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Trip List by Chris J

HONGKONG.. Skip the Designer Dud, You can find them anywhere in the planet!

5 Feb 2007  trying to look out for new things
4.0 of 5 stars based on 13 votes

Hongkong's proximity to our country had made it easy prey for vacationing families, shopping junkies and people who want their first passport stamped! But there more to Hongkong than the glittering malls and expensive duds.

My list is what i would exactly do in Hong Kong when Im there( which is practically quite often)

  • Category: Best of
  • 1. Joyce Boutique-Horizon Plaza and Space Boutiques in Ap Lei Chau

    Its discount heaven to a certain extent. Past iconic Ocean Park, Ap Lei Chau is an area that no distinguished Hongkong tai tai would find herself in. Hidden among the teeming residential parts are wholesale areas devoted to clothing, furnishing and other stuff.

    Noteworthy are Joyce Ma's discount heaven at horizon plaza (though not as crazy as D'Magazine Outlet in milan) for off season duds and Space (Off season Prada, Miu miu and Helmut lang).

    Heard there's an off season Lane Crawford outlet...hmmm

    Its a sodto find ... seek for help

  • 2. No man is an ISLAND BEVERLY(Causeway and Kowloon)

    BEside SOGO in Causeway Bay, ISLAND BEVERLY is a melting pot of up and coming designers (no tai tai's here). Full of different taste persuassions and clothes, just be prepared to be disappointed with the sizing (Unfortunately, people in Hong Kong arent as chunky as Filipinos.. its probably the latino gene!)

    Not too pricey compared to glittzy neighbor malls. An IKEA outpost near its Causeway Bay building.

  • 3. OH MY.... GOD! (Goods of Desire) various locations

    A Hongkong design IKEA of sorts, I head there for quirky pillows and duvets with "hongkong apartments littered with laundry design" and really fun "chinese movies that never was (e.g. shameless chinese girls t-shirts). Mao never looked so cool

  • 4. Granville... more than Tommy Hilfiger Knockoffs

    Granville used to have a reputation for over run clothing articles but there are a few areas that have mushroomed into some underground retail. Vintage T-shirts (Isnt that a no-no for the Chinese), mile high stillettos and other stuff to tickle your fancy which only opens at dusk and early evening.

  • 5. SKIP GUCCI Shanghai Tang and Blanc de Chine PEDDER STREET

    Former Tai tai heaven(lost recently to IFC), The Landmark and its chi-chi neighbors held court for most of the brands you find in Milan's Golden triange or Rome-Via Condotti.

    Held out for local Shanghai Tang and its, more discrete and shy retail sister blanc de chine (same building its on the 2nd floor) for exquisite reversable mao mens jackets (gray wool and blue) heavenly but left my pocket crying like hell, fab womens wear and darling home accessories.

  • 6. STREET MARKETS (anywhere and everywhere)

    chances are you will bump into one during your stay. There Cat Street and one in Causeway Bay , (across SOGO), Central,in Kowloon. You can buy anything and everything in these places at a fraction from what you would find in the souvenir shops.

    Go there for your Kids Chinese Pajama fix.. I hard to wear them till I was 9 or something

  • 7. Second Hand HEaven .. next stop MILAN STATION (Central and Kowloon)

    When the Tai tais easily tire of their apple green Hermes kelly, their motorcycle balenciaga or their murakami Alma bags, the guys from Milan Station come to pick them up like garbage disposal for all of us ordinary folk to feast. Its like "let them eat Luella" they say..

    You can always find treasure here (except for USD 200 Anya Hindmarch "Im not a plastic bag").. youll need serious plastic

  • 8. Sorry Had to Add it: ISOLA and LANE CRAWFORD at the IFC

    Im just bummed that the iconic Star Ferry Terminal will be ceasing operations in a strange way but hey since its replace with swanky new sister IFC. The Airport Express, Four Seasons and a host of posh yet predictable stores make home here but the real star is Lane Crawford (in house martini bar with a less "stuffy" staff here than in other branches) and dinning italian fave: Isola. Foods great but the bills going to make you cry!

    Damn, and I thought I wouldnt add another HK Mall

  • 9. Global Dreams on Nathan Road

    There is Chunking Mansions is a building on Nathan Road (beside the Holiday Inn Golden Mile) that is practically an Afro-Indian community unto itself but a bargain when it comes to rubber shoes and other athletic stuff. ( It made it to a recent time magazine of Asia's Best... to experience true globalization)

  • 10. High Tea if you must.... Try Peninsula but hey every other hotel has one!

    Having tea at the grand dame (Peninsula) was an event and ritual unto itself... plus great people watching plus some HK actors thrown in (Sometime ago we saw Samo Hung by himself and another time:Karen Mok with another girl). Though, in my opinion, more tourist trap than ritual, its a nice experience (especially if your a hotel guest and you skip the whole kilometric wait line)

    For more quiet, The Mandarin. Most, if not, all hotels would offer some tea since they were British once and kind of been drinking tea for ages.

    Landmark MO's Afternoon Tea is quite nice minus the dainty ceramics (its plus points in the design department.. natch)

  • 11. E'Spa (Peninsula) and The Spa(Landmark-MO).. not for the faint hearted

    God, coming from a third world country and practically blowing off an equivalent of your months wages to enter into the sanctum of E'Spa and The Spa(Landmark MO).
    Both very spectacular. The MO Spa is more warm, treatment was top notch (I was fortunate enough to enroll in promotions at both properties) with the temperature baths while E'Spa at the Peninsula was like a silent monastery (it was soooo quiet, you can hear a pin drop... that good!) but I never took note of the time... not for the faint hearted and faint of pocket book but should you want to do it... by all means go!

  • 12. NATHAN'S MIRAMAR MALL

    yup, its another mall but its becoming a fave of mine since its home to I.T. Sale (lots of really nice duds here at affordable prices), japanese stores MUJI & UNIQLO (its like a religion.. especially UNIQLO vintage-inspired t-shirts..)

  • 13. Under the Sea! Under the Sea!

    Yup, after almost 2 decades, I came back to Ocean Park. Its one of southeast asia's first marine-themed park but the highlands location make it a drool to go to (drink lots of liquids). Their atoll exhibit and dolphin shows never fail to amaze and after all that shopping.. its a great break and a fun way to press the pause button on your plastic).. beware of the kids... beware... there are tons of them.. beware....