Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hong Kong Shopping Malls - Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard

Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard
Location: 111-181 Nathan Road, Kowloon

Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard is located on Nathan Road and beside Kowloon Park. It is about 300 metres long of two-storey buildings which gives a sense of strolling along the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris. At the end of the Avenue is the Kowloon Park where you can find the largest mosque in Hong Kong which is a place worth visiting.

The Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard consists of a wide range of retail outlets covering fashion, shoes, leather ware, sportswear, cameras, mobile phones…and almost anything you want.

Getting There: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station exit A
Opening Hours: through 10pm daily

Nearby Shopping Areas

Ashley Road, Hankow Road, Lock Road, Haiphong Road.
These roads are between Nathan Road and Canton Road, and both of them have many restaurants. Ashley Road has western restaurants and pubs; Hankow Road and Lock Road have Hong Kong and Chinese restaurants; Haiphong Road has local Hong Kong food hawkers.

Granville Road is famous for the outlet and cosmetics shops, ladies cannot miss it.

Hong Kong Travel Blog - Shopping Malls

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hong Kong Shopping Malls - Harbour City

Harbour City
Other than Hong Kong shopping malls, let’s cover Kowloon shopping malls as well. Harbour City does deserve the name. There are many blocks of commercial buildings and hotels lining up along Canton Road in Tsimshatsui all the way towards Jordan.

Connected to Ocean Centre and Ocean Terminal, the shopping mall at Harbour City consists of hundreds of shops and restaurants. You can buy almost anything at reasonable prices. Comparatively, this mall is not as superior as Landmark and IFC, though it is huge in size.

The Royal Pacific Hotel and Marco Polo Hotel are right here.

Here is also the transportation hub for ferries going to China and Macau.

Direction: MTR Tsimshatsui station; from Star Ferry, Canton Road is just next to Star House.

The four buildings to the left shrouded in amber-colored glass comprise China Hong Kong City. The Royal Pacific Hotel is here. The two dark buildings to the right of this are the diamond-shaped Gateway Towers. Harbour City extends to your right along the water. At the waterfront is the ferry terminal for boats up the Pearl River delta into China. Finally, the pier with the white building on it in the right-center of the photo is The Pacific Club. Star Ferry is at the right hand side, just beyond the photo.

Hong Kong Travel Blog - Shopping Malls

Friday, August 14, 2009

Shopping in Hong Kong – By District

Central district has everything. It has the most luxurious shopping malls, department stores and sparkling jewellery shops. However shopping in this area is expensive.

Contrast to luxury shopping, Central district also has the Lee Yuen Streets offering bargaining shopping. You can always get good deals here depending on your bargaining skills. Buy all kinds of Chinese stuffs here.

Central district also has Soho, Hollywood Street and Cat Street offering antique shopping and wonderful cafes and restaurants for a cup of high tea after your shopping tour.

Direction: MTR Central station, walk along Des Voeux Road Central or Queen’s Road Central for jewellery shops, Soho and Lee Yuen Street. Follow instructions to The Landmark and IFC II.

Opening hours: Shops in Central district close around 7pm as it is a commercial area.

Admiralty is just adjacent to Central. Here you’ll find Pacific Place and Admiralty Centre. You can buy electronic products, sports wear and fashion. Pacific Place is of higher class however Admiralty Centre is more economic.

Direction: MTR Admiralty station.
Opening hours: Shops close around 10pm.

Causeway Bay is the number one destination for shopping in Hong Kong, tourists and locals alike. This area is crowded with shopping malls and department stores. Causeway Bay is where you can buy all kinds of everything at unbeatable prices. Make sure your credit card has sufficient limit.

If you enjoy shopping, you might want to book a nearby hotel. At the heart of Causeway Bay shopping area, there are several hotels of various grading, namely Park Lane, Holiday Inn Express, Excelsior and the Regal Hong Kong Hotel.

Direction: MTR Causeway Bay station.
Opening hours: Shops close around 10pm or even later. Street side sellers start to work after shops closed. Good for late night shopping.

Stanley Market at the southern part of Hong Kong Island is also loved by visitors. Actually foreigners like shopping here more than locals. There are hundreds of shops selling Chinese clothing, handcrafts and souvenirs at very attractive prices.

At the other side of the market is ideal for alfresco seaside dining. There are numerous restaurants and pubs offering Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, Indian and French food. Local westerners enjoy sitting at the open area with their puppies. Other than shopping, Stanley is also a place for sight seeing and has plenty of tourist facilities.

Stanley is also a very prestigious residential area. You’ll see beautiful houses and apartments on your way there. You’ll also pass by Hong Kong famous beach Repulse Bay.

Direction: Take bus number 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 at Exchange Square bus terminus in Central. From Causeway Bay, take green minibus number 40 from Tang Lung Street. MTR Causeway Bay station, exit B, cross Hennessy Road and turn right.

Opening hours: Shops close by 6pm. Restaurants open through late evening.
See my Stanley photos

Hong Kong Travel Blog - Shopping by District

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Shopping in Hong Kong - By District

Kowloon Peninsula

Tsimshatsui - the golden mile of Nathan Road is full of shops selling everything. Things here are mid to high class. You have to take extra care while shopping in this area. High percentage of complaints received by The Hong Kong Consumer Counsel is associated with shops in Tsimshatsui. Beware of bait-and-switch tactics. Try to ignore the south Asians approaching you for copy watches.

Carnarvon Road and Mody Road in Tsimshatsui is line up with numerous export retailers. This is an ideal place to shop for low cost clothing and cosmetics. But be prepared to compromise on quality.

Direction: MTR Tsimshatsui station.

Open hours: You can shop in Tsimshatsui almost round the clock. Some restaurants and convenient shops open 24 hours.

Mongkok - Nathan Road in Mongkok area is fully of eye-catching sparkling gold jewellery shops. These shops outperformed any other retail business even during Asian Monetary Crisis. Gold shopping in Hong Kong is world-famous as purity is guaranteed. Gold also has resell value. These shops are usually packed with customers.

If you enjoy bargaining, Fa Yuen Street in Mongkok is where you should go. Locals call this ‘Women Street’ selling economic fashion and accessories. In this area you can experience how cheap things can be. While branded T-shirts in Central costs around HK$2,000, T-shirts here is just HK$20 or even cheaper.

Direction: MTR Mongkok station.
Opening hours: Shops open through late night.

Hong Kong Travel Blog - Shopping