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Planning a Hong Kong Retail Expedition
By Roderick Eime
1 March 2014

Upper Lascar Row – known as Cat Street – is where you can find such treasures, within its fantastic congregation of antique dealers, curio merchants and art galleries. (HKTB)

Central, Admiralty and Western are renowned for brand-name luxury goods, designer labels and mega-malls such as The Landmark and Pacific Place.

Hollywood Road is a magnet for collectors of antiques, arts and unusual knick-knacks.

Lyndhurst Terrace has shops selling ancient maps, prints and paintings, stationery and picture frames.

Western Market in Sheung Wan is filled with Chinese handicraft stores and fabric shops. The area is famous for its small Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs. Cat Street Bazaar is best known for stalls selling pocket-sized antiques, such as watches, old coins and stone carvings.

Man Wa Lane is the place to find Chinese “chops”, stone stamps engraved with the owner’s name in Chinese characters.

Spring Garden Lane is a good place to shop for clothes originally meant for export, meaning the quality and prices are very competitive.

Over in Causeway Bay there are Japanese department stores, shopping centres like Times Square, In Square, The Lee Gardens and Island Beverley, as well as open-air markets selling everything from clothes to costume jewellery. Jardine’s Crescent is great for inexpensive clothing, accessories and domestic goods. Shops specialising in shoes, electrical appliances and fashion for young people are also concentrated around Causeway Bay, and Wan Chai has a number of excellent rattan and Chinese furniture shops along Queen’s Road East.

On the South Side, the beaches of Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay, and the villages of Stanley and Shek O, are among this area’s scenic treasures. Attractions like Stanley Market is popular for Chinese paintings, handicrafts and furniture, silk, curios, clothes and souvenirs.

Head to Kowloon (on the cruise terminal side) for Tsim Sha Tsui, one of Hong Kong’s major entertainment areas, featuring a blaze of neon and shopping along Nathan Road. There’s the Star Ferry, Clock Tower, Hong Kong Space Museum, Science Museum, Museum of History, Museum of Art, and the Cultural Centre.

Don’t miss Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, a lively and fascinating area full of speciality shops and open-air markets.

Much of the Kowloon promontory is a shopper’s dream. There are lots of department stores and shopping centres like Ocean Terminal and Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui as well as the Grand Century Plaza in Mong Kok, and many factory outlets along Granville Road and in the Hung Hom area. Nathan Road’s famous ‘Golden Mile’ is crowded with shoppers day and night.

Temple Street Night Market is the most famous open-air market, a bustling bazaar and bargain-shopper’s heaven as well as being crammed with entertainment, including fortune-tellers, Cantonese opera singers and elderly musicians playing traditional instruments. Ladies’ Market, along Tung Choi Street, is best for bargain-priced clothes and beauty products, while the Jade Market, at the junction of Kansu and Battery Streets and with 450 registered stall-holders, sells amulets, ornaments, necklaces and trinkets made from the revered green stone, claimed to have magical healing properties.

The Hong Kong Tourist Board (www.discoverhongkong.com) have excellent maps, guides and suggestions for all visitors.

(with thanks to Hong Kong expert, Helen Wong, of Helen Wong Tours)

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