Stanley Market, Hong Kong
This is really on the far end of Hong Kong Island, and yet each weekend, it never fail to attract hordes of tourist to come all the way here just to poke around and shop for all things ranging from souvenir crap, to clothings, antiques, jewelry, books, arts and crafts, food, shoes etc etc. Amazing.
1. Take bus no.6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Central (Exchange Square) Bus Terminus.
2. Take MTR to Causeway Bay station (Exit B) walk to Tang Lung Street then take green minibus no.40.
3. Take bus no.973 at Tsim Sha Tsui East Bus Terminus or Canton Road outside Silvercord Centre.
What to pay: Bargain is the order of the day.
Stanley Market located on Hong Kong island has been established for many tears, there must be well over 100 stalls selling clothing for men, women and children, also an assortment of gadgets ranging from binoculars, knives, travel goods,ice cream, drinks etc. Prices are low and you are expected to bargain down the price. Many well known brands are on sale, some with the tags cut out.
Chinese calligraphy can provide you with some nice, inexpensive gifts to take home. At Stanley Market, you can buy every size and style that you want.
What to buy: Chinese calligraphy.
What to pay: You can buy a small piece, like the one in the picture, unframed, for as little as HK$35. Of course, you can pay much more for larger pieces of hiqh quality work.
As soon as I got to Stanley Market I ran up nad down the aisles like a mad woman making sure I checked out everything before I spent all my money. The first shops you see there are basically the same shops over and over again. And everyones prices are about the same. It takes about 3 hours to walk it at a nice pace.
What to buy: 1. Christmas ornaments and animal ornaments made of decorative painted metal and enamel. $2-5
2. Children slippers with dragon faces and bell$4
3. Embroidered sheets $20-50
4. Scarves made of silk, handpainted or pashima, hand knit or fur (I bought for all my friends and they loved them soooo much)$5-40
5. Colorful Felt new year animal wall hanging $4
6. Masks made of wood or bone of mythological creatures$10 for small or $30+ for large
7. Cool boots $15 (leopard print) $15 (blue suede with pretty buttons)
8. Purses of tapestry and bead work $15+
9. Custom made stamp of porclein $10
What to pay: I am not much of a bargain haggler, I just ask "Can you do a little better in price" and they usually round off .
Or I'll say "No tax today", they laugh and give me a better discount.
Stanley market located on Hong Kong Island is a cornucopia of bargain shopping. Hundreds of street stalls huddled together in this quaint little shopping area town amidst restaurants, pubs, temples and the bay it is a destination for tourists looking for bargains. And, that's exactly what you will find here. Example: I found a cotton burgundy shirt/jacket for HK$10.00 which basically translates to about $US$1.50. Yes you read that right $1.50 and that's not unusual. There are souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, artwork and more that I can't even list all at incredible low prices. These stalls sell at below wholesale as do many retail stores within Hong Kong. If you want to do shopping, this is THE place to go. Of course there are your regular high end shopping malls such as Harbour City in Kowloon though you will pay what you'd pay at home at these malls.
What to buy: Clothes, souvenirs, artwork, shoes, bags and Oh, did I say clothes?
What to pay: Below wholesale except on shoes.
Stanly Market is in the south of HK island, but it is definately very worth to go...
Lots of great stuff you would find here, gifts, clothes, Chinese crafts, restaurants...all kinds of shops in this area...Big $$$$$$ !!!!
What to pay: REMEMBER TO BARGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because there are so many shops there, you got chances to think and compare, don't just buy it when you find something you like at beginning, make sure you check all the prices from ALL the stores!!! (well..if you're lazy..then just forget about it..haha..)
Stanley Market is a street market in Stanley on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. The street is a typical example of a traditional old open-air market in Hong Kong and has since become a major tourist attraction, well known for its bargains. Many of the stalls or shops sell Hong Kong souvenirs as well as clothing - particularly silk garments, shoes and traditional Chinese dress - toys, ornaments, luggage, souvenirs, and Chinese arts and crafts. It's fairly small and is nice to wander around even if you're not planning on buying anything.
Stanley Markets is a wonderful place full of atmosphere to go and shop for clothing, trinkets and souvenirs, pictures/paintings or just stroll along the beach or have a cold beer at one of the bars there.
Some class it as a tourist trap, but I used to enjoy the trip out there as much as I enjoyed wandering around the shops.
