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    Hong Kong Shopping Guide and Tips

    Not in his usual itinerary, Tutubi visited various shopping malls and markets looking for souvenirs and other uniquely Hong Kong stuff.

    Herewith are the shopping guide, information and tips he accumulated:

    Lusting for these international brands for cheap prices and discounts:

    Adidas, Bally, Bauhaus, The Body Shop, Calvin Klein, City Chain, Columbia Sportswear Company, Esprit, Evita Peroni, Folli Follie, Giordano, Joy and Peace, Kingkow, Design Accesories, K-Swiss, Lafuma, La Compagnie Des Petits, Last Call, Laura Ashley, Lens Crafters, Le Saunda, Levi's, Lids, MaBelle, MiRabell, Moiselle, New Balance, Nike, Optical 88, Polo Ralph Lauren, Quicksilver, Rabeanco, Rockport, Samsonite, Seven 7, Timberland, Time + Style, Viviene Tam and other factory outlets and stores.

    Citygate Outlets, located on Lantau Island, is the first and only outlet mall in Hong Kong, featuring international brand names offering huge discounts from 30% to 70% all year round for cheap, best-value-for-every-dollar-spent bargains. It serves also as the gateway to various attractions in Tung Chung, including Hong Kong Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360 and AsiaWorld-Expo. (wonder if there're similar outlet stores in Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore, and KL)

    Address: 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau
    Enquiry hotline: 2109 2933

    How to go to Citygate Outlets:
    MTR Tung Chung Station Exit C, next to Ngong Ping 360. It can also be reached by a short taxi or bus ride from the Chek Lap Kok Airport (great while waiting for a connecting flight at HKIA)

    For those looking for cameras, lenses, tripods, filters, batteries, and other photography equipment, there are many camera shops in Hong Kong offering about a little cheaper than those stores on Hidalgo (in Quiapo, Manila).

    In Mong Kok (Kowloon), there's the Ladies' Market on Fa Yuen and Tung Choi Streets (near St. Edward and Mong Kok MTR stations) selling ladies shoes, cosmetics, clothes and accessories with prices comparable to Manila's 168 Mall e.g. a pair of ladies shoes costs around HK$60. Haggling is hard here plus the vendors don't seem to like inquiries, particularly frugal Filipinos in perpetual search for the cheapest prices.



    Flower Market road also in Mong Kok (and near Newton Kowloon) is the Flower Market and near the Yuen Po Bird garden

    For people in search of items made of "imperial gem," the Jade market at at the intersection of Kansu Street and Battery Street, west of Nathan Road. To go there: Yau Ma Tei MTR exit C, walk along Nathan Road until you reach Kansu. (Read more about jade here)

    If you're a vacationing Filipino or OFW hankering for things from home, try Worldwide Plaza on Des Voeux Road in Central.

    As a general observation, Hong Kong shopkeepers are rude. They welcome other people with condescending look similar to what Tutubi ranted about during his Singapore travel. The shopkeepers will stop short of shooing you away if they sense you're not going to buy their stuff after they quoted you touristy prices (a tourist trap haven again. This is not the same in Thailand, Philippines, and Malaysia)

    Related Posts:

    Backpacking Hong Kong
    Hong Kong City Tour
    Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Disneyland
    Jose Rizal in Hong Kong
    Hong Kong in Philippine History
    OFWs in Hong Kong
    Duk Ling: A Free Tour of Victoria Harbour
    Victoria Harbour Cruise
    A Symphony of Lights
    Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Wisdom Path

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:15 PM,

    24 Comments:

    At Oct 3, 2007, 8:05:00 PM, Blogger dodong flores said...

    Hi, Tutubi! That's interesting to note. When I was there, I wasn't able to discover such things you've listed there now. Thanx for the detailed guide. I think if I'll shop Hongkong, it will be for photography equipment.Thanx for sharing...

     
    At Oct 4, 2007, 5:18:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    ah, they have Esprit in HK as well :-)
    I like their shirts for leisurewaer.

