"Confession of a Shopaholic..." Hong Kong by planetparty

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“YOU buy now…show me your wallet.” This was the common refrain ringing in visitors’ ears for years. No longer. Hong Kong shopkeepers these days sport smiles that would shock an average Singaporean. This may be due to SARS, or a plunging economy, but there’s no denying that the shopping experience is getting better and more varied. Yes, pottering about Tsim Sha Tsui’s fabled “Golden Mile” along Nathan Road, can still be fraught with peril – chiefly bait-and-switch, where the shopper puts money down for one model and is handed another.
Broadly, however, things are on the up and bargains can be had in this most extravagant of cities – if you know where to look (the Hongkong dollar is pegged at US$1 = HK$7.8). Causeway Bay is eternally popular with local shoppers and tourists. From department stores, to small boutiques and bargain stalls, everything can be found here in a tight cluster. Of course, it will still take you a whole day to walk through this shopping carnival
The upwardly mobile will rush to Central where, along with tossing their husband’s lifetime pensions into a shopping black hole, they can see and be seen. The mother lode of top-drawer brands in Hongkong is the trio of Landmark, Prince’s Building and Chater House .where you can have your unhurried fill of Armani, Prada, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Max & Co, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Celine, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, Gucci, Versace and so on.
Facing Landmark, across Pedder Street is the graciously ageing Pedder Building which stocks an array of clothing outlets and niche boutiques. Occupying the ground floor and basement, Shanghai Tang .Tsimshatsui is well known for brand shopping, especially around the vicinity of five-star hotels like The Peninsula, Langham (formerly Great Eagle) and the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
Is everything expensive in Tsimshatsui? Far from it. Avoid the rip-off electrical and camera outlets of Nathan Road and walk on to Granville Road. If you’re coming here by underground train (MTR), take the B2 exit at Cameron Road. Granville Road is where you’ll find a huge assortment of garments that won’t hurt your wallet. Blouses .There is more than a bit of the Wild West in Mongkok but this is the place for rock-bottom deals on anything from fashion to mobile phones and electrical appliances.
Nathan Road is the primary district in Kowloon for modern shopping and restaurants. This street definitely can induce sensory overload. Nathan Road and Kowloon is famous for hundreds of shops. Jewerly, cameras, CDs, design cloths etc.
Prices are higher than e.g. Thailand, but some lower than Europe. You will find much better bargain some shopping centre and department store out of city centre. The main shopping street in Tsim Sha Tsui
-Locals and tourists alike love this market and it goes from sundown until about 11pm. No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a visit to this market. You can even eat dinner here where many vendors set up to serve seafood, fresh juices and satay sticks.
You can find everything from jade and umbrellas to flash lights and adult toys.
All prices are open for negotiation so never pay the asking price
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 $$$$$$ !!!!
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..hahaAs soon as I got to Stanley Market I ran up nad down the aisles like a mad man 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.

nighlife my style

Indian food has always been immensely popular in Hongkong, and a couple of recently opened places around Hollywood Road have been attracting a fashionable crowd. Indian gourmets rave about the “Chicken Makhani” at Bombay Dreams
Fine spicy food is not the only Indian contribution to life in Hongkong. Indian tailors here offer Saville Row quality at a fraction of those prices
Hongkong is well known for both shopping and nightlife, and you can easily combine the two by going to one of the justifiably famous night markets. Shoppers can be found hunting for all manner of things in Jardine's Bazaar in Causeway Bay, from fresh fruit and vegetables to rice wine, soya sauce and 1,000-year-old eggs, as well as garments and leather goods. To see the most famous night market of them all however take the MTR to Jordan station in Kowloon any time after around 7pm and take a stroll along Temple Street. Here you can buy cheap garish clothes, copy watches, handbags or CDs, get your fortune told, stave off the pangs of hunger with a bowl of noodles – which will cost you next to nothing – and soak up the atmosphere to the wailing strains of Cantonese opera – perhaps best described as an acquired taste.Those looking for the "World of Susie Wong" in Wanchai will find it long gone, and the remaining girlie bars depressing and expensive. Club BBoss in Tsimshatsui .however will give you a glimpse of the naughtier side of Hongkong nightlife at a price which – unless you buy too many hostess drinks – won't break the bank. The club occupies 70,000 square feet of space and you will be driven to your table by a replica of a vintage Rolls Royce. Once there you can take in the cabaret, which consists of pretty girls wearing not a great deal, and chat to the hostesses – ditto. Watch the tab, and remember that prices vary throughout opening hours. Hostess time will cost you HK$450 (US$57) for two hours from 1pm to 4.30pm, rising to HK$700 from 5pm to 9pm, and then HK$1,176 from 9pm to 1am. A minimum drink and snack charge of HK$460 per head applies until 9pm, after which it's HK$520. Let the buyer beware.
Most Hongkong nightlife is less disreputable, but still fun. The town has an abundance of fashionable bars and clubs of which the newest is NU sophisticated lounge and dance bar on Elgin Street with live acid jazz on Mondays and Tuesdays and Djs serving up funk, soul, R&B, house and hip hop into the small hours. Signature cocktails include the delicious Raspberry Mule – vodka, fresh raspberries, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. Funky music and creative cocktails are also the order of the day at Drop on Hollywood Road Unattached gentlemen and thirsty ladies head for Manhattan Club Ing at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
A more hedonistic way to explore Hongkong's waters – for those who really feel like splashing out – is to charter a yacht for a little offshore gourmet dininga stylish French fine dining restaurant in Happy Valley, has its own yacht, and for HK$8,800 (US$1,128) for a gourmet lunch or HK$9,800 for dinner with a HK$2,000 extra charge for weekends or public holidays, it can be hired for a four-hour catered cruise for up to six people. Menus are devised by Angus Cheng who has worked as a guest chef at two three Michelin starred restaurants in France – Georges Blanc and Troisgros – and the food tastes particularly fine on the water

Tsim Sha Tsui- the place to be

An entire street devoted to all the craps in the world, especially fake stuff. Fake Gucci, fake Prada, fake LV, fake Rolex, fake Tag Heuer....you get the "fake" picture. Unlike Ladies Street flea market though, there is a real food section here. Walk past the stalls selling souvenirs and fake couture, and you bump right into a labyrinth of street stalls and restaurants offering a universe of delicious local food. Look out or seek out the stalls selling Smelly Tofu (you can smell it from a distance) - a local delicacy - "Chinese Blue Cheese", sort of - smells like sewer, taste like ... go try it...lol
Best places to shop for funky clothings: 1. Tsim Sha Tsui - Rise Shopping Arcade, Granville Road - Beverley Centre, Chatham Road 2. Causeway Bay - Island Beverly Center 3. Mongkok - Fa Yuen Street

- NIGHT MARKET... DNT MISS IT WHILE IN HONGKONG OTHERWISE UR TRIP IS A WASTE. KNOCK OFF OF EVERY BRAND BE IR PRADA, LOUIS VUITTON OR ARMANI..U NAME IT AND ITS THERE... ITS LIKE A MECCCA FOR PPL WHO CANT AFFORD THE REAL THING...I DNT THINK I WOULD PERSONALLY CARRY ANY KNOCKOFF'S BUT IT MAKES A GREAT GIVE AWAY GIFT..

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:great city...lot's of shoping , a heaven 4 shoppers, great night life,
  • Cons:people dnt speak much english ,sum shops have ' have $$$ will talk ' attitude so do carry ur $$...
  • In a nutshell:city is buzzzn...very high energy
  • Last visit to Hong Kong: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 18, 2005
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