It took me forever to write about our shopping experience the last time we were in Hongkong because when I left for MLA last March, the site was still in its beta stages and I was still getting around to doing more tweaking and layout adjustments so I hope you will all like the theme. The first week of March took me and my friends to Hongkong SAR for three days and the itinerary was basically to just relax and shop.
I’m not really an expert in the entire Hongkong shopping experience because it is not like I am there often (I wish!) but Hongkong is small, surprisingly. You can try going to Ladies’ Night Market (Tung Choi Street) in Mongkok, Kowloon. Take the MTR for Mongkok Station Exit E2. Li Yuen Street East and West, Central, Hong Kong.
Xenia, Tihn, Michelle, Jo and Jay standing at high-end replicas. Sigh. Sad.
The streets are practically closed – almost all 4 blocks of it just to accommodate shoppers
Causeway Bay is eternally popular with tourists. From department stores, to small boutiques and bargain stalls, everything can be found here in super tight clusters. It will still take you at least one whole day to walk through this shopping carnival.
The best thing I love about Hongkong is that all the major cosmetic brands are present and their department stores pay tribute to beauty and makeup by extending over 50,000 square feet full of cosmetics brand at Lane’s Crawford Gateway Mall! The place is super well lit, selection is eternal, sales ladies are very accommodating (and would even give you makeup tips except from that girl at BeneFit – so masungit), scan your skin tone yet can’t understand English. Oh, well.
Jardine’s Crescent is great for inexpensive clothing and accessories – and all at great value. To get there, take Exit F from Causeway Bay MTR Station. In Central District, Hong Kong, the entire street houses many shimmering skyscrapers and marbled shopping atriums and malls. The Landmark, The Galleria, Prince’s Building, Alexandra House and the IFC mall are the main shopping centres, with designer shops and exclusive brand names splayed over for the shopaholics to ogle. I tell you, frugality calls in sick most of the time.
The roads of Kowloon streets at night (above) and during the day (below) – I took this shot so early in the morning where buses and cabs won’t run into you anytime.
Canton Road, opposite Harbour City, is the perfect place to browse for designer wear and snag superb pieces from local and international designers. This road is mostly the part where I took most photos of.
Outside the Peninsula Hotel, Canton Road
Their subways have walkalators. And they are clean!
Xenia and Iggy at Canton Road
Langham Place – going to Modern Toilet Restaurant
One building entirely for Burberry
Emma Watson – the poster girl for Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2010 Campaign
Nathan Road’s famous “Golden Mile” bustles with shoppers day and night. It’s the Asian version of Times Square! Nathan Road is also renowned for its dazzling array of brightly lit, neon-decorated shops, hotels, restaurants and nightspots. I still want to go to the Edwardian Western Market but, unfortunately, we missed that trip.
The Mira Hotel and Mira Mall along Kimberley Road Hongkong
Parklane Strip, Nathan Road
They were all 70% less with their high end apparel – only that they are selling 3 layers of clothing and boots. Philippines is NOT that cold to be investing in all that winter fashion.
Their BeSpoke tailors all over the place
Ah, SaSa is something else. If Hongkong has SASA, the Philippines has Watsons but only high-end.:)
Inside H&M – Sonia Rykiel Collection for Spring 2010
Iggy was patiently waiting outside. H&M has three floors, good heavies.
Trying to get a glimpse of Chanel’s 2010 Spring Collection. Michelle had to endure this queue.
I don’t think they even experienced any recession at all if they had to fall in line like this. Yes, M, that goes to you, love!
Oh, mama. GUCCI Boulevard!
One of the things I love about Hongkong is their advocacy on being enviroment-friendly. Some shops would let you pay for their plastic or paper bags at HKD$0.50 or P3.00 a piece which I find very reasonable because if you purchase two makeup products, would you really need a paper bag? Unless you are like me and Tihn who knew that it would be best to hoard (hahaha!) then buy the plastic bag and give to charity at the same time. SM City Cebu is joining the bandwagon with their Go Green Wednesdays (no plastic bag day) so perhaps we all should learn a thing or two from them, yes? Forgive me for this overly extensive post but to sum it all up, when you are shopping in Hongkong, a. compare prices, b. see if they have the NO FAKES sign, and lastly, c. Haggling is okay. Say, “This is the same price in my country,” and they’d concede.
Leaving you with this last photo of myself (finally) that my bestfriend Warren took. No, it is not the black market in Hongkong. We were shopping for camera lenses at Kimberley Road. There is definitely at least a 2,000 peso price difference here in Cebu but that is going to be another story. Till next! Toodles!