Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Hong Kong (Self Guided)

Being famous as a "Shoppers' Paradise", Hong Kong is especially visited for its shopping spots.It would be a pity to leave Hong Kong without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs that are unique to Hong Kong that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong (See other walking tours in Hong Kong)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: emma
Dried Seafood Street Market

1) Dried Seafood Street Market

This market can be found on Des Voeux Road West. In this area hawkers gather to sell dried seafood and traditional Chinese medicine. The place is also famous for selling such rare products as dried abalone or dried scallops.
Opening hours: Daily: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Wing Lok Street

2) Wing Lok Street

What to buy here: Goji Berries.

The history of herbal medicine dates back to China but many of its reliable practices and ingredients have been implemented in Hong Kong. For those wanting to offset their travel ailments, the goji berry is an affordable herbal supplement found in medicinal suppliers across the city. Popularised as wolfberries in the West, goji berries are often found in dried form and added to food and drink to enhance their nutritional content. Goji berries are cooked before consumption. They can be found added to rice porridge, dessert jellies, Chinese tonic soups, as well as in herbal teas. Goji berries have a mild tangy taste that is slightly sweet and sour. They resemble raisins in shape and texture. They have been known to improve the state of health, strengthen the immune system and increase longevity and vitality. Goji berries are one of the most affordable health supplements in Hong Kong and can retail for HK$40-HK$80 a bag, depending on the volume. Found in all herbal stores in Hong Kong, goji berries are readily available for health enthusiasts.

A notable street with store-upon-store of goji berry availability is Wing Lok Street in Sheung Wan. This street is one of the major arteries for dried foods, ranging from seafood to herbs. Notable shops include: Wah Cheong, 204 Wing Lok Street, open 9am-7pm and Wing Sing Sum, 130 Wing Lok Street, open 9:30am-7pm.
Bonham Strand West

3) Bonham Strand West

For anyone looking for unusual street markets in Hong Kong, the Bonham Strand West is the right place to go. The market sells traditional Chinese medicine, composed of medicinal herbs, crushed pearls, ginseng and dried seafood. Most of the products are recommended by sellers as essential for longevity and energy.
Western Market

4) Western Market

The Western Market is located on Des Voeux Road, in Sheung Wan district, in Hong Kong. The market was completed in the year 1906. Today, the Western Market is one of the Declared Monuments of Hong Kong. The building of the Western Market is the oldest surviving market building in Hong Kong.

In 1989, the market building became vacant, and in 1991, it was converted into a center of traditional traders. In 2003, refurbishment of the market building took place and the market was converted into a popular spot, for life style shopping and leisure activities. Restaurants and boutiques were opened in the building and it became an attractive site for tourists.

The building is constructed in the Edwardian style that was popular in England during the early Twentieth Century. Red brick and granite has been liberally used to create a poly chromatic effect. It is a combination of classical and modern design, as the refurbishment left the classical façade but added modern elements to the structure to add more space. The original building had consisted of two floors, with a soaring high ceiling. Another floor was recently added to make use of its high ceiling and provide more room for shops and restaurants.
Cat Street Market

5) Cat Street Market

The Cat Street Market is located on Upper Lascar Row, in Hong Kong. The market is a popular tourist spot and is literally a walking distance from Central. The Cat Street Market can also be reached through the Sheung Wan MTR station.

The market sells antiques, beautiful paintings, and even replicas of antiques and original paintings (Tourists should watch out for duplicate pieces). Usually the antiques include jade carvings, expensive Ming vases and snuff bottles, as well as Mao memorabilia. The market has an overall a flea-market like atmosphere. One can also find Chinese souvenirs like old Hong Kong post cards, posters and also fake, antique watches.

Carpet shops and ceramic shops abound on Cat Street, with carpets imported from India and The Middle East. Furniture can also be found on the market. Many stalls, full of “Red” themed Mao memorabilia line the street, and most tourists can find unusual and unique books, pictures and even relics from the 1950s era when the Peoples Republic of China had recently come to power. Unlike the expensive shops in Kowloon, the Cat Street Market is a place to purchase bargain goods. Most imported goods that are found here are tax free, and bargaining can save buyers even more money.
Hollywood Antiques Market

6) Hollywood Antiques Market

Hollywood Road is filled with trinket and antique shops of all sorts: from Chinese furniture to porcelain ware, from Buddha sculptures to Tibetan rugs, from Japanese netsukes to Coromandel screens, from Ming dynasty ceramic horsemen and kitsch Maoist memorabilia. The street runs between Central and Sheung Wan, with Wyndham Street, Arbuthnot Road, Ladder Street, Upper Lascar Row, and Old Bailey Street in the vicinity.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Goods of Desire (G.O.D.)

7) Goods of Desire (G.O.D.)

What to buy here: Goods of Desire Houseware.

