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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 (Self Guided), Hong Kong

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 or 1.4 Miles
Author: emma
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Dried Seafood Street Market
  • Wing Lok Street
  • Bonham Strand West
  • Western Market
  • Cat Street Market
  • Hollywood Antiques Market
  • Goods of Desire (G.O.D.)
  • Peel Street
  • Graham Street Wet Market
  • Li Yuen Street East and West
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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