This is the city (or we can say a country) where we have lived from 2006 to 2008 for some opportunities, and now we have come back again for other opportunities since 2015.
Hong Kong is a small country which never sleeps, with a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of almost eight million people, is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, so in simple word, everywhere you can find lots of people & tall building !!!
I will start with Mongkok, one of the famous area in Hong Kong for SHOPPING !!, you are not going to Hong Kong without shopping, and you will buy something because of so many attractive things around this area.
The district is characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops and restaurants at street level and commercial or residential units above. Major industries in Mong Kok are retail, restaurants (including fast food) and entertainment.
With its extremely high population density of 130,000 people per km2 or 340,000 people per sqm, Mongkok was described as the busiest district in the world by the Guinness World Records.
Mong Kok preserves its traditional characteristics with an array of markets, small shops, and food stalls that have already disappeared from other areas in Hong Kong over the past several decades of economic developments. As such, a few of these streets in Mong Kok have acquired interesting nicknames reflecting their own characteristics.
Some interesting sites are:
1. Ladies’ Street (女人街, Ladies’ market on Tung Choi Street) – This market specializes in women’s clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and the like. It is open daily from noon to 00.00 a.m. at Tung Choi Street on the east of Nathan Road. Typically, where there is a market, there are also food stalls selling noodles, seafood, and congee for mid-afternoon or late-night snacks. A grocery market is also located in the vicinity, convenient for consumers searching from a diverse range of items; ranging from vegetables to clothing.
2. Sai Yeung Choi Street South, (西洋菜南街) – A street full of shops selling consumer electronic products, cosmetics, and discount books, the last of which are usually located on the lower floors above the ground floor of buildings.
3. Fa Yuen Street (花園街, sometimes referred to as 波鞋街, which means Sneakers Street) – This is a small neighborhood with many small retailers which sell sports equipment and clothing. It has a wide diversity of sports shoes, including many shoes of rare or special editions from different places.
Flower Market Road (花墟道) – This is a street market near the Mong Kok East MTR Station with lots of flower shops and street hawkers showing colorful displays, the sweet scents and the exotic blossoms of many houseplants.
4. Dundas Street (登打士街) marks the southern boundary of the shopping area in eastern Mong Kok. Ho King Shopping Centre, Ka Lok Shopping Arcade and Trendy Zone are major shopping centers on the street. Various kinds of food shops concentrate on this street. Dundas street joins the shopping area of Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Tung Choi Street, and Fa Yuen Street; Kwong Wah Hospital also situated on the street. Across Nathan Road, the section in the western Mong Kok is relatively quiet and there are many cafésabove street levels in several buildings.
5. Kwong Wa Street (廣華街), between Dundas Street and Yim Po Fong Street, is famous for shops selling air-soft guns, RC racing, modeling and other hobby equipment.
6. Goldfish Street (金魚街) or Goldfish Market – Centered around the section of Tung Choi Street, north of Bute Street. There are dozens of shops and hawkers selling various tropical freshwater or marine fish. Different types of aquarium equipment can also be found there. This market opens very early in the morning.
7. Temple Street (廟街, sometimes referred to as Men’s Street), extending into Jordan, is also in the area, however, the area famous for the Hong Kong specific goods are only in the section between Yau Ma Tei and Jordan.
8. Portland Street (砵蘭街) – A famous de facto red-light district in Hong Kong.
9. Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (園圃街雀鳥花園) – Yuen Po Street Bird Garden is a beautiful Chinese-style garden located at Yuen Po Street in Prince Edward, on the other side of Nathan Road in Mongkok, Hong Kong. Apart from its beautifully-landscaped gardens, the 3,000-square meter park is also known for its 70 stalls selling a variety of birds, exquisitely-crafted bamboo cages, and another bird-keeping accouterment.
It is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Its main entrance is facing Boundary Street with another entrance along Yuen Po Street. It can be reached by taking MTR to Prince Edward Station Exit B1. Walk along Prince Edward Road west towards the Mongkok Stadium for about 15 minutes.
10. Tile Street (瓷磚街) – This is a section of Portland Street near Argyle Street and Bute Street with more than 50 retailers selling materials for construction or renovation, such as tiles, wallpaper, window frames, and bathtubs.
Some popular shopping plazas are located in this dense area, including:
1. Sino Centre (信和中心) – In this plaza, there are many products about Japanese cartoons, such as Video CDs, DVDs, and comics. Besides that, there are shops selling music CD albums, including ones by Hong Kong, Japanese, and western pop singers. The center also hosts several Japanese style karaoke booths which can be booked by the hour.
2. Sim City 星際城市 Located at the heart of Mong Kok, shops in SimCity sells multiplex products and the tidal current goods with a great reputation, including different kind of computer products, accessories, software, magazine, digital products, cameras, etc.
3. Ho King Shopping Centre (好景商場)– In this plaza, you can find many products having to do with computer and video games. They are sold for relatively low prices compared with other shops. The fourth floor of the plaza is infamous for being formerly the biggest base of pornographic CDs and DVDs.
4. Grand Century Place (新世紀廣場) – This is a new plaza next to the Mong Kok East MTR station. Most of the famous-brand and popular shops can be found here.
5. Mong Kok Computer Centre (旺角電腦中心 )– This three-story computer mall has around 50 to 70 computer shops. They sell various kinds of products including laptops, software, hardware and computer accessories.
6. Langham Place (朗豪坊) – This shopping mall/hotel/office complex opened in 2004 in central Mong Kok. Built according to the Hong Kong Government urban redevelopment scheme, and at 59 stories high, it is the tallest landmark in Mong Kok.
Argyle Centre (旺角中心) – This usually crowded center, located next to the Mong Kok MTR station, has three floors of shops selling low-priced clothes and shoes, plastic toys and heavy metal CD’s.
Other streets in the area include:
Bute Street (弼街), named after John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom between 1762 and 1763. It may also have been named after the Scottish peerage of the same name, following the naming pattern of several other streets in the area.
The Mong Kok area has many curb-side “food-booths”. Most of them sell traditional snacks such as fish balls, fried beancurd (tofu) and various dim sum. These snacks and “finger food” are very popular in Hong Kong, especially for folks on the run.
Causewaybay is a heavily built-up area of Hong Kong, located on Hong Kong Island, and covering parts of Wan Chai and Eastern districts. The Chinese name is also romanized as Tung Lo Wan as in Tung Lo Wan Road (銅鑼灣道).
The rent in the shopping areas of Causeway Bay was ranked as the world’s most expensive for the second year in a row, after overtaking New York’s Fifth Avenue in 2012.
Causeway Bay or East Point is one of Hong Kong’s major shopping districts. It includes the 13-story Japanese department store Sogo and Times Square, an indoor shopping complex.
Times Square and BANDAI (H.K.) jointly present the (Gundam Docks at Hong Kong) exhibition, featuring the stunning RX-78-2 Gundam versus Char’s Zaku II in a scale of 1:3, the largest Gundam ever showcased outside Japan.
Date : 25 July, 2013 ~ 1 September, 2013
There are also smaller malls such as World Trade Centre, Windsor House, Hang Lung Centre, Fashion Island, Fashion Walk, Lee Gardens and Lee Gardens Two. Causeway Bay is one of the most crowded areas in Hong Kong since it contains many trendy shops carrying both locally made fashion and products from Japan, Europe, and the United States. As such, it is a popular social spot for young people.
Many shops are open until well after midnight.
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