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Hong Kong Island Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Hong Kong Island Shopping - with Wired Destinations
Hong Kong has been called a shopper's paradise. The most popular places to shop are in Central District, Admiralty and Causeway Bay. There are various shopping places, ranging from colorful night markets and trendy malls, to enormous department stores and busting streets full of antiquities and stalls.
Shopping Hours in Hong Kong Island vary, but basically shopping goes on until late every day. Even during public holidays, most shops are open, except during the annual Lunar New Year holiday. Most shops in Central close around 7pm, while the other in the main areas tend to stay open until around 9:30pm, or sometime even a bit later.
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Hong Kong Island Shopping Malls
The Landmark is a gigantic shopping mall that is renowned for numerous prestigious brands that cater to the high-end shoppers. This is one of the world's top shopping complexes and is home to hundreds of boutiques of many famous designer name brands. The complex is only a few minutes from the Airport Express station, which provides fast connections to the International airport.
Times Square was once a tram depot, but as the shopping areas in Causeway Bay has grown, Times Square became another focal point of the area. Time Square has 14 levels, and each level has its own topic. Travelers have easy access to Time Square, as the complex is served by the MTR Causeway Bay station. Time Square is also accessible by tram from Shau Kei Wan and Happy Valley as well.
SOGO is a Japanese shopping mall that features an array of international label products, such as clothes, home furnishings and electronics. The basement of the mall houses an excellent supermarket which sells a great variety of Asian food and products.
Western District in Sheung Wan is an Edwardian-style building packed with Chinese handicrafts stores and boutiques shops, selling from dried seafood to medical herbs. Regarded as a historical landmark, the elegant features of the Western District are well preserved and reconstructed.
Admiralty is located between Central District and Wan Chai. The area is now a mix of high rise office towers and enormous shopping malls. The Pacific Place is one of Hong Kong's most popular malls, featuring top fashion names and is home to three Hong Kong Island top hotels, including the Conrad Hong Kong, JW Marriott Hong Kong and Island Shangri-La.
Hong Kong Island Markets
There are a number of lively and interesting Hong Kong Island markets. Cat Street on Hollywood Road in Central is a flea market featuring inexpensive trinkets and bric-a-brac. The area surrounding Cat Street is famous for antiques and fine arts. Cat Street is home to a selection of Chinese herbal medicine store as well.
Stanley Market on the southern part of the island is popular for reasonable prices of casual wear, tableware, leather garments and silk. Open daily from 10am – 7pm.
Chun Yeung Street, a local market close to the North Point tram station, offers a wide selection of Chinese Hokkien food and numerous household items and clothes.
Customers can bargain in most stores and night markets. However, department stores and retailers have fix priced and bargaining is not allowed, but sometimes prices are slashed to attract customers.
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