The buzz word nowadays is “integration,” be it in industry, culturally or at home. Interior decor is trending towards integrating cultures and eras, particularly for pieces with traditional Asian flare. When in Hong Kong, why not bring back something to make your home the envy of the community? Hot designers are creating pieces and housewares to fit this trend and one of the easiest places to find them in one location is G.O.D. Founded in 1996 by Douglas Young and Benjamin Lau, G.O.D. (Goods of Desire) is a concept store that capitalises on the recent trend for Chinese-inspired merchandise. G.O.D. integrates tradition with modernity, taking inspiration from historical and current-day Hong Kong culture. Specialising in housewares and furnishings, they update Oriental traditions and designs to cater to the modern home and lifestyle. Their lifestyle products run the gambit from home accessories to furniture to fashion. Their most famous home accessory design is the Chinese “Double Happiness” character collection, which ranges from bedding to table decor, such as candles. Also famous for furnishings, G.O.D.’s major products utilise bamboo and traditional Chinese materials and motifs in tables, beds, cabinets and more. G.O.D. items are not for those on a shoestring budget. Wares can range from a Chinesecharacter candle for HK$75 to coffee tables for HK$6790 and above depending on the furnishing. However, their designs that push the envelope on Chinese traditions are still highly popular with expatriates and modernists.

G.O.D. boasts five stores in Hong Kong. The original store in Ap Lei Chau is defunct in lieu of the flagship store in Causeway Bay and their 4 other central locations in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Shek Kip Mei and The Peak Galleria. Each location has varying opening hours. The flagship store, located on Sharp Street, East Entrance, Causeway Bay. Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun & Public Holidays: 11am - 8pm.
Peel Street

8) Peel Street

Peel street, together with Graham Street Wet Market forms the old street market area of central Hong Kong. The market stalls are located at the street's lower end, featuring mostly fresh food but also clothing and other items. Along with food stalls, there are also many cafes and dining places. The road was built in the 1840, at the start of the colonial era, and named for British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. Initially settled by Westerners, Chinese took over the area in the 1870s, and the expatriates had all but gravitated towards Conduit Road in the Mid-Levels by about the 1950s. Wai Siu-pak, founder of Yee Tin Tong pharmacy, once lived in Wise Mansion, a large house at the top of Peel Street next to Robinson Road. The section of Peel Street between Hollywood Road and Staunton Street was known for its calligraphers specialised in making signboards in the 1950s and 1960s. The part below Hollywood Road was well known for its Indian curry restaurants. However, expensive rents have driven these trades out of the area, which is now populated by modern tower blocks. The century-old Graham Street market is situated at the lower reaches of Peel Street. There is also the Ho Hei Kee Umbrella, run by Mr. Ho Hung-hei, which has attracted the attention of many mass media.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Graham Street Wet Market

9) Graham Street Wet Market

Located between Staunton street and the Center skyscraper, in the SOHO area, Graham Street is easy to find if you're around. It features one of the oldest open-air markets in Central, with two lines of stalls selling fresh vegetables, seafood and meat. Together with Peel street, Graham forms the old Central Street Market.
Li Yuen Street East and West

10) Li Yuen Street East and West (must see)

Li Yuen Street East and West are two parallel alleys packed with shops and stalls. Here, visitors can find plenty of items, such as souvenirs, clothing, watches or shoes. The market is mostly known for fine silk clothing and traditional dresses.

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It would be a pity to leave Hong Kong without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Hong Kong, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km

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Whether you are in Hong Kong for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hong Kong has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Hong Kong's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Hong Kong Pass, iVenture Card, or Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Hong Kong's (or even neighboring Macau's) top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows user to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Hong Kong hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Pottinger Hong Kong.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hong Kong, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Hong Kong typically costs somewhere between US$50 and US$150 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Hong Kong from the open top of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to 48 hrs plus a night tour.

- No visit to Hong Kong is complete without savoring authentic Cantonese cuisine. Embark on a half-day food tour of Hong Kong for a generous dollop of delectable local treats and insight into the city's British and Chinese heritage.

- Dive into the history of Hong Kong on a historical walking tour to find out how the city came to be, what prompted the Brits to colonize it and then cede back to China, and what will become of it after 2047 when the “no change for 50 years” promise by The People's Republic of China has expired.

- Complete your sightseeing of Hong Kong in one day on a 5-hour guided tour exploring the city's top attractions from the open-top double-decker and Peak Tramway, catching a glimpse of daily life at Aberdeen Fishing Village, shopping for souvenirs, and more.

- Razzle-dazzle yourself on a night cruise over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour complete with a lavish 7-course dinner aboard the famous Jumbo Chinese-style boat restaurant. In addition to sumptuous Cantonese delicacies and unlimited drinks, you will enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city’s harbor and shimmering skyline.

- Experience first-hand the old-style shopping as it was done back in the day preceding eBay, malls and supermarkets. Embark on a market tour of Hong Kong to see the glorious local markets in action, soak up the atmosphere, and get thrilled from haggling!

Day Trips

If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Hong Kong, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Lantau Island, Macau, or Cheung Chau Island.

For as little as circa US$140 per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, find a different side of Hong Kong exploring the beauty of nature and unique traditions of its biggest island replete with pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys and soaring mountains, sail across the sea to visit the oldest European settlement in the East, and more.

For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Hong Kong, and transported either by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.