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Emily Jablon: Daraius and I celebrated Christmas in Macau and Hong Kong with his family for ~8 days. It was our 1st time to Macau and Hong Kong and we were very excited to visit!
An Asian Holiday – Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Using Miles and Points to Get to India And Hong Kong
- Part 2 – Etihad Lounge in Washington, DC
- Part 3 – Using Miles for Two $8,000 First Class Seats to Mumbai, India
- Part 4 – By Air and Sea – Cathay First Class to Hong Kong, Ferry to Macau
- Part 5 – A Free Stay in a ~$360 Per Night Suite at the Grand Hyatt Macau
- Part 6 – A Surprise Trip to the Panda Pavilion, Street Entertainment, and a Historic Walking Tour
- Part 7 – Historic Sites, Street Food & a Show in Macau
- Part 8 – Egg Tarts & Other Delicacies in Macau
- Part 9 – Our Free Stay at the Conrad Hong Kong
- Part 10 – Spectacular View of Hong Kong From Victoria Peak & the Amazing Symphony of Lights
- Part 11 – Hong Kong Walking Tour of Shops, Flowers, and More
- Part 12 – The Best Gnocchi Emily’s Had in Her Entire Life and Other Meals in Hong Kong
- Part 13 – From Fine Dining to Food Stalls, Eating in Hong Kong
- Part 14 – Sipping Champagne in the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Hong Kong
- Part 15 – Cathay Pacific First Class from Hong Kong to the US
- Part 16 – Conclusion and Blog Giveaway
An Asian Holiday: Part 11 – Towering the Skyscrapers and Other Fun Activities in Hong Kong – Part 2
These posts will cover some of the most popular sites in Hong Kong, including:
- Shopping in Hong Kong (Kowloon and Western District Shops, Tsim Sha Tsui, Ladies’ Market, and Stanley Market)
- Walk #2 – Mong Kok (Flower, Bird, Fish, and Pet Markets)
- Supermarket Shopping at Great Food Hall, near the Conrad Hotel
1. Shopping in Hong Kong (Kowloon and Western District Shops, Tsim Sha Tsui, Ladies’ Market, and Stanley Market)
The art museum has mainly drawings, paintings, and ceramics by Chinese artists, along with some contemporary art exhibits. After that, we walked down Nathan Road, the big shopping street, and went down Granville Ave.
I’d heard Nathan Road had good, cheap clothing but I think the trendy designs and bright colors cater more to a younger crowd.
I really enjoyed all the neon signs and seeing all of the people out. The people and the lights make Hong Kong a very vibrant city!
It reminded me of New York, but even more lit up and dynamic.
The next day, we went to the shops on Li Yuen Street, East and West.
Cat Street is known for
junk and antiques.
There were old Chairman Mao era relics, etc. I couldn’t help but think most of the “antiques” were reproductions! Still, it was interesting to see the various shops and what was for sale.
2. Tsim Sha Tsui
The shops mainly sold phone cases, t-shirts, souvenirs, and hosiery.
Many of the shops sold the same items so everything starting looking the same.
Still, it was fun to look around for the hidden gems!
Another day, we went to the Ladies’ Market.
This market is supposed to have women’s clothing and accessories, but I didn’t find anything I liked. I did find some super cute stickers, though!
The same goods were sold lane after lane, and reminded me of the Temple Street markets. Daraius loved browsing through the markets!
However, Stanley Market was different. We had to take a bus there, but we were glad we did. The best part were the gorgeous views.
There were lots of people enjoying the scenery.
There were also shops that sold souvenirs, jewelry, clothes, etc., in addition to a few restaurants.
There were all kinds of vendors selling trinkets.
We’d been on planes, trams, buses, and ferries on this trip, but this was a new mode of transport!
3. Mong Kok Walking Tour: Flower Market, Fish Market, Bird, and Pet Markets
On our last day in Hong Kong, we went to the Flower Market. There are lots of shops selling flowers!
Every imaginable flower was there, and you could buy flowers for 10 Hong Kong dollars, or ~$1.30. I loved seeing the beautiful colors arranged so nicely!
There were also planter shops, seed shops, and shops selling decorative fountains.
Next, we went to the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, where locals bring their birds to socialize with each other and where shops sell them.
parrots, toucans, parakeets, finches, and more.
What a lovely bird! I wanted to bring her home! I mentioned to Daraius how I liked this parrot’s attractive feathers and singing voice. He said that was very sensitive of me but everyone knows parrots are rough-and-tumble pets meant only for pirates.
I knew he was joking when he squeezed 1 eye shut and bellowed, “Argh!”
You could also buy live bird food. What bird wouldn’t want a tasty live grasshopper or worm?
Next, were the pet markets. There were fish, cats, dogs, and bunnies for sale. I felt bad seeing the cute animals locked away in the cages!
4. Supermarket Shopping at Great Food Hall, near the Conrad Hotel
The night before we flew back to the US, we went to Great Food Hall in the Pacific Plaza mall which is connected to the Conrad, to get some snacks and gifts. The shop is a little expensive, but Daraius and I appreciated the convenience of a 5 minute walk back to our hotel.
We picked up some Asian candy….
And browsed the European chocolates.
We got some sesame snacks…
And looked at the expensive caviar, which cost up to ~$730 a tin!
We had fun looking at everything for sale.
Hong Kong has shopping areas for every taste and budget. You can find cheap clothing, souvenirs, antiques, flowers, and even pets!
We loved walking around the markets! There really is something for everyone in Hong Kong!