Souvenir Shopping Part 3, 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 3 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 3
Guide Location: Hong Kong » Hong Kong (See other walking tours in Hong Kong)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: emma
Peel Street

1) Peel Street

Peel street, together with the previous attraction 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

2) 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 & West

3) Li Yuen Street East & 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.

4) Wellcome

What to buy here: "Garden" biscuits and candies.

The staple Chinese diet has evolved from rice to more portable baked items introduced by the West. From early colonial times, Hong Kong has had a chance to develop its baking prowess, as such certain specialty items have become must-tries when visiting. While you may have been thinking of a pineapple bun or egg tart while reading the last 50 so-odd words, I am

actually referring to the airy breads and highly preserved Pop Pan Crackers from Garden. A household name since 1926, Garden biscuits and candies are staples in many Hong Kong homes and lunchboxes. Best known for their Pop Pan Crackers and caramel candies, the Garden Company has branched to other food products, which are popular to varying degrees. Garden also specialises in bread, which can be found in many Hong Kong cafés. Very soft and airy, the bread is an affordable staple for students and travellers, although the nutrition content is minimal as a processed carbohydrate. Their famous Pop Pan Crackers have remained popular with children and adults throughout the years. Pop Pan Crackers now come in a variety

of flavours but their original, spring onion flavour still flies off the shelves. The crackers come in two rows of crispy goodness that have the magical ability to remain crisp for weeks, especially the more magical given Hong Kong’s humidity. A box of Pop Pans typically retail for HK$12.90. Invest in a few boxes for the flight home or there may not be any left for souvenirs.

Found in every supermarket, convenience store, canteen and mom-and-pop shop, Pop Pans and most Garden items are easy to purchase. The most economical place to buy them would be in supermarkets. Wellcome is the most economical supermarket in Hong Kong and its 257 locations can be found throughout Hong Kong. Opening hours are typically 8am-10/11pm, depending on the branch.
Ying Kee

5) Ying Kee

What to buy here: Ying Kee Tea.

The origins of tea are debatable but the earliest written records credit China with the first brew in 10th century BC. With many purported health benefits, tea has become a stable in many Western homes. Teas come in varying qualities and grades, as reflected in their prices. Those with limited tea knowledge should purchase from reputable vendors to ensure they buy the real product. Tea can be bought anywhere in Hong Kong but tourists flock to Ying Kee Tea House for their dim sum and tea fix. Dating from 1881, Ying Kee has become synonymous with quality tea leaves that transport well. This fourth-generation operation offers a diversity of teas, ranging from the typical black, green and white variety to the atypical for the Western palate, slimming and foggy teas. Tea prices vary with quality, ranging from HK$6 an ounce to HK$18,000 for a patty. Ying Kee also offers tea sets and utensils for the enthusiasts who want to have traditional tea parties back at home.

Ying Kee has 13 boutiques scattered through the major districts of Hong Kong, on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories. The Flagship Store is on 2-4 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay. This branch is open 10:30am-9pm, daily. Their original store is found in Siu Sai Wan, 8/F, Wah Shing Centre, 5 Fung Yip Street. Hours of operation are 9:30am-6pm (Mon- Fri), 9:30am-1pm (Sat) and closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Walking Tours in Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Create Your Own Walk in Hong Kong

Create Your Own Walk in Hong Kong

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hong Kong is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Colonial Buildings in Central Hong Kong

Colonial Buildings in Central Hong Kong

Having been a British colony for over a century, Hong Kong has kept many of its colonial buildings until today. The majority of these old buildings are in the Central district of Hong Kong; some of them have been declared national heritage objects. Check out the list below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Nightlife in Central, Hong Kong

Nightlife in Central, Hong Kong

Being a global metropolis, a financial and cultural center, Hong Kong also offers a bewilderingly varied nightlife to its visitors. It has posh nightclubs, soft lounges, bars, pubs and cafes, all of them ready to be tried out. The next self-guided tour proposes that you take in some of the nightlife spots in the Central district of Hong Kong, featuring discos and bars and the well known bunch of clubs in the Lan Kwai Fong square.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
The Repulse Bay Walking Tour

The Repulse Bay Walking Tour

Located on the southern shore of the Hong Kong island, next to Aberdeen Harbor, the Repulse Bay is famous for its clean beach. As of recently it has been rated one of the most expensive housing areas in Hong Kong. A walking tour around the Bay will take you far from the hustle of busy districts to the relaxing and quiet spots for a good time. Below are some of the nice places to see in the Repulse Bay area.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Western - Central District Walking Tour in Hong Kong

Western - Central District Walking Tour in Hong Kong

The Western and Central areas of Hong Kong are often referred to as one large district. It has the second highest household income in the territory, being famous for housing the majority of Hong Kong's skyscrapers, office towers and historic sites. This tour features some of the area's most notable attractions. To find out more about Western-Central District of Hong Kong, follow this walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Wan Chai and Causeway Bay Walking Tour

Wan Chai and Causeway Bay Walking Tour

Wan Chai District is well known for its shopping places and skyscrapers that lie adjacent to its rustic streets and picturesque corners. It is adjacent to the Causeway Bay region that has many shopping complexes and is a popular destination among tourists. Pay attention to the next list, where the most accessible attractions are compiled in an interesting walking tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

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.