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Shopping trips – Part 2: Hong Kong, what to buy and where to go
The abundance of low-cost flights and a strong Singapore dollar makes jetting off from the Little Red Dot very attractive these days.
A survey by Visa found that “affluent holiday-goers here go abroad about three times a year on average”, the same as well heeled travellers from China, making visitors from Singapore some of the most frequent travellers in The Asia Pacific region”*
In the next few posts, Budget Direct Insurance is going to take you on a bargain hunt around Asia, finding some of the coolest places to shop. Today, we discover the best of Hong Kong.
Apliu Street market and adjacent shops is a mecca for vintage and new electronic equipment, audio equipment and communication products. It’s cheaper than the Tsim Sha Tsui area as it is further out on the MRT. For those into anything from 35mm point-and-shooters to well-preserved rangefinders, you will love rummaging round here!
Get there Sham Shui Po MTR station. Open noon to midnight (Kowloon side).
Specialising in women’s clothes, handbags and Korean hair accessories, you might decide to leave your husband or boyfriend in the hotel when you visit Jardine's Crescent. With food and flower stalls, this market is a lot less hassle than the Ladies Market; it is also tucked between designer malls so you can kill two birds with one stone! Don’t forget to haggle.
Get there Causeway Bay MTR - Exit -F. Open 11am to 9.30pm (HK island side).
Hollywood Road is the place to go for Chinese-style furniture, scroll paintings/calligraphy, porcelain, antique electric fans, phonographs, watches, pens, and lighters. Plus gold, silver, jewellery, and lacquer works from Asian countries. The street got its name from the holly lining the street in the past and was part of old Hong Kong town.
“There is no better place in the world to find top quality Chinese antiques, from Ming vases to the jade pieces Hong Kong has become famous for.” Rory Boland, Hong Kong/Macau Travel Expert*
Get there Hollywood Road is in Shuang Wan (Sheung Wan Station MTR) on HK island side. Nearby is Lascar Road antique street market. Generally considered lower quality than the goods on Hollywood Road, but a great place for poking around and trying to spot a collector's item.
4. Dressing up
Even if a dressing up outfit is not on your list, Pottinger Street, Central is a fascinating area to wander round. Check out the stalls on either side of the uneven granite steps (now a rarity in HK) selling wigs, feather boas, animal masks and any number of character costumes you’ve always wanted! Also known as the Stone Slabs Street by the locals, it was named after the first Governor of Hong Kong, Henry Pottinger.
Get there Walk from Central MRT exit C. Open 11am (HK island side).
Check out our next post when we hang out in Beijing!
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