Stanley market on Hong Kong Island is a cluster of about 150 shops which sell a variety of items (mainly clothes and accessories) at discounted prices. You will not fund branched labels here but will get unbranded stuff at good bargains. It is somewhat like Fashion Street in Mumbai but a few notches above.
How To Get There: You need to get to Central Station and walk a few blocks to the Harbor Exchange Square Bus Terminus and take any bus to Stanley Market. The Bus ride is beautiful and takes you through different parts of Hong Kong. You will see Repulse Bay and you may want to get off and take a stroll on the Repulse Bay Beach. Immediately after Repulse bay is Stanley Market.
Do note that you cannot bargain in Stanley Market. The prices are pretty reasonable however do check the quality of the item you are buying. I would recommend you stick to Clothes especially smart winter wear which I saw in several shops, linen jackets, accessories such as bags and purses. I picked out 10 neck ties for HKD 100 and the quality was good as well.
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What to buy: Mens clothes, Womens Clothes, Ties
The historic fishing lanes are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios. Most if not all prices are fixed though.
Open from 9am to 6pm.
What to buy: Souvenirs.
What to pay: Depends how much you buy.
On the Southeastern end of HK Island, is Stanley. You go through Repulse Bay on the way here by taxi. Lots of "richer" folks live up here. There is also a touristy spot where you can hike through some hills, with a view of the southern shores of the island. In midst of this is Stanley Market. You can buy knick knacks, fresh flowers, etc... typical Asia markets. There are also some decent restaurants out this way - with more of a Westerna flavor. Still fresh seafood, so can't go wrong! The oldest building (in form of a temple) is also here in Stanley.
What to buy: Flowers. Clothing.
A reasonably priced casual clothes, bric-a-brac, silk, garments, sportwear for the nearby beach, and Chinese art work.
What to buy: Souvenirs such as casual cloths, bric-a-brac, silk, toys, and Chinese accessories.
What to pay: No big bargains
This was a fun day market and I wouldn't have wanted to miss it . It takes all afternoon to see it all. Its geared to westerners . Some shops bargained others didn'y . You have to feel it out. They have a bit of everything. Nice restaurants ther too.
Closed at 6PM!!
What to buy: I got some great knoockoff purses and a good deal on real name brand sandels.
There are a number of stores selling artwork in Stanley Market. There are some beautiful original paintings and the prices are (relatively) good once you hit about the HK$500 mark. Watch out for "lithographs" though- we asked about one print, was told it was a lithograph, and upon closer inspection it turned out to be a color photocopy. It seemed like there were two types of shops: those selling original works, and those selling "lithos" and factory-produced originals, both inexpensive. If you're looking for the latter, check all the shops before buying as the prices for the same items fluctuated quite a bit. The better original shops would not discount much. I waited while a couple tried to haggle over a beautiful HK$900 original oil portrait. The shopkeep agreed to come down HK$100, and only after the couple pointed out the frame was damaged. I was hoping the they'd walk away and I could scoop it up, but they bought it. The nicest original gallery we found was called "Lok Man Art Gallery" at 48-50 Main Street.
What to buy: Original artwork. If it's expensive make sure it's signed and get a certificate.
What to pay: HK$200 to HK$40000 (Nice original works starting at about HK$500-HK$1000)
As I mentioned earlier Hong kong is a shopping paradise, everything you need you all find it here in the city. You should come with an empty luggage, while it is easy to filled up during your visit in Hong kong.
The best place to shop is the market, there are different markets. Best place for shopping is night market. Street markets are a phenomenon in Hong Kong, usually selling regular groceries, clothes, bags or some cheap electronic knockoffs
Be prepared to haggle hard at the markets, as haggling is an art form (or competitive sport) in Hong Kong, and if you're a Western tourist, you're a goldmine to the stallholders that needs to be mined. Often times, the stall holder will quote 3-5 times the price they are actually prepared to accept.
Sure, the stallholder will probably know the English word for your number, or have a calculator upon which to quote price and haggle, but using Cantonese numbers shows you mean business, and aren't going to be ripped off easily.
If most stallholders understand your pronunciation and one acts like they can't understand, they're attempting to remove your competitive advantage.
What to buy: Many, many stuffs: electronics, handbags, etc.
What to pay: Depends how you haggle