Shop till you drop in Hong Kong

September 21, 2004

Shop till you drop in Hong Kong

If you are a serious shopper, you know: the type gets an adrenalin kick once she sees the latest season fashion in the mags, can?t wait to have that ?must have? piece for the upcoming season, scours overseas websites for shots of the latest designer handbags, sunnies and shoes and yet is not afraid to wear to a good copy accessory ? but it must be a good one!

If that sounds like your addiction then Hong Kong is heaven on earth for you! Merely a nine hour plane trip away the Asian capital of Hong Kong is waiting for you to get your fix. We had the luxury of a 4 day shopping extravaganza recently and let me tell you even a season professional shopper like me was left wanting more. The range of goods from designer stores like Tiffany?s, Gucci, Louis Vuitton cater for those with a taste for the real thing but the markets, shopping malls and local retail street front shops all cater for a mirage of tastes. My traveling companion (luckily for me) had been to HK before on a shopping expedition so I was in very good hands which prevented me wasting valuable retail therapy time.

Hong Kong Central Shopping
Our first stop was the local HK shops in central, with Shanghai Tang being one of the highlights. If you are in the market for a traditional dress or cheongsam as they are officially known as, great for a formal event where you want to stand out or make a statement. Then it was on to one of the many shopping centres with Harbour City our destination of choice with over 700 shops in four areas to choose from. If you covert a piece from Spanish designer store Zara then this is the place to head for, in Harbour City you will find a massive Zara store with all the latest European fashions at very reasonable prices ? a great place to christen your credit card! Speaking of plastic fantastic, prepare to be able to use your credit cards at all of the local stores and department stores etc but not in the markets so take cash with you but be very careful as the markets are notorious for HK petty thieves who target tourists knowing they have come to spend up big with cash at the markets.

Temple Street Night Markets
The Temple Street night markets are brilliant for copy sunglasses, handbags, scarves, toys, DVDs, and even clothing. Be prepared to haggle though as often the price first quoted to you can be double what you end up paying. The markets are bustling, noisy and busy but brilliant bargains to be had and if you haggle with a smile the HK merchants are tempted to join you in a laugh over the deal. The markets are open from 6pm to midnight but some vendors don?t open till later to capitalise on the night shoppers that come after 9pm.

Overseas Terminal
If you are keen to see the best view of Hong Kong for the cheapest price in the city then catch the Star Ferry from the city side through the Victoria Harbour to the Kowloon side at night. The fair will be a massive $2.50 yes that is all folks! Sit back and relax as you watch the best view of the city appear before your very eyes. Once you have snapped off enough shots of you and your mate on the Star Ferry prepare to disembark and continue your shopping expedition. Don?t let the name mislead you, the Ocean Terminal is anything but just a terminal. The Ocean Terminal is full of shopping delights including one of the best Ralph Lauren stores I have seen, especially the RL kids wear which doesn?t reach our Australian RL stores. Ridiculously expensive but still great for that special little someone if your budget allows! The lower level is dedicated to divine kids wear that would leave most young mums gasping for breath but is still worth drooling over! The massive Disney store is also a must see if you are still a kid at heart!

All this and we haven?t even ventured into mainland China? Check out Ruby Harris? next installment when she and her traveling companion risk life and limb all for a copy Chanel handbag!

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