Wan Chai Computer Center

This two-storey shopping center offers wide range of computer-related products in lower prices. Wan Chai Computer Center is smaller than Golden Computer Center, but it is less crowded than the latter and is easier to shop in. There are some staffs who can speak basic English, which is a plus for non-Chinese tourists. Be careful, though, with buying expensive products. I've been advised that Wan Chai Computer Center offers items at cheaper prices because they are sometimes defective. The products have warranty but it is troublesome for tourists to replace the purchased defective item after going back to their hometown. If you're worried about buying defective items, simply buy less expensive products such as hard disk drive, mouse, or laptop sleeves.

How to get there: Wan Chai MTR station, Exit A4, turn left

Address: 130 Hennesy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Asahiya Bookstore

Japanese MagazinesCredit: Rainy Kua

some magazines that I've bought

Any anime fan or Japanese fanatic will drool over this bookstore's vast collection of Japanese books. It sells a wide range of books which include manga (comics), novels, self-help books, cookbooks, children's books, and women's magazines! There are some couches in the store where you can sit back while enjoying the books. What I love about Asahiya are the women's magazines. Aside from being attracted to the magazines' cutesy layout, I love the free items bundled with them! I cannot read Japanese, but I went to the bookstore twice in my single trip to Hong Kong. Also, inside the store is a small cafe where your bored companions can wait for you and unwind with a cup of coffee.

How to get there: Causeway Bay MTR station, Exit D2. There are several entrance doors to the mall. I would usually enter through the entrance along the Great George Street. The nearest escalator from there is up to 6th or 7th floor only and you would have to take the elevator to reach the top floor.

Address: 11/F Sogo Department Store, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway bay, Hong Kong

The Peak/Victoria Peak

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the tramcar travelling upward

the Peak Tower

The Peak is a mountain and a popular tourist spot in Hong Kong. There are two ways to get to The Peak: through bus and through the Peak Tram. If you're going to visit Hong Kong, Peak Tram is definitely one of the things you shouldn't miss! This century-old tramway is safe and has been upgraded several times. The trams travel about six meters per second at full speed. I've taken the bus only when the Peak Tram was out of service. I had fun in my bus ride, but it wouldn't match the tramcar ride.

At the summit:

Once you've reached the top, you can spend half of your day (or the rest of your day) shopping or eating out at the Peak Tower and the Peak Galleria. Check out the Sky Terrace, the highest panoramic viewing platform in Hong Kong located at the Peak Tower. You can use your Octopus Card to get through the entrance. You can also purchase the Peak Tram Sky Pass to avail the Great Peak Offers card that gives you special discounts at 30 selected establishments. If you prefer nature over shopping, you can proceed to the park to enjoy the outdoors.

How to get there: Central MTR station, Exit J2. Walk along Garden Road for about 15 minutes.

Address: Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus, Central, Hong Kong

Toi Hokkaido Rice Pizza

Toi Rice PizzaCredit: Rainy Kua

Toi's food presentation is really nice!

Toi is a Japanese restaurant that offers unique and yummy foods. The foods are very nicely presented, which makes them even more mouthwatering. Other than the rice pizza, I haven't got a chance to taste other foods on their menu, which I truly regret. Nevertheless, I am awfully satisfied with their rice pizza and I can't wait taste it once again! A warning though: they are very expensive and I've read in forums that some people complain about their poor service. I've only been to the Sha Tin mall branch. The staff there was nice but it took them about 30 minutes to serve our food. The Causeway Bay branch (at Excelsior Plaza) always has a long queue (which could mean that it's probably a high-quality branch). If you're a pizza and/or a rice lover, this restaurant is a must-try.

Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard

Parklane Shopper's Blvd.Credit: Rainy Kua

some of the stores at Park Lane Shopper's Blvd.

Beside Kowloon Park lies Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard, a series of brand stores along Nathan Road. You can shop for clothes, luggage, bags, shoes, watches and hair accessories as you walk to or from Harbour City (a popular mall on Canton Road). Some stores that you can find there are Babila, Geox, G2000, Yue Hua Outlet, Ashworth, Tissot, and Swarovski.

How to get there: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, Exit A1.

Address: 111-181 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

List of Shops in Parklane Shopper's Boulevard

The Parklane Shopper's Boulevard doesn't have a website and I can't find a complete list of shops anywhere on the internet. For your convenience, I made some research and came up with my own list. This is not the complete list, and I can't guarantee its accuracy, as some of the shops may have closed down or moved to some other place.

If I have missed any store, or if there are any errors in the list, please let me know in the comment box so I can update my list.

