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Hong Kong - a shopper's paradise

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A March 2005 trip to Hong Kong by MichaelJM

Kowloon Park Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Shopping seems to be a local obsession. We decided to follow the local trend & enjoy the shopping experience. Barter everywhere - there are real bargains to be had!

Kowloon Park

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Attraction | "The Malls of Hong Kong"

Kowloon Park Photo, Hong Kong, China
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I’d strongly recommend three shopping malls to you, two in Kowloon and one on Hong Kong Island. All three have a wide variety of retailers in a comfortable, stylish, and air-conditioned environment. The Ocean Centre covers a massive area and is helpfully divided into specialty shopping areas – the only problem is finding the goods you want, but once located, it’s really easy to check out the competition. I’d certainly recommend this mall for photographic equipment, as within a few yards, there are half a dozen camera shops (including Broadway), all reputable and all willing to negotiate prices to beat their competitors. Price up individual items and don’t rush into securing your goods until abso...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Kowloon Park
Nathan Road
Hong Kong

Bird Market

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Attraction | "The Flower and Bird Markets"

Bird Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Our visit to these markets was spoilt a little because of the inclement weather (it rained virtually all day, ranging from "lashing it down" to "a fine mizzle"). However, we were regularly able to hide in shops or walk under covered shop fronts. Both markets are at the northern end of Nathan Road, or if you prefer, take the train to Prince Edward. The flower market was first on our itinerary, and I was absolutely amazed at the number of shops and sheer volume of flowers and houseplants on sale. The colourful displays were immaculately presented, with not a wilting flower or browning leaf in sight. Often, the shop displays spilled onto the pavement, and with the pressing number of pedestrians, w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2005

Bird Market
North of the stadium in Mung Kok
Hong Kong

Street Markets

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Attraction | "Reclamation Street"

Street Markets Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Reclamation Street is a must to visit, but for vegetarians or the slightly squeamish, you may find it a wee-bit traumatic. This is Kowloon’s meat market, and it runs parallel to Temple Street. We resisted popping our heads into the covered market, as there, we’d read, is the approved slaughterhouse for the region. There were numerous open stalls or primitive cafés where you could buy simple noodle or rice dishes - the Chinese equivalent of "fast food". These seemed very popular with the locals, but although they were exceptionally clean, we didn’t really fancy them. There were some fairly strange smells coming from the cooking areas – somewhat off-putting for someone with olfactory intact. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Street Markets

Hong Kong

Stanley Market

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Attraction | "Jade, Ladies, and Stanley"

Stanley Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Ladies Market, on Tung Choi Street in Kowloon, is so-named because of its emphasis on women’s clothing and accessories. Having said that, it is perhaps the best place to go if you’re wanting to buy cheap polo or T-shirts. They can be bought for 25HKD, and they’ve proved to be really good-quality. I’m sure they are not the real McCoy, but I never buy purely "on a label". But for women, this is paradise in the making; there are handbags and glad-rags aplenty, and this is a must haggle environment. At the top of Reclamation Street is Kowloon’s Jade indoor market. It’s open every day between 10am and 4pm, and there are hundreds of stalls in a couple of large hanger-like buildings. I have no kno...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2005

Stanley Market
South Side Hong Kong
Hong Kong
852 2807 6543

Temple Street Night Market

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Attraction

Temple Street Night Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Temple Street market, once called the men’s market, emerges, as if by magic, from the busy daytime streets. The street is closed to traffic, stalls rapidly assembled, and then the streets filled with traders and potential customers. At the end of the trading period, the stalls disappear into the darkness, and the street is cleaned of all debris, ready for the resurgence of the Hong Kong traffic. It’s all done without fuss – logistics to perfection! The first time we came to this Market it was gone 11pm, and the place was heaving with customers. We joined this bustling throng in search of a bargain. And there was plenty to choose from, as this is market covers a large area. It’s basically a linea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543 (HK T