Kong's chief shopping districts are Central, Admiralty, and Causeway
Bay on Hong Kong Island, along with Tsim Tsa Tsui and Mong Kok in
Kowloon. Shopping hours vary, but most shops are basically open
until late at night, seven days a week. Shops are also open on public
holidays, except during the Lunar New Year. However, shops in Central
close earlier at around 6 p.m., but the other main areas stay open
till 9:30 p.m.
There is a myriad
of glamorous and glitzy shopping malls in Hong Kong. These malls
are certainly more comfortable than roaming around the streets,
especially during the hot and humid summers.
Main shopping malls
on Hong Kong Island include Landmark in Central, Pacific Place in
Admiralty, Times Square in Causeway Bay, and City Plaza in Taikoo
Shing. Kowloon also has its share of malls, which includes the linked
Ocean Terminal and Harbour Centre complexes.
in Hong Kong are abundant, selling every item imaginable. These
markets are cheap and interesting. Even if you do not wish to buy
anything, it would be fun to just walk through the markets to observe
the ways of market dwellers.
Street" off Hollywood Road in Central is a flea market offering
inexpensive trinkets and bric-a-brac. The neighboring area is famous
for fine arts and antiques. Stanley Market, on the south side of
the island, is famous for sports and casual wear, linen, tableware,
silk, and leather garments. The markets are open daily from 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m.
Hong Kong's most
popular night market is Temple Street, which runs from Jordan to
Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon. Cheap clothing, watches, pens, sunglasses,
CDs, electronic gadgets, and luggage abound in its colorfully lit
stalls. The market opens from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Tung Choi Street
is a bustling street market in Mong Kok. It is less tourist oriented
than Temple Street, and specializes in local women's fashions, jewelry,
and accessories. The market is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jade
Market, located under the fly-over near Kansau Street in Yau Ma
Tei, is famous for its unique jewelry. It opens daily from 10 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m.