Shopping in Hong-Kong is a must do activity in Hong-kong and I really enjoyed every bit of shopping street here. Head over to Mongkok ladies market or Temple street and Just name what you want, its available on the streets. A complete paradise for fake goods. Original Gucci to the fake Prada, all available in one street and later makes you wonder which one is actually a original one.
I stayed close to Times Square which is on west of Causeway bay hence, I started my shopping journey from here.
Inside Time Square
I started my shopping expedition from Times Square. All I did was just a window shopping till the end of Windsor Plaza at Great George Street in the east of Causeway Bay.
List of shopping malls around here:
Hang Lung Centre, Fashion Island, Island Beverly Center, World Trade Center, Jumbo Sogo, Causeway Bay Plaza, Mitsukoshi Shopping Mall, and Lee Gardens are few of the shopping malls around Casueway Bay.
Jardine’s Crescent is a popular open market where you can find trendy cloths and fashion accessories.
Later decided to venture out True Street shopping where I can practice my bargaining skills and headed towards ladies market.
MongKok Ladies market
I took a taxi to Mongkok Ladies market and its a busiest place on planet. Jam-packed street, closely situated shops, crowded street side stalls makes you get lost in that part of the world.
I wasn’t too happy shopping there; I couldn’t find anything interesting.May be I was there on wrong time where stalls went out of stocks, But did some bargaining here and there, picked up few things which are not worth mentioning but had a good experience in bargaining.
Same day evening I went to Temple street which is famous for its night market. You can find inexpensive Chinese watches, souvenirs, to gift near ones in back home, cheap electronics,fashion accessories, kids and women clothing.
I actually enjoyed the night market and had fun while bargaining with vendors. They called me a shrewd shopper in their broken English. I picked up some cheap Chinese handicrafts and fashion accessories here.
This street’s another attraction is fortune tellers and few can actually speak English and you can have some fun time listening to your future predictions, Only advice is, take this as a fun activity.
You can also find sex toy shops here. I actually peeped inside a shop out of curiosity (I was just curious as I have never been to adult shops) Traveling alone is such a fun.
I visited Stanley market next day but I speak about it in my next post as I have lots to speak about it.
Bargaining lesson from a wanderer
Go to any street market in Hong Kong, Once you show a interest on particular item, vendor takes out his/her calculator, gives a serious business look by showing some figure on calculator screen. Dont get panicked and run away at this point. Vendors always quote high price, then you have to reduce it to at least 50-70% of the quoted price. Vendors say No after you give your price, just start walking they will start calling you back with your price or something on neutral price.