Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fa Yuen Street Markets

Getting there

You can walk from here to the Ladies Markets.

Taxi: Fa Yuen Street, Monkok

MTR: Monkok Station. Exit B3. Go up steep escalators to walkover bridge.  Exit to Fa Yuen Street markets.  You can see them on the left when you look down from the walkover bridge.




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The locals shop here.  Open from 10:30 am t0 10:30 pm. I did not see one tourist when I went here.   Some stalls have fixed prices which is easy. Hardly need to bargain here as the prices are very low. The stalls are set up on the road. Down each side on the footpath are row and rows of clothing and shoes shops. They are groovy, and cheap. The clothing shops had amazing clothes for all.  (See the 'Shopping in the Mongkok Area' