we were strolling along, we happen to come upon a shop that lured us in their back room to show us their knock-off wares. Now, I usually don't get carried away with stuff like this as I rather not have something than have a knock-off, but we decided to check it out anyway.
As we entered the shop, a guy who I would assume was the owner approaced us and asked what we were looking for. We were looking at the watches so he brought out a few binder-like books with every imaginable desinger watch in the market today.
We grazed over the book but nothing really caught our eye until we saw a gentlemen with a beautiful authentic looking Brietling. He was deciding whether to purchase the watch or not. Let me tell you that while we were there looking at watches every single person that walked into that store could possiblly afford an authentic model, so why were they all there?
The guy purchased the watch for US $200, way too much money if you ask me. I witnessed the exchange of money and decided I would haggle my way to a beautiful Brietling as a gift.
What to buy: After going though and narrowing it down to two different models, we decided to start the haggling. After what seem like almost an hour, we got our asking price (much less than that poor soul paid).
Nathan Road is world famous for their electronics and knock-off goods. There are all sorts of shops to chose from.
If you are in the market for anything, do your homework first. Make sure if you are purchasing electronics that it is compatible in the country you reside in. If you are purchasing jewelry, know the item of interest and what something of compatible quality would cost you back home. If you are not in the market to purchase anything in particular, just wander along the streets and see what type of bargains you can find. Haggle, haggle, haggle.
I purchased a few knock-off items for my brother and my mom. Me, nah, I personally wouldn't bother with the knock-offs for myself. Rather have the real thing. (lol)
This is a commercial building with many stores selling a wide selection of japanese animation, dramas and movies. You can even find a lot of original soundtracks (OSTs) here! Some of these OSTs are very hard to find elsewhere and they are not expensive too!
What to pay: I spend around $240 in Hongkong currency for 2 OSTs and a set of anime VCDs.
there are quite many shops selling CD/VCD/DVD and most of them are selling the official or original.
1] don't buy the disc from the street stalls or hawkers, those must be the copied version or called "cinema version". I guess you know what I mean. Even the price is cheap (around HK$20 per one), but the quality is not satisfied.
2] check the region code of DVD. some DVD are internationally playable, but some might be only for specified region.
What to buy: DVD:
1] around HK$80-200 for western movie
2] around HK$50-100 for Hong Kong or asian movies
3] around HK$150-250 for classical music or special edition
1] around HK$20-50 for most of the movies
2] around HK$150-250 for box-set of Japanese cartoon
1] around HK$70-100 for Hong Kong and Asian regions
2] around HK$80-150 for western and Japanese
sometimes, the CD and DVD will be attached poster, just ask the shop-keeper. Or some shops selling the poster too, just HK$10-40
What to pay: cash in HK currency
credit card: Visa, Master and American Express are mostly accepted, but check whether any service charge
Japanese fashion die-hard fans alert.
The building behind me is situated along Nathan Road and it's 4 or 5 storeys high selling all sorts of japanese fashion stuffs!!
Very cheap! Hai!
Avoid going there on weekends coz i don't think you can move along with the crowds very well. I reckon you would end up see more people than seeing clothes.
If you walk down from Nathan Street, there are lots of shops selling women & men clothing, sports wear, shoes... I pretty like the Watson's & Sasa in Hong Kong. It is much bigger than in Singapore and we are not able to buy most of the products in Singapore. On top of that places like Tsim Sha Tsui & Mong Kok are very nice to walk & shop around.
There are tons and tons of jewelry shops that line Nathan Road. Most of them are reputable and have many shops along the same street at different points. They are more expensive than what they would be for the Hong Kong person who lives there an knows private reputable store owners, but as good as it gets for the tourist that isn't all that jewelry saavy.
What to buy: All I have to say is that if you are REALLY serious about purchasing jewelry is that you shop the stores. Make certain that you pick out a few things so that you can comparison shop. Then BARGAIN!!! They will bargain with you. In fact, give them a price lower than what you are willing to pay...you never know what they might give you!! And besides that, even if they come back with a higher price, it may be the price you are willing to pay. All reputable dealers will give you a receipt or a bill of sale. It should indicate on it the description of the item and its metal content. Gold and platinum jewelry must also carry the appropriate stamps that indicate its metal content...look for 22K or 24K or 18K or 750 for gold (most gold is 18K or higher in Hong Kong). Look for 900 or 950 for platinum. Silver is marked with 925. Be careful and have fun shopping!!
What to pay: Price should be dependent on weight. All dealers should calculate out the price per gram for you. Go from dealer to dealer to see what the going rate is.
Hongkong is a shoppers paradise, it is not difficult to find a place to shop, there many shopping malls, streets, market, without you notice you walk from one shopping streets to the other
In Nathan road is a nice place to wander where line up with shops. It is consisted of 50 or so shops selling a variety of merchandise from both international and local brands.
