Shopping in Hong Kong
Any shopping enthusiast will have wonderful days in Hong Kong. High
purchasing power concentrated on a limited area allows you to find most of the
sky and earth somewhere in the city, and it is generally the buyer's market.
This can be quite confusing, since you seem to find exclusive branded clothing
and electronic items in both street markets and shopping malls. But pirate
products abound, so make sure what you buy works at home as well. It is not easy
to take a non-functioning iPod back to a Kowloon street market two weeks after
you return home.
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Hong Kong is among Asia's most expensive cities, but some articles can be
found far more affordable than in Europe. Silkware is found almost everywhere.
Mostly with the inscription Made In Hong Kong, like electronic articles, you
save the transport and import surcharge on similar goods in Europe. Stones like
jade are very popular and considered health-giving in China, but get well into
the market first. The jade figures should be completely green with no stains or
marks. Hong Kong, by the way, has no sales tax, so there is nothing to be
refunded at the airport upon return.
Shopping Centers You will find many shopping malls, and at Hong Kong Island
Central you will find Prince's Arcade, Pacific Place and Shanghai Tang, where
you will find both modern western goods (at western prices) and typical Chinese
goods. In Kowloon's Nathan Road, the stores are located close to both sides of
the street, but prices here, as in main streets around the world, are generally
higher than in the rest of the city. The largest shopping centers are Harbor
City Mall and Festival Walks, where the most shopping-fix can easily spend all
Markets in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's most well-known market is undoubtedly Temple Street Night Market in
Kowloon, which is open daily from 7 am. 2000 to 2230. Here you will find most
everything from wheel whips, DVDs, books and silk ties to compass, small jade
buddha sharks or Homer Simpson steel lamps. Soar of the heart's desire. Stanley
Market on Southeast Hong Kong Island has much of the same at very reasonable
prices, open daily from 7am. 0900 to 1800. And while you might not be buying
anything at the Bird Garden or the Jade Market, it's definitely part of the Hong
Kong experience. Spring Garden Lane in Wan Chai is also a good place to find
clothes at very low prices.
Eating in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has literally thousands of eateries in all price ranges. If you
went for it, you could well have survived a week on a couple of hundred patches
if you restricted your diet to noodles and dim sum from the street stalls.
Alternatively, you can easily spend thousands of dollars on a single visit to
one of the city's more exclusive restaurants.
The restaurant offerings are of course dominated by Chinese cuisine, and
local Cantonese eateries are never many meters away. It is also Cantonese
restaurants that are most widely used in Europe, and consequently the Norwegians
most associate with the term kinamat, so the selection should be well known to
most. In addition to all seafood and meat dishes, soups, noodles and tofu are
also central to the local menu. Vegetarians also have a good offer in Hong Kong,
Chinese chefs are very inventive and good at cooking meat alternatives.
One of the main attractions that appeal to tourists is the huge floating
restaurant Jumbo, located at the port of Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island. The
interior may seem a bit screaming, like a sparkling neon temple in combination
with a Chinese casino, but it has been mostly full where most nights since
opening, so reservations are recommended.
Maybe you thought it would easily cost you a four-digit number to eat at a
Michelin starred restaurant? Not in Hong Kong! Here you can actually get a full
meal, with drinks for well under a hundred. Tim Ho Wan is called the place, and
the most expensive dish actually costs no more than about 30 kroner. This is by
no means a luxurious restaurant, more a small dim sum cafe with seating for
around 20, and the star is given solely based on the quality of the food.
Therefore, be prepared for queues and waiting times. Tim Ho Wan is located in
Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street in Mong Kok district. Read more.
Fast food in Hong Kong
The European influence over time is of course still present, even on
the restaurant front. You will find Italian, French, Indian and Greek
restaurants in Hong Kong, and all fast food restaurant chains like McDonald's,
Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King have long since established themselves.
You also have Hard Rock Cafe, Pizza Hut, TGI Fridays and Planet Hollywood, with
about the same menu offerings and price levels as the rest of the world.
Drinking in Hong Kong
Chinese beer like Yanjing, Harbin and Tsingtao are usually light and light, but
you will naturally find hundreds of English pubs where you get everything from
lukewarm ale and Guinness to Heineken and Hoegaarden. A pint usually costs at
least 40 kroner, so it is no cheap pleasure for Asia to be.
China has no tradition of wine production, and most products are not much to
shout for, although the trend has definitely been heading in the right direction
in recent years. Imported wine is available at most restaurants, but prices are
therefore considerably higher.