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You can't help but notice that although there are many upscale boutique stores along the street, the apartment buildings looming above look like slums. The housing projects in New York City look much classier, at least on the outside. These residential buildings aren't upscale, but are probably homes for middle- income families. Scaffolding that supports all these buildings (hopefully getting facelifts) is made of bamboo, which makes you think twice when walking underneath the long stretches of construction.
Nathan Road has tons of photography and electronics stores up and down the street, but you'll find that the prices are surprisingly more expensive than back home in the United States. A better shopping choice may be to stop in China Arts and Crafts, which sells Chinese made goods at somewhat Western prices. But you can find some unique souvenirs to bring home for under $10 each. If you are heading into mainland China later in your trip, though, save your money and purchase the goods in small towns where the real bargains are to be had.
From journal China: Hong Kong - Kowloon