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Shopping on Hong Kong Island

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The main areas to visit here are Queens Road,Hennessy Road Central, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Ap Lei Chau and Stanley markets.
Central Many shops along Queens Road such as H&M
The Galleria Marco Jewellery (Maria's long standing jeweller)  Shop 220-1 2F, The Galleria, 9 Queens Road, Central. email:  Very reliable and beautiful quality at great prices compared to Australia.
IFC - shopping Complex  A very grand and spacious shopping centre similar to Harbour city.
"The Lanes"- Li Yuen Street - markets with the usual things.
Causeway Bay Update (October, 2012)

MTR causeway Bay

Forever 21Exit F
American branded clothing for mainly women and men.  6 levels of cheap, western clothing.  Check out their website.

Update 2012 Jardine's Crescent Exit F Causeway Bay MTR. No name clothes, accessories etc.  Great authentic markets as you turn left out of the main entrance of Forever 21.  Lots of cheap clothes, u…

Shopping in Sham Shui Po

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This area has different types of shopping dispersed over a large area.  There is the 'material district" and the "computer district", just to name a few.
Material DistrictGetting there MTR: Prince Edward. Exit D Taxi: Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po

What to Buy A massive area of wholesale material, buttons, zips, belts, lace, ribbons, elastic etc.  Lovely place to browse or buy.  They mainly sell to wholesalers.  A great area for photos.

Computer District(Golden Computer Centre)Getting There:  MTR: Sham Shui Po. Exit D2The Golden Computer Centre sells everything electronic from games to screens.

Shopping in Guangzhou

This section only provides info to shopping at the wholesale markets coming in from Kowloon by train.  This information is only in its infancy and I am sure there is a lot to be added but this is just what I have experienced.
Wholesale shopping in Guangzhou is not for the faint hearted! However, the selection and prices are incredible. I decided to hire a shopping guide which turned out to be wonderful.  I found her on Trip Advisor through the forums. The quality is so much better than Low Wu (Shen Zhen) and the prices are much much cheaper.  However, saying that, you may like to take into account the price for the hotel and train.   You need to plan and know exactly where you are going and staying.  English is not as widely spoken.  Guangzhou is a massive city and so it takes a long time to get anywhere in a taxi, especially from 5:00pm onwards.  
Visa- You cannot buy this visa at the border like Lo Wu (Shen Zhen).  This must be bought in Australia before hand or in Hong Kong.  It is n…

Eating and Drinking

Although I am sure this list could go on and on, here are a few recommended places that we have been to and have enjoyed.

Tsim Sha Tsui Area
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Intercontinental hotel- On the harbour opposite the Peninsular...for drinks and the view! Especially if you are there for the 8pm light show. Order the Cosmopolitan!

Peninsular Hotel- Salisbury Road- High Tea $40 per person

Peking Garden - For authentic Peking Duck with pancakes. As you walk towards harbour City from the Star Terminal, Lane Crawford is on your right, turn right before the entrance along the path way, past Starbucks and enter the building that says Star House.  It is on the Third Floor. This place is not cheap but worth it for the experience. It is often booked but they will tell you to come back in 20 minutes or so.  One Peking Duck with pancakes (just enough for a family of 4) 320HK ($41). We also ordered a few side dishes and drinks for a total of 616HK ($80)

Ashley Road Restaurants- (off Peking Road) The…

Citygate Outlet Shopping and the Big Buddha

Getting There:MTR: Tung Chung Station (takes 1/2 hour to get there)

Citygate is Hong Kong's outlet shopping mall.  Click on this official link to see the shops and map.  Citygate Outlets

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Nike Shop- Not a huge range of shoes or sizes.  make sure you know your prices. Women's 3/4 running lycras 199HK ($25) $80 in Australia. Zip up sleeveless vest 189HK ($23)  Nike basketball hi Tops 400HK ($50) Over $150 in Australia

Samsonite Shop-Amercian Tourist series, samsonite brand 538HK ($67) Pay over $159 in Australia at bag outlet shop.

Mango(MNG)clothing outlet. Owned by Zara. Tops 70HK ($10)

Pedder Shoes- Beautiful range of high quality brands including their own.  Dr Martens 400HK ($50)

Also high end clothing and handbags at very reasonable prices. 

The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monestary.
Check out their website for all the details. Big Buddha-Ngong Ping
You go up the escalators to the ticket office. 3 Adults were 507HK ($63) total cost. For so…