Can’t decide where to go this Winter? Try Hong Kong. A vibrant melting pot of culture and commerce, Hong Kong has something for everyone, whether you’re a first-time traveller or seasoned globetrotter. And if you want to take home one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or treat yourself to a well-deserved New Year’s break, these are the spots your “To Visit” list shouldn’t do without. Best of all, they’re in Hong Kong!
If you like things cool and hip, the best place to start is PMQ. Named after its previous incarnation as the “Police Married Quarters,” this 18,000-square-metre area is now home to hundreds of enterprises engaged in the design, IT and creative industries. This is clearly reflected in the sleek, modern buildings around the site, as well as the sheer volume of art galleries and shops.
Do check out the unique shops like Three Artisans in the Hollywood Wing that offers bespoke glasses, traditional Chinese clothes with a twist by Janko, and beautifully crafted Christmas gifts for your loved ones back home. There’s also Kapok, where you can purchase cool lifestyle items from Hong Kong and beyond, and , where you can grab sassy T-shirts to show off your personality.
To get a glimpse into PMQ’s history, book a walk-in tour of the Underground Interpretation Area, formed from the old foundations of Victoria College, Hong Kong’s first Western school for primary and secondary level Chinese students. Or check out the PMQ calendar for exciting, special events open to everyone. These events regularly feature exhibitions by creatives from around the world, so feel free to stop by if you love art.
From now till December 31, 2016, join the PMQ Tourist Privilege Programme and redeem your coupon booklet for a more enjoyable shopping experience. Simply present any valid ID or overseas travel document to official PMQ members and staff, and you’re good to go!
Those who like souvenirs would do well to visit Gough Street. Stylish and hip boutiques, funky retailers, quirky finds — you name it, this neighbourhood has it.
At Homeless, you can customize furniture from scratch with the help of the in-house designers. Homeless also carries over 30 international brands of trendy designer furniture if you prefer readymade pieces.
For the special man in your life, get him a present from Mr. Blacksmith. This store carries practical, frills-free items like lettered key hooks, steel clips, Victoria & Albert hammers, and home furnishings that add a nice touch to any masculine abode.
If you or someone you know, loves fashion, Tikka and Bohemian are the places to go for edgy apparels and accessories that were featured in pages of major fashion magazines, while Bohemian remains true to its name with its stacks of gypsy skirts, pashminas, scarves, and more.
Another place fashionistas shouldn’t miss out on is Granville Road. Packed to the brim with budget and mid-priced youth street labels, this Tsim Sha Tsui street is a haven for anyone who loves branded items at wallet-friendly prices.
The Rise Shopping Arcade, in particular, is best visited between 4 and 8:30 P.M.. You’ll need a good eye and a truckload of patience to make the most of your time here, but once you’re done shopping, you can have an ensemble worthy of a Glamour photo shoot.
Five minutes away from the Arcade is Kimberley Road, home to some of the most gorgeous wedding dresses and photography in Hong Kong.
Also known as Fa Yuen Street, Sneakers Street is arguably the sneakers capital of the world. With sneakers of all brands, styles, and colours, this street has been a magnet for young, image-conscious customers since the 1980s. In fact, NBA star LeBron James himself has been spotted in this place. For the latest, limited edition sneakers from around the globe, Sneakers Street is the No. 1 destination.
Of all the shopping malls in Hong Kong, Harbour City is the largest and most diverse. Tucked beside the breathtaking Victoria Harbour, this mall hosts over 450 shops, 50 food and beverage outlets, and a wide variety of entertainment and sightseeing options.
If you want to visit Harbour City, the best time to do so is Christmas. Around that time, the mall is decked with lights and decorations, making it a stunning sight to behold. For your kids, Harbour City has over 40 child-friendly outlets including Armani Junior, Baby Dior, Burberry Children, Petit Bateau and the largest Toys “R” Us store in Asia.
Also, cap off your Harbour City visit with the Family Fun for Tourist @ Harbour City promo. If you present a valid overseas passport, you can redeem a “Tourist Special Privileges from Harbour City” booklet, plus a “Tourist Privilege Card,” at Harbour City’s Shopping Care Centre, and enjoy up to 180 shopping and dining perks. The promo runs only until December 31, 2016, so grab this opportunity while it lasts.
Another place to shop and celebrate this Christmas is Times Square. Between November 24, 2016 and January 1, 2017, The Times Square White Christmas event is bringing a spectacular experience with snow in Hong Kong. You can put on the snowshoes provided, shoot snowballs, build snowmen, try skiing and sliding, and enjoy an all-around white Christmas. Plus, there will be light shows accompanied by specially arranged Christmas songs to get you into the Yuletide spirit. Don’t forget to enter the Christmas Instant Lucky Draw from 1 – 27 December upon designated spending!
There’s definitely no lack of activities to enjoy in Hong Kong. Once you’re done shopping, head over to the Peak Tower, or drive to the promenade at Tsim Sha Tsui along the Kowloon side to enjoy the panoramic night view of Victoria Harbour that will put a spell on you! What’s more, you can book a ride with the Star Ferry, where you can marvel at the harbour and cityscape in all its glory.