robes and nighties...
I found Balwin Linen and Arts quite by chance. They
carry a nice assortment of nightgowns and pajamas. The shop
is located at 37A Lock Road (Right behind Hyatt on Nathan
Road at Peking). Seems to be a family business, very nice
people and they spoke excellent English.
Karen Zabawa, Toronto, Canada
an eyeglass expert...
enjoy wearing glasses and own quite a few pairs. For funky,
stylish reliable products I offer your readers my favorite
shop -- Berlin Optical (Patterson Street, Causeway
Bay). They stock up-to-the-minute frames from all over the
world and you can even have your eyes tested by qualified
opticians there. Prices go from very reasonable to upmarket.
Jeannie Hau, Hong Kong Guide, Hong Kong
for Shanghai Tang...
Boy do I love Hong Kong! You probably already know all about
Shanghai Tang. Expensive, but such wonderful stuff!
Susan Spano, L.A. Times Travel Columnist, USA
Our favourite store in Hong Kong has to be Shanghai Tang
- just the smell of it is fabulous. Even if you are on a budget
you can buy matches for gifts to take home.
Lee Ridder and Jean Kelly, Melbourne Australia
Ed. note: I agree! Shanghai
Tang is my absolute favorite clothing shop in Hong Kong.
Their fashions for women (and men) are a wonderful blend of
Eastern and Western influences all presented in exciting vibrant
colours. My Shanghai Tang Mao-style white silk shirt is a
formal high point in my otherwise conservative
travel wardrobe. (The Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central)
All women were not created equal and in Hong Kong, Caucasian
gals generally will have a hard time finding underthings designed
to fit their bodies. But, at Marguerite Lees
your search for a sexy black bra is over. Shes got it!
(Two locations -- Peninsula Hotel and Harbour City).
P.S. Marks and Spencer (Central) will probably
also have your size but you will get much more practical styling.
Sian Griffiths, Director of Public Relations, The Peninsula,
kind of girls...
If youre a back-packing kind of girl, you will enjoy
checking out the Mountaineering Training Centre (Fa
Yuen Street, Monkok). They are one of the most reasonably
priced shops of this type in HK and they stock all matter
of hiking accessories including womens sturdy boots
and warm underwear.
Jeannie Hau, Tour Guide, Hong Kong
Time Square in Causeway Bay is a great place to find
everything under one roof in air-conditioned bliss. It is
divided into four levels: The Market (which includes City
Super Supermarket), Lane Crawford Place (which houses top
designer labels), The Atrium (which has a whole range of shops
including Tower Records and Marks & Spencer) and a top
level devoted to eateries serving a variety of local and international
Pacific Place is another mall worth visiting. In addition
to all the major stores and a mix of Asian and Western fast
food outlets, bistros and wine bars, Pacific Place also houses
Seabee department store with the fabulous international Coo
food hall. Located above the mall are the Corned, Island Shangri-La
Hotel, and Marietta, all of which offer delicious teas for
the weary woman shopper.
Both of these shopping plazas can be reached by MTR. -- Causeway
Bay station for Times Square, and Admiralty Station for Pacific
Fiona Campbell, Author of Setting
Up in Hong Kong
Tip -- Good shopping gets even better...
The shopping in Hong Kong
is wonderful but it gets even better twice a year during sale
times. Many female travellers time their visits here to coincide
with these shopping extravaganzas. To really shop till you
drop I suggest the summer sales in June and July as
well as Chinese New Year sales in February and March.
Expect exciting discounts of between 40-80% on just about
everything! P.S. You can
also expect hot, hot, hot weather during the summer and an
average temperature of between 15-20 degrees Celsius (with
occasional drops to about 5 degrees Celsius, so be prepared)
in February and March.
Mandy Lo, Public Relations, HKTB, Hong Kong
buy pearls if they are displayed to you on black velvet.
Know why? It makes the pearls look more lustrous than they
really are. Instead, ask the merchant to place them on a yellow
background and see how luminous they appear that way.
(Wendy Nesbitt, Professional Shopping Escort, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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