Hong Kong is a shopper's haven, offering everything from modern mega-malls to traditional outdoor markets. Shop around and you'll find a head-spinning array of deals on electronics, duty-free goods, Chinese antiques, clothing, jewelry, fine teas and much more. Beware of fake name-brand goods.
Jade holds great symbolism in Chinese culture, and it's a great souvenir whether you buy the faux version -- like most of the stuff on display at the Jade Market (bargain hard) -- or the real thing. For the latter, be sure to buy from a reputable dealer, like Chinese Arts & Crafts on Canton Road; be prepared for sticker shock. Look for necklaces, pendants and other jewelry. For kitschier souvenirs, look for weird and wonderful iPhone covers, or snap up a few "Bruce Lee is my homeboy" T-shirts at the markets.
Stanley Market, on the south side of Hong Kong island, is a collection of tiny indoor and outdoor shops selling goods from all over mainland China. You'll find loads of bargains on silk robes, jade jewelry (or at least jewelry that's supposed to be jade) and small porcelain items.
Hone your bargaining skills at the Temple Street Night Market, located (of course) along Temple Street and open each evening. Things really start to bustle between 7 and 10 p.m., when locals and visitors alike gather to eat seafood at the dai pai dong (food stalls) and haggle over clothing, watches, sunglasses, imitation designer handbags and more.
For a unique shopping experience, check out the Yuen Po Bird Garden, or Hong Kong Bird Market, in Mong Kok, where birds of all varieties chirp away for prospective purchasers. Just around the corner are colorful flower and goldfish markets.
Nathan Road is the heart of Hong Kong's shopping district, spanning about two miles of department stores, malls, Chinese emporiums and individual stores selling everything from cameras to luggage. Don't miss the side streets off the main drag for more great deals.
Hollywood Road is a mecca for antiquers, with shops and galleries lining the street. The area around nearby Western Market (a beautifully restored colonial building with nothing much exciting inside) is filled with food shops that sell all sorts of Chinese delicacies, including birds' nests and shark fins for soup. As you explore these areas, keep an eye out for small, local street markets that stretch up narrow streets or stairways.
Each afternoon the Ladies' Market springs up along Tung Choi Street, offering clothing items, souvenirs and tchotchkes like dim sum fridge magnets. As is true for all these markets, bargain your heart out.
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