     
    At Oct 4, 2007, 5:40:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    i mostly buy just souvenirs when i'm abroad. i need someone to be with me when clothes or accessories shopping as i'm not so good at that. ^___^ thanks for the tips =)

     
    At Oct 4, 2007, 7:41:00 AM, Blogger exskindiver said...

    hi tutubi,
    i have never been to HK.
    kawawa naman ako.

    after i wrote to you yesterday,
    i decided to google matthew calabig
    and i found a picture of him online!

    he was a good friend of mine 23 years ago.

    john is the older brother i believe?

    sige,
    chesca

     
    At Oct 4, 2007, 9:17:00 AM, Anonymous kyels said...

    Yes, I've heard that HK is a shopping haven for shopaholics!

    (:

     
    At Oct 4, 2007, 12:52:00 PM, Blogger watson said...

    Ay naku, Tutubi. While reading your post I was wondering if you will also talk about the attitude of the vendors there. They really are rude! Like in Singapore!

    Well, not everyone. Pero sa Singapore, out of all the shops we went to, isa lang yung hospitable. Tapos sa Hongkong, ganun din. Isang matanda na laging nakangiti ang very accomodating to us, kaya napabili kami ng maraming puzzles na tinda nya. I cannot say that to the others.

    Oops sorry po. Talagang mainit lang ulo ko sa mga vendors na yun.

     
    At Oct 4, 2007, 5:57:00 PM, Anonymous Toe said...

    Hehehe.. the shopkeepers here are the same. They tell you, look, look, no buy. :)

    I like that flower market!

     
    At Oct 5, 2007, 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous rhodora said...

    Wow, very neat ang shopping markets! Would love to shop there. Dito sa Pinas, bad trip ako sa wet market so I avoid 'pamamalengke' as much as possible.

     
    At Oct 5, 2007, 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi said...

    dodong, let me know if you're going to HK. may papabili ako :)

    pieterbie, yep. it's quite cheap there

    carlotta, just like me, souvenirs. problem is that i've accumulated so much of them due to the number of places i've been to :(

    exskindiver, i don't know matthew calabig, sorry. i can ask around for him if you like :)

    kyels, burn your money there haha

    watson, i did post comments on the vendor's behavior. di mo siguro nabasa nasa huli :)

    toe, in thailand, they prefer Filipinos since they know when they arrive at a price, pinoys will buy many things

    rhodora, dugyot kasi mga palengke dito sa pinas :(

     
    At Oct 5, 2007, 1:01:00 PM, Blogger Rochelle said...

    Been waiting for this post! I want to shop here! The culture is just as fun as the shopping!

     
    At Oct 5, 2007, 3:32:00 PM, Blogger tin-tin said...

    i'm not into shopping. so when we went there we just visited the attractions. hehehe. and i think that's the same places i'll visit when i return there :)

     
    At Oct 11, 2007, 12:20:00 AM, Anonymous rEeYuH said...

    hmm, i havent been to citygate. seems like i have to go out of my way if i want to get cheapER stuff. mongkok and sham shui po seems not enough eh? hehe

    about the shopkeepers.. SO true! nakakatrauma minsan haha i dont ask the price until im really sure i want to buy it. some vendors even cling to you saying "maganda" un item. they range from being rude to being 'nice' - actually begging you to buy.

     
    At Dec 9, 2007, 11:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the tips. I'll be spending 3 days there this December and I have taken notes of all your tips.

     
    At Feb 23, 2009, 10:28:00 PM, Blogger marinel said...

    hi there. found some tips here. we will be visiting hk soon. wat advice can u give regarding hotels? sna ung cheap na comfy naman. hope i can talk to u over the phone.

     
    At Feb 23, 2009, 10:30:00 PM, Blogger marinel said...

    hi tutubi. i found tips here. thanks. uhm, just wondering if i can talk to u kahit sa ym or over the phone? just want some advice. hope i can hear from u soon. (= god bless!

     
    At Feb 23, 2009, 10:36:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    marinel, if you have a google talk account i can contact you there. i no longer use YM...

     
    At May 11, 2010, 3:15:00 PM, Anonymous k swiss trainers said...

    Is there shops for those looking for shoes, ladies variety as well as male variety? I'm tennis player, let see if I could be able to buy a little cheaper "k swiss trainers shoes" than costly stores.

     
    At May 12, 2010, 2:07:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    k swiss trainers, of course there are stores like them in HK but i can't name them.. in olny browse through them and not buy any thing as i'm stingy :P

     
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