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Souvenir Shopping Part 2 (Self Guided), Hong Kong

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.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong (See other walking tours in Hong Kong)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kee Wah Bakery
  • Temple Street Night Market
  • Jade Market
  • Ladies' Market
  • Goldfish Market
  • Flower Market
  • Bird Market
  • Ap Liu Street Flea Market
Kee Wah Bakery

1) Kee Wah Bakery

What to buy here: Mooncakes.

Mooncakes are seasonal treats served during the Mid-autumn Festival in the fall. Highly calorific due to its lard and sugar content, mooncakes are meant to be shared with family and friends, as is the tradition for this holiday. Mooncakes are round and rectangular pastries with a thick filling, typically made from lotus seed paste and surrounded by a relatively thin crust imprinted with the Chinese characters for longevity or harmony, bordered by the shop insignia or a Mid-autumn motif. Traditional mooncakes contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Many bakeries in Hong Kong create their own house mooncakes to varying tastiness and popularity. One of the most famous bakeries for mooncakes as well as other traditional Hong Kong baked items is Kee Wah. Kee Wah is a family-operated bakery that has expanded to national proportions since its inception over 70 years ago. It specialises in traditional Hong Kong pastries, such as mooncakes, bridal cakes, egg rolls and more. Kee Wah is the all-in-one shop for a taste of old Hong Kong snacks and is the go-to store for mooncakes and bridal cakes. A tin of 4 Kee Wah mooncakes retails for HK$228.

Kee Wah has expanded from its beginnings as a small neighbourhood grocery store on Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei. With 48 locations throughout Hong Kong, Kee Wah has expanded its operations to make it easier for tourists and locals to purchase a taste of old Hong Kong.
Temple Street Night Market

2) Temple Street Night Market (must see)

Temple Street Night Market is located in the Jordan area and Yau Ma Tei in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong. The night market and the flea market are well known in this part of the city. Tourists usually flock to these markets during the evenings, so even at dusk the place is crowded. The market has vendors selling food items and cheap merchandise that tourists usually buy.

The Temple Street Night Market was built during the Qing Dynasty and named after a Tin Hau temple present at the location. The market is also known as Men's Street as it has many popular men's fashion outlets.

The market usually opens at 2 p.m. in the afternoon, but it is during dusk that the real crowd gathers here. During the market’s operational hours, traffic is closed on the street. The market has more than a hundred stalls, decorated with colorful lights. The carts and stalls are full of merchandise including mobile phones, watches, clothes, shoes, and men’s accessories. The night market is famous for selling second-hand goods such as videotapes, old newspapers, cassettes, and antiques. Prices can always be negotiated by bargaining. Snacks and roadside treats are also abundant.

Why You Should Visit:
May be a good place to buy some cheap/souvenir items, but there are also plenty of cheap eateries – mostly street foods & authentic cuisine – lining the strip.

The further you go inside the market, the cheaper it tends to get.
As for the food, eat where the long lines to buy food are, or at the busiest restaurant(s).
Jade Market

3) Jade Market

One of the busiest markets in Hong Kong is the Jade Market. Dealing, of course, in jade jewelry, the Market thus promotes the nation's symbol stone. The range of items on sale here is enormous and includes jade rings, jade animal figures and even jade statues of Buddha. The place is acknowledged for high quality products.

What to buy here: Jade.

While pure jade is not for the light-of-pocket, the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei offers an affordable alternative with its synthetic merchandise. The Jade Market is a covered marketplace with a collection of 400 stalls selling a diverse range of jade pendants, rings, bracelets, carvings and ornaments. All wares are up for bartering. Prices can start at HK$15 and rise to however much vendors think they can get from the buyer. Always haggle at half the price or less to come to an agreeable compromise. Once you start haggling, it is rude to not purchase the item, so only negotiate if you have true intent to purchase. Caveat emptor, not all stones sold at the Market are natural so novices should make their purchases with a grain of salt. Top quality jade is pure green and very expensive. Most pieces can have a yellow tinge but the finished item should be devoid of brown or grey. The best jade is semi-transparent, while opaque jade with cloudy patches tends to be of less value. The Chinese character for jade translates to beauty and purity. The stone symbolises long life and good health, as such, many traditionalists wear jade to guard against ill health.

The Jade Market is located on Kansu and Battery Streets in Jordan. Opening hours vary between the 400 vendors but the Market is typically open daily, 9am-5:30pm. Jade Street is nearby, located on Canton Road between Kansu Street and Jordan Road. Shops on this Street operate Monday to Saturday, from 10am-4pm. A giant jade stone that weighs three tons acts as a landmark at the junction of Canton Road and Jordan Road.
Ladies' Market

4) Ladies' Market (must see)

The southern part of the Tung Choi Street in Kowloon is known as the Ladies' Market. This street market specializes in ladies' fashion wear -- clothing, watches and souvenirs. Actually, various kinds of products are available for cheap prices here, not just for women, as its name suggests. Its northern section includes a market for goldfish, the so-called Goldfish Market.

Why You Should Visit:
The place opens about 2pm. You need a new case, charger and cable for your phone, a Calvin Klein backpack cheap (to die for), a Madonna bra maybe, toys, some Hello Kitty nightgowns and more. A new Spiderman outfit too. Go now!

Make sure to sample some good street food like Cheong Fun and curry fish balls while you're at it.
Goldfish Market

5) Goldfish Market

Up north the Tung Choi Street is the Goldfish market. It is the right place for aquatic pet lovers; the Market offers a great variety of exotic species of fish. Apart from shops, there are also hawkers selling tropical freshwater and marine fish, and aquarium equipment here. Opening hours: 10am-6pm daily
Flower Market

6) Flower Market

The Flower Street is the place of the Flower street market, north of Prince Edward Road West. The open-air market gives residence to many shops and outlets specialized in houseplants and garden flowers. The place is famed for exotic scents and charming atmosphere. Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 07:00 - 19:00
Bird Market

7) Bird Market

The Bird Market is a magic spot on the face of Hong Kong, stretched along the Yuen Po Street. The market rows are filled with intricately carved cages where songbirds are kept for sale. Owing to its peculiar courtyards and moon gates the market has a long established reputation of a tourist attraction.
Opening hours: 7am to 7pm daily.
Ap Liu Street Flea Market

8) Ap Liu Street Flea Market

For more 20 years, Ap Liu Street Flea Market has been a famous flea market that gathers over 100 shop stalls along the street. Over here, you can find a wide variety of items, such as radios, tape recorders, amplifiers, radio parts and equipment, used electronic products, antique watches, old coins, classical records and others. The majority of vendors are present here daily from noon to midnight. Ap Liu Street Flea Market, which showcases electronics, electrical components, and related items, is also known for geek shopping. Operation Hours 12 pm - midnight

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