  • Acupuncture London
  • Aimer (lingerie)
  • Alexander III (men's wear)
  • Ashworth
  • Babila
  • Belle
  • Charcoal Grey (ladies' wear)
  • Chevignon
  • Choi Fung Hong
  • Chow Sang Sang
  • Chow Tai Fook (jewellery)
  • City Chain
  • Clarks
  • Cobo
  • Crocodile
  • Exclusive
  • Fancl House
  • Fila
  • Fortress (appliances)
  • G2000
  • Geox
  • Hush Puppies
  • Jipi Japa (footwear and bags)
  • Lacoste
  • Lam Chan Kee (accessories)
  • Luk Fook Jewellery
  • Michel Rene
  • Millie's (women's footwear)
  • New Vision
  • Polo Santa Roberta (bags)
  • Prince Fur Co.
  • Pro Cam-Fis
  • Regina Miracle (lingerie)
  • Royal Sporting House
  • Sasa
  • Satchi 2 (bags, belt, luggage)
  • Skechers
  • Sphere (travel bags)
  • Staccato
  • Swarovski
  • Tissot
  • Tough Jeansmith
  • Tse Sui Luen Jewellery
  • Tung Fong Hung
  • Union (footwear)
  • Veeko
  • Walker Shop
  • Woo Ping Co.
  • Yue Hwa Outlet
  • Zhong Qiao (Chinese medicine)


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a Bossini store

I live in a third world country, so I guess if I tell you that a particular brand is very affordable, it is really affordable. Bossini is among the most affordable brands I've encountered in Hong Kong. Bossini offers shirts in variety of colors. Most of them are just plain, others are striped. Of course there are also some more attractive clothes but they're in a bit higher prices. For the past few years that I've visited Hong Kong during the Christmas season, the plain and striped shirts had barely left the shelves. I kept seeing them each year. I guess that increases the chances of getting the same shirts as hundreds of other Bossini buyers. Most people would avoid bumping into a stranger wearing the same clothes as they do. But I think plain clothes are safe and are must-haves in your wardrobe. I had bought some blouses there at prices ranging from HK$49 to HK$99. So, if you want some plain, affordable, and good quality clothing, get them at Bossini.


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Uniqlo logo

I heard about Uniqlo for the first time during my trip to Japan a few years ago. Our local tour guide introduced the store to us and told us that Uniqlo is a very popular and affordable brand in Japan. I was ecstatic when I learned that Uniqlo had opened some branches in Hong Kong! Uniqlo stores are huge and they offer vast collections of clothing. Their products are of high quality which include shirts, blouses, underwear, sportswear, sweat pants, jeans, cardigans, sweaters, belts, and the list goes on. They also have special tops with sun protection (I'm not sure how many UPF they have though). In every mall that I've visited in Hong Kong, I would always look for Uniqlo. That's how I love the brand. I highly recommend it.

From Tokyo to Manila
On June 15, 2012, Uniqlo opened its very first store in the Philippines. It has an overwhelming 4,000 customers on the opening day!


(also referred to as Gashapon)

GachaponCredit: Rainy Kua

Gachapon vending machines at Ocean Park

Gachapons are Japanese miniature toys enclosed in egg-shaped capsules sold in vending machines. You will see several of these vending machines lined up outside convenience stores and in toy stores. They are usually around HK$10 - HK$18 (cheaper than the ones in my country!). To purchase a toy, you simply insert coins into the slot and turn the knob until an egg capsule falls to the tray. In some machines, you can only purchase with your Octopus card. The fun part is you get the capsules at random. If you happen to get the "ugly" toy, you will tend to insert more coins until you get the toy you've been eyeing. I go crazy every time I see Gachapons. I just love these high-quality toys which are mostly from Japanese cartoons and anime. Some adults are avid collectors of these toys. I advise you not to purchase from machines stationed on the streets. I saw a kid who inserted coins in a machine outside 7-11 and didn't get any toy from it. I prefer the ones in Harbour City's Toys "R" Us and at Ocean Park.

Note: Gachapons are also available in some stores where you get to choose the toy you want. If you hate getting the wrong toys from vending machines, try purchasing from these stores instead.

Langham Place Shopping Mall

Langham Place Shopping MallCredit: Rainy Kua

the entrance to Langham Place Shopping Mall

In one of my trips to Hong Kong, I accidentally found this 15-storey mall while I was strolling around Mongkok. I was astounded and impressed by the mall's unique architectural designs. It has the longest escalators in the area, known as Xpresscalators. Even the fearful cheerfulnuts rode on those escalators! Check out The Spiral, which is a fascinating section of the mall. You can shop there as you slowly spiralled up (or down) the stairs. Another great reason not to miss this mall is that tourists can get discounts and exclusive offers! Simply present your travelling documents to the Customer Service Ambassadors to avail the LP Card for Tourists. Hong Kong surely knows how to welcome her tourists.

How to get there: Mongkok MTR station, Exit C3.

Address: 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Harbour City

Harbour CityCredit: Rainy Kua

Harbour City

Harbour City is located at the coast of Kowloon Peninsula. Aside from getting to view the beautiful scenery of the Victoria Harbour when you get there, you can also shop and eat in hundreds of establishments that Harbour City houses. This is a must-visit place especially during the Christmas season. I love the mall's cute Christmas theme that changes every year. Outside the mall, there are also numerous shops where you can visit on your way back to hotel.

How to get there: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, Exit A1. Go to Haiphong Road and walk straight until you reach Canton Road where you will see The Gateway (a part of Harbour City).

Address: 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Sai Kung Town

Sai KungCredit: Rainy Kua

Sai Kung offers variety of fresh seafoods.
You get to choose your own food right from
the tanks, and tell the staff how to cook them.

It offers variety of FRESH seafoods. You get to choose your own food right from the tanks, and tell the staff how to cook them. Each dish has a labor fee. If you're on a budget but still want to try their seafood, you can pick just one or a couple of dish that you love the most (so that you will only have to pay smaller amount of fee). You may order rice if you want, but I prefer eating them without rice.

How to get there: Go to Diamond Hill MTR Station, Exit C2. You will see the mall Plaza Hollywood. Go to the bus terminal on the left. Take route KMB 92/96R.

Address: Sai Kung, New Territories

Citygate Outlets

Citygate OutletsCredit: Rainy Kua

What's special about this mall is that it offers huge discounts all year round! It houses several international brands. However, you might not find some of your favorite stores here. In addition, I notice that some stores do not have the latest items. It didn't really matter to me because I'm more concerned about the quality, not the latest fashion trends. And if I could buy quality brands in very low prices, I would surely get them with a huge smile on my face. Check out the official website to see their list of stores. If you find some brands that you really love, include this place in your IT. Otherwise, you wouldn't really enjoy this place.

How to get there: Tung Chung MTR Station, Exit C (beside Ngong Ping 360)
Address: 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau

Po Lin Monastery/Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan BuddhaCredit: Rainy Kua

regardless of your belief, a trip to
Tian Tan Buddha is highly recommended

You’re visit to HK wouldn't feel Asian if you haven't seen the Big Buddha in Po Lin Monastery. Not the biggest in the world, but it still is big! You will have to climb flights of stairs though, so be prepared to catch your breath to see this breathtaking view.

How to get there: Tung Chung MTR Station, Exit C. Take the Lantao Bus 23 or take the Ngong Ping Cable Car (the station is visible from the Exit C).
Address: Ngong Ping, Lantau Island

Chi Lin Nunnery/Nan Lian Garden

Chi Lin NunneryCredit: Rainy Kua

you can enjoy this serene view within the bustling city

At the center of a city lies a small Japanese garden. You'll see a small pagoda and a bridge, bonsais, and a small pond with kois in it! NO entrance fee! You can drop by to take some gorgeous pictures.

How to get there: Go to Diamond Hill MTR Station, Exit C2 (you will see Plaza Hollywood in front), go right and cross the street, go left and you will see the entrance (don't worry, there are signs to guide you)
Address: Diamond Hill, Kowloon

Avenue of Stars

Avenue of StarsCredit: Rainy Kua

a statue

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Hollywood Walk of Fame? Do you like HK films and HK celebrities? If you said yes to both, then you might consider visiting Avenue of Stars. This is just like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While you walk along the bay, take some pictures of yourself with you favorite actors' hand prints. Feel them if you want. Don't forget to check the legend Bruce Lee's statue.

How to get there: East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, Exit J
Address: along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Kowloon

Golden Shopping Center

Are you a computer geek? Yes? Then don't miss this place! You will be overwhelmed by the variety of products you'll see here. It's like a tiangge (market) - packed with people, noisy, small space. Not a romantic place to walk hand-in-hand with your girlfriend (although you will definitely have to hold hands in this crowded place). You'll see computer parts, game consoles, laptops, laptop cases, laptop table, blank cds, HDD's, flash disks, and the list goes on. You can buy here almost any gadget that you'll want/need.
How to get there: Go to Sham Shui Po MTR station, Exit D2 (it's the building across the street)
Address: Sham Shui Po, Kowloon

Repulse Bay

Repulse BayCredit: Rainy Kua

you can see some buildings at the shore

If you're going to the famous Stanley Market, why not drop by to this place first? You can take pictures of the beach, and the Kwun Yam Shrine at the east. Other than that, there's nothing really much to do here.

How to get there: Go to Central MTR station, Exit A. Proceed to Exchange Square. Take Bus 6/6A/6x/260.
Address: Southern District, Hong Kong

Stanley Market

As the name implies, it's a market. You can find clothes, scarves, hair accessories, souvenirs and the like. However, as ironic as it may sound, the prices are quite high, considering the things aren't quality brands. I was suprised when I saw an item I had bought in my country selling twice or even thrice at Stanley. Not really worth your money.
How to get there: Go to Central MTR station, Exit A. Proceed to Exchange Square. Take Bus 6/6A/6x/260.
Address: Southern District, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland ParadeCredit: Rainy Kua

the parade in December, 2011

This is the first Disneyland I’ve ever visited in my entire life. When I first set foot on this place, I was almost in tears. Well, I’m exaggerating. It’s smaller compared to other Disneylands, but if you love Mickey and friends, this is a place not to miss! 

How to get there: Go to Sunny Bay MTR station.
Address: Sunny Bay, Lantau Island

Ocean Park

If you asked any Hong Konger what is a good place to visit, they'll definitely tell you to go to Ocean Park. I've been to this place a couple of times in the 1990's. I went back after almost two decades and I can say the park has improved a lot.
Address: Ocean Park, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
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