The shopping boulevard offers a wide range of items including apparel, accessories, jewelry, sporting goods, shoes, cosmetics, luggage, and electronics and gadgets. Some of the well-known brands with shops here are Lacoste, Skechers, Hush Puppies and Swarovski
It is open daily from 10:30am to 11:00pm. To get there, take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui and exit through Exit A. Walk to your left until you reach the first shops in about 2-3 minutes.
This little shop formerly known as the Ribbon Emporium is now located on Nathan & Haiphon Road in Kowloon. Nathan Road known as the Golden Mile of Asia. This shop is a retail outlet selling at below wholesale prices and specializing in souvenir type merchandise. Keychains, chopsticks and placemats, purses, lipstick holders, compacts, watches, and much more. They sell many items in bulk which is great if you're picking up souvenirs for many people. It is a small shop but large in merchandise. I like this store for it's souvenirs and prices. There are by the way many shops such as this in Hong Kong and a welcoming site for tourists purchasing gifts to bring back home.
Phone: 852-2377-4341 & 852-2367-6231
Address: Shop A, G/f., Po Fung Building, 33 A Haiphon Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
It's actually on Nathan Road near Haiphon Road in the Tsim Sha Tsui area.
What to buy: Jewelry, Watches, Souvenir items in bulk such as lipstick holders, purses, chopsticks, pillow covers and much more. You will pay below wholesale prices at this shop and by the way there are many more in this area just like this one.
What to pay: Below wholesale
Wow, "On Crazy Sale"! How can you miss this one? One of Hong Kong's widest streets, Nathan Road was named for Governor Sir Matthew Nathan, the Governor at the time it was constructed. Nathan Road was known "Nathan's Folly" because everyone thought Nathan was crazy for building such a wide street seeming leading nowhere. Today, it is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Hong Kong. Filled with boutiques, jewelry stores, camera stores, hotels and restaurants. The lower portion is known as the Golden Mile because of all the neon signs.
Well, anyone who has heard anything about Hong Kong will probably know Hong Kong is known for its shopping facilities. The most famous, if not the biggest, is Nathan Road in Kowloon. Nathan Road is spanning a long stretch lined with shops of all sizes and shapes. The southern part has mainly high-end brand shops, and towards the north the various market areas dissect Nathan Rd. Any tourist map will show you the main areas, close to or on Nathan Rd.
Even if you are not into shopping, a visit to Nathan Road is fun just for the experience of walking on one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, and have a look at all the things on sale.
What to buy: Depending on where you come from, electronics, jewellery, clothes and cosmetics are usually a good bargain.
When shopping electronics, it is worth shopping around, and making sure your product will have an international warranty. Also make sure you know what you are buying, reading up on the type of product beforehand, so you know what to ask and can avoid bad surprises.
Hong Kong is famous for its jewellery, and you can get jewellery to suit any budget; expensive gold works from upscale jewellers' and cheaper stuff from the markets.
Especially the markets will have a lot of bargain clothes to be had, but even shopping in the regular stores and shopping centres will be satisfying for people on most budgets.
Many cosmetics brands not readily available elsewhere will be found here, and the tax on cosmetics is lower than in many other countries.
Nathan Road and Kowloon is famous for hundreds of shops. Jewerly, cameras, CDs, design cloths etc.
What to pay: Prices are higher than e.g. Thailand, but some lower than Europe. You will find much better bargain some shopping centre and department store out of city centre.
I guess cameras are the hottest item here . We didn't think the prices were any better than in Canada however. There are lots of other things here too , including knockoff watches and souveneers etc. I liked Temple st market better for fun knockoff shopping though.
Ok, here's a section of town you must be on top of your game if not you will pay dearly with some of the prices....first of all if you must buy electronics here be for-warned the prices aren't very good, then check to see if you get what you are paying for.....don't let anything out of your sight, such as a box, and if you insist in paying with your credit card have them swipe the card right in front of you....don't let them take it to the back....you realize that there running your credit card up when you return home.....so use utmost COMMON SENSE when shopping here.....if you see a $3000 camera for $1000 ask a lot of questions......so stick to the saying "if it's to good to be true, it probably isn't" Tons, and tons of people get ripped off here, but yet people still come here ??????
For a 'guilo' there is something very special, cheeky and even mischievous about shopping in the late evening. It brings about much more excitement!
The market stalls on Nathan Road are open until very late at night, about midnight. It's not really about what they sell, more appropriately, it's what they don't sell! (I'm yet to work that out) But quite seriously, it's just a great atmosphere and it's something the locals enjoy doing. So, when in Hong Kong, do as the... you know the rest :-p
What to buy: Electronics, clothes, antiques, local food... and remember, it's OK to haggle a little with the price. If you're not happy with the price, walk on and I'm sure you'll find another stall selling almost exactly the same item/s. Personally, I don't like to haggle and I'm not good at it. I just like to check out all the unusual things for sale (dried snake, for example...)
What to pay: How much do you really want the item?