Shopping, Hong Kong
As most travellers to Asian destinations are aware, the touting on the streets is a very common thing. I think we just need to accept that that is their way of life and how they make a living. I know it can get very annoying to not walk 5 metres without being asked if you want a copy watch, handbag, suit or dvd's, but that is something that does not bother me any more.
What I found in Hong Kong that they are nowhere near as full-on and annoying as shop owners are in other countries. Not even in the main markets, like the Ladies Market and Temple Street night market, most stall owners there were very pleasant and not annoying at all.
HOWEVER .... the one place that became very overwhelming for annoying touters was in and around Nathan Road, and the main offenders were Indians. They were just so "in your face" that you really wanted to tell them where to go .... and not in a nice way!! They were more evident at the harbour end of Nathan Road, which is where we stayed for the first 10 days of our trip, so we encountered them many many times on a daily basis.
Fun Alternatives: Just try to ignore them, I know that may sound somewhat rude, but they will eventually get the hint. It seemed that saying no or shaking our head was not enough to deter them from continually asking us for fake this and copy that!
During my Trip to hong Kong On the Chinese New year Time, I have been to Many Interesting Places and Shopping Malls. While we Was Shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui On the 19.02.2006 at "The Hilton Plaza". As We Walking along in the Plaza, we went Pass a Jewellery Trading Store Named the "Kitty Trading Co.". As I was Checking out the necklaces etc, A Old Saleswomen(Late 50's maybe) appear From No Where? and start Draging me into the Store, so me and My Friends went in and Sat down at the counter. The Old Saleswomen Start to introduce herself, She claims her name is Kitty the Owner of the Store.
After she Introducing herself she start to Convince us to buy the Jewellerys she bought out of the Counter. She Claims All her Jewewllerys areTrade-in(Used) and is has been Renew at the Factory. To Me All Those Jewellerys She Selling is nothing But Scrap, Because all the Jewellery in the Whole Store is very Dull and dirty. After 15mins of Convince, At the End I Told the old saleswomen, We Are No Interest to Buy and about to leave the store. The Salewomen said: STOP! Where are you going? I Reply: We're Leaving to continues Our Shopping. She Reply: After 15minutes Of ****** Bull***, you not Buying anything From Me? Me and My Friends were Shocked for what she Just Said to Us and we leave the Store. And Took an Photo of me outside This Jewellery Trading Store. Tourists Tips! If you not going to Buy at these Trading Store, avoid going into it, otherwise you will get nothing But Insult.
The Shop Located in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hilton Plaza at the End of Nathan Road, cross the Road of the New SOGO Shopping Mall and Tsim Tung KCR Train station enterance.
Be careful when buying herbs/ spices. Shop owners sometimes introduces a certain root. The price quoted in in 'ounce'!! If u do buy these things there, insist on NOT cutting the herbs. Then you can change your mind if you find the price ridiculous. (If it's cut, they will insist that you take it, at a very high price). It helps to bring a local friend along.
it's quite safe when travelling in hong kong! but there's something a tourist must beware of !! first of all, when shopping in the street market,remember to bargain with the hawker, because they always set a high price! secondly, be careful when shopping in some shops which are selling hi-tech products like dvd or camera in mongkok or tsim sha tsui !! bcz the shop keeper always set a high price or sell some pirated goods !! so, remember to check the price with different shop and choose the shop which sell the goods with a lower price !thirdly, beware of the pick-pocket when travelling in mongkok and sham shui po !!
HONG KONG MARKETS
Almost everyone will find bargains galore in this lively open-air bazaar. It's open at 2pm and it is busiest from 7pm to 9pm. Its stallholders specialise in inexpensive men's clothing, novelty items, luggage and watches, and other inexpensive merchandise. Fortune-tellers and palm readers, and sometimes Chinese opera singers, make the market a fascinating street theatre.
Mong Kok lies a few blocks to the north. Although parts of the district have been modernized -- it is the site of one of Hong Kong's ambitious redevelopment master plans -- it remains a cheerfully crowded community and a hive of shopping activity.
This daytime equivalent to the Temple Street Night Market is on Tung Choi Street. Open daily from noon to 10:30pm.
With about 70 bird stalls showcasing a variety of melodious songbirds, this garden, with its courtyards and moongates, is a delight. Songbirds remain a favourite pet of some local men, and the garden is testimony to the excessive pampering they receive. Free; open from about 7am - 8pm.
On Tung Choi Street south of Prince Edward Road West, this market is where fish fanciers hook good deals on everything from intricate underwater furniture to fluorescent fish. Most shops open from 10am - 6pm.
Located on Flower Market Road near Prince Edward Road West, colourful blooms from all over the world are sold both wholesale and retail. Open from 7am - 7pm.
Stanley. Ok, it is beautiful, there are a lot of things to buy, and prices aren't ridiculous. But this would definitely stand out as the one place that is trumpetted by all the tourist brochures that to me doesn't really justify the hype. The market there is very touristy, vendors selling souvenirs that appeal to westerners. Perhaps that's what bothers me the most - the items sold there tend to more be the stereotype-perpetuating sort.
It is rather out of the way as well, but the ride to the southern part of the Island is a scenic one. And if you're checking out Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay, then this is a logical destination as well. In other words, if you do go, it's not a loss. Nice scenary, quiet spots, good transit connections. If you're pressed for time though, and are thinking of going there because it was recommended in the guidebook, then don't. Stop at Repulse Bay instead and save yourself a little bit of time.
a caveat, all city tours of hong kong whether via big tour group or small ones or personalizd ones have this jewellery factory tour included in the package, and the jewelry factories are located in Hong Kong Island or at at the Hung Hom Area of Kowloon, at the Site of the Old Kai Tak International Airport. They will have a tour around the factories and lecture you about various gemstones and precious and semi precious stones and then let you at the main gallery where you are enticed to buy jewelry products.
Unique Suggestions: just look around the factory and don't buy any item unless you are really interested to buy
Fun Alternatives: don't buy if you are not into jewels
Stanley market is a trap, but go to at least look around. And go there by double decker bus #6 or 6A. Most of the stuff is junklie and not particulary cheap. Most of this can be bought in any US Chinatown.
You should be carefull when going out shopping for expensive items at the markets in Mong Kok and Kowloon. Particularly on electronics, as you will find that by paying slightly more in Central will also give you assurance that you got what you paid for.
Stanley Market over on Hong Kong Island. Everything is overpriced here. Gee...I wonder why? The tourists are dumped here by the busloads. If you are looking for good buys and fairly decent merchandise, try the Ladies Market in Mong Kok.
At night markets such as Ladies' Market and Temple Street Market, even though you might be thinking that you are getting a good price for the stuff you want, you are NOT, BARGAIN, go at LEAST one third of the price that they give you! Unless it really is miniscule like 10 HK dollars....we once bargained down an item from 400HK to 50HK!! So be warned!
Shopping in Hong Kong is at your own risk - never take anything for granted (including the box you're given by the storekeeper actually containing what you bought!). Always doublecheck everything. Shopping at places that display this sign in theory gives you a bit more of a secure feeling.
Watch the guys who try to sell you stuff on the streets. I'm sure they prey on tourists to sell them 'cheap' electrial goods and similar things... More often than not, they're not any cheaper than anyone else...they are just trying to make a quick sale.
A good way to not have to worry about them is to not make eye contact and not say hello...as soon as you acknowledge them they think they'll sell you something. If you must say something, then just say "no thanks".
I know Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the famous tourist spots.
I've been living here my whole life. I don't recommend
tourists buying electronic goods in that area. They can
be cheating tourists even though they got the HKTA logo
at their shops. And their prices are generally higher.
They just can have different ways to cheat tourists. \
I'm sure the HKTA booklet has pointed out those
blacklisted shops. I recommend those chain stores
like Broadway and Fortress. Prices are more fair.
Or if you want more cheaper prices, try going to the
stores in Mong Kok. Many of them are selling parallel
goods. But watch out the communication problem, most
of the salesmen there don't speak English well.
When buying copy purses, insist on the vendors "best" check inside to make sure the finish is of good quality. Check all the zippers to see if they work. Talk them down to at least 1/2 of what they are asking.