|The words variety and Hong Kong shopping go hand-in-tote bag. And that’s not just in the range of goods on offer, but in the countless ways you can find and buy them. Whether you’re a ‘mallster’ or a market hound, there’s plenty to choose from in Asia’s world city.
This private walking excursion is designed to offer a distinctive experience to browse and shop in one of Hong Kong Island’s oldest settlement in the Mid-Level and Central Districts.
We begin the excursion by ascending on the escalator (world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system) from Central to the Mid-Level.
Our first stop is Upper Lascar Row (“Lascars” were seamen from South Asia) better known as Cat Street – a narrow alley in Mid-Levels that runs parallel to Hollywood Road on the north side. It is a straight alley measuring over 509 feet where you can find such treasures, within its fantastic congregation of antique dealers, curio merchants and art galleries. This is also the place to go for bargains in jade, silk products, embroideries and wooden handicraft items.
Next we take a short stroll to the nearby PMQ passing the celebrated Man Mo Temple built in 1847.
The PMQ (literally meaning Police Married Quarters) is a site with several layers of historical significance being a number of school and colleges from 1889 to being the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters in 1951. In 2009 the site was listed as one of eight projects under ‘Conserving Central…renamed as PMQ’, the site is now a hub for design and creative industries.
Afterwards we continue along Hollywood Road lines with more antiques, curio shops and art galleries and head from the buzzing Central District where we visit the flagship store of Shanghai Tang in Duddell Street – a meticulously decorated store sprinkled with beautiful craftsmanship and a great go-to for hip Chinoiserie. Keeping in line with Shanghai Tang’s unique way of blending traditional Chinese elements with contemporary style, the 15,000-square-meter shop welcomes customers with a custom-made crystal chandelier that symbolizes longevity.