Shopping, Hong Kong
Here is some information about how to go to Shenzhen. I personally dont think it is worth it for shopping alone as I found the prices to be only slightly less but often more than in Hong Kong.
Take the East Rail Line from Hung Hom to Lo Wu station (the last stop before the border).
The trip will take around 35 minutes. After you get off the train, you will go through immigration to exit Hong Kong then cross a pedestrian bridge to Shenzen. After the bridge but before reaching the Shenzen immigration queues and opposite the Duty Free you will see a sign that says Visas. Go up the stairs and get your visa. You will take a ticket, hand over your passport and then wait about 10 minutes, after which the passport is returned to you and you can then join the immigration queue.
Shopping in Hong Kong is the number one recreational activity so retailers entice shoppers with seasonal sales. There are two big sales. The first for the year is normally in full swing in January and continues into the lead up to Chinese New Year. Stores in Hong Kong mega malls slash prices in competition with each other so its a frantic but fun time to find bargains.
The summer sales normally in full swing throughout July and August and are combined with a summer festival. I did notice on my recent visit in June that most stores already had items on sale. This is a sticky hot time of year but you can get out of the heat at one of the dozens of air conditioned shopping malls. Expect to see discounts of between 50% and 80%!
You can get out of the humidity and save money at the same time.
This was the opportunity to shop as perpectually, all stores in the shopping mall are offering discounts. You can pick from Adidas, Esprit, Coach and even Calvin Kleins.
I chose to step into Puma as I managed to aptly buy three items - a bag for my daughter, a shoe for my son, and a top for myself.
You are better off taking the airport bus that will put you right off on the road....A21 35HKD no problem there is a information booth where the buses are....give them the address and they will tell you where to get off and if there is a bus that takes you closer, but the A21 bus goes right down Nathan road and right to the area.
Once infamous for pirated software but today considered one of the cheapest places in Hong Kong (if not the world) to get (or buy parts to build) a personal computer, the Golden Shopping Centre is a prominent IT shopping center. Golden Shopping Center Shops has extensive lines computer products from components like motherboards, RAM, and CPUs, complete systems, to various peripherals. Unlike purely consumer-oriented IT shopping centers, Golden features several stores specializing in professional and esoteric network equipment.
The Golden Shopping Centre is also known for the number of video game stores it contains, where people purchase gaming systems, software and accessories at either a slightly discounted price, or in special in-store packages which might include an extra game or extra accessories. Since the halls are extremely narrow, it is often very congested, especially on weekends. The mall has two floors. The upper floor, Golden Computer Centre (Chinese: ¸ßµÇëŠÄXÖÐÐÄ), mainly sells games and gaming software, while the lower floor, Golden Computer Arcade (Chinese: üS½ðëŠÄXÉÌˆö), focuses on the sales of computer-oriented hardware. They were originally fashion markets named "Golden Shopping Centre" and "Golden Shopping Arcade" respectively.
It was the first computer market in Hong Kong and today "Golden" (¸ßµÇ/üS½ð) is synonymous to "computer market" in the minds of Hong Kong people even though many other similar computer arcades have been established today.
The street market in Sham Shui Po is a hotspot for both locals and tourists.
For those who are looking for electronics and accessories, the Apliu Street market is well known in Hong Kong. The vendors in this open-air street market sells a wide variety of products at reasonable prices, allowing individuals to trade second hand goods here. The sheer variety of things available at the market is astounding - different shops sell industrial electronics, analog and digital radio communications equipment, disco effects equipment, crockery, 1940s-era radios, LPs, torches, and audiophile hi-fi amplifiers in various stages of repair. The Hong Kong government promotes Apliu Street as Hong Kong's answer to Akihabara (in Japan).
The annual Hong Kong computer fair held in the streets of Sham Shui Po attracts a large crowd.
The market on Ki Lung Street is also famous for its fresh food and cheap prices. In the early 1990s, the Hong Kong government rebuilt the market and also added air conditioning.
There are numerous fashionwear wholesalers along Cheung Sha Wan Road. On weekends, some shops allow retail purchases, offering quality clothes at very affordable prices.
Nam Cheong Street and Ki Lung Street are most famous for their fabric stores, containing cloth, sash, ribbons and buttons
Have a great time in Hong Kong and happy shopping
cheers tommy x
Hong Kong is famous for many things like Jade, Silk, Embroidered Items, fake brand names and many more.
Karen and I spent a morning at Fashion Street and actually found garments in our sizes!
We were spoilt for choice at the Ladies Market and bought good quality, but cheaply priced watches, jewelry, hand bags and much more.
Shop, shop, shop and shop. There's a lots of places where you actually can cheap stuffs and quality are OK. Shopping on the streets are slightly different that you shop in the shopping complex. Shopping on the streets allow you to bargain if you feel that the price is a little bit high.
Make sure that you bring along your recycle back along whenever you heading out for shopping. The will charge extra cost if you need a plastic bag. Go Green!!!
Pacific Place is one of Asia's most successful developments. This prominent landmark comprises a major shopping centre, office space, serviced suites, three hotels and car parking. JW Marriott, Conrad International and Island Shangri-La hotels are located within the vicinity. Connecting directly to the MTR's Admiralty Station, The Mall at Pacific Place is Hong Kong Island's premier shopping centre, with over 700,000 square feet of space, comprising over 160 retail and catering outlets, three department stores and a four-screen cinema. The twin office towers - One and Two Pacific Place - provide 1.5 million square feet of space. The development of Three Pacific Place, connected with both the original complex and the MTR and scheduled for completion in 2004, will further enhance this highly successful development.
We felt out of place in this classy establishment dressed only in jeans and shirts while all those around us are well-heeled & clad in classy black suits. The food court was brimming with people and we didn't able to get seats for us. So off we go to a McDonalds outside. I was impressed with the lobby with it's baby grand piano producing a sweet sound. It's like getting into a first class hotel entrance. Everything is so clean, glossy and wide-spaced like straight out from a magazine. Really very impressive. One of the best mall I've been.
One of the busiest shopping streets in Tsim Sha Tsui part of the 'Canton' road, runs parallel to Nathan road, with mostly high end outlets and that-kind-of-stuff at its southern tip. All lit up with commercials, nicer to see it from above than being next to glassy displays of 'fortune' unless your wallet is deep and you're actually going to spend something. The road is in fact few kilometers long, but probably you'll only walk sections of it.
The view is from the bridge connecting the Koloon park with the piers (to Macau, China, etc...).
Bringing along the family means that we need to cater to the needs of the kids. So when I'm overseas, I get quite excited when I get to buy stuff from the supermarket.
1. Products on sale in the supermarket differs from our home country's food item.
2. Because we can do with some instant noodles for either breakfast or supper.
Tung Chung was once just a empty piece of land. I remember heading towards this particular MTR en route to Tai O. That was in 1998.
Circa 2009 - Things are really bustling now. It was no longer the quaint lil place as what I once knew with only a couple of shops lining the train station. CityGate outlet is said to be THE discount hub among all the shopping malls and there's all five level worth of shops.
Saw some pretty good buys at Adidas but I was pretty occupied with the carrying of my girl who was fast asleep. One day, one day I'll be back to shop!
This is a great place to buy electronics and computer related stuff. It is a two level building, with the bottom floor mostly selling software, discs, computer peripherals, and the like. The top floor has many stalls selling computers, computer hardware, video game systems, and video games. The prices are pretty good, and going there is much better then going to most places in Mong Kok or TST. Beware that some of the stalls below sell pirated PC games for around 30 HKD, or pirated software. Also, make sure that the items are genuine, they are more likely then not, but it is hard to spot the fakes. Since there are many stalls, just go to another if you suspect it's fake.
The first thing i need to do is SHOPPING of course! I spent most time in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Mainland girls are addited to buy cosmetics in HK. I am one of them. The price is much cheaper and also becz of the rate, it is very competitive.
Well of course my trip won't be complete without shopping. I went to Mongkok district to find some stuff to bring back home.
I found numerous shops selling miniature perfumes for men and women. I was not sure if those were genuine, but the perfume smelled like the original. It costs around HK$29-39.
There were also beauty bars, electronic shops.
Bargain at the Flea market there.
For many years Hong Kong has been known as shoppers paradise and there seems to be more shops per thousand people than anywhere else in the world - as a result its VERY competitive and perhaps intimidating for some.
Most shops - and particularly the smaller ones - will engage in age-old bargaining and there are no rules, so buyer beware. If you do not bargain the shop keeper/salesperson will take you for almost every cent they can.
If you haven't bargained for goods before, then here are a few ideas:
1. Offer one third and see what happens - a third to half off should be correct price.
2. If salesperson refuses to go any further down then you have reached rock bottom price - either buy at last price, or as a last resort walk out of the shop. If salesperson does not follow you out the door then all you've lost is time spent on negotiations.
3. Have an idea of cost of items at home or even duty free, item may be cheaper at home.
4. Watch out for fakes. Most known brands are copied and sold to the unsuspecting.
5. International guarantees may not be worth the paper they're printed on.
6. Avoid paying for items by credit card - the account will come back and haunt you.
Have fun, but don't spend too much.
I went to the Arch Angel store with my brother with the intention of purchasing a Han Dynasty dagger I had seen earlier. I ended up leaving with a Sung Dynasty jar given to a man, most likely for his birthday with a text wishing for "100 Sons and 100 Grandsons". My brother left with a Han Dynasty jar.
The store is three floors full of ceramics, furniture, Ming dynasty figurines, terra-cotta animals, boxes, and collectible antiques that could easily be in a museum. The store owner, Bonnie Gruut is very helpful and knowledgeable about everything in her store.
Every item in the store comes with a detailed list of authenticity of the item you buy.
Open from 9:30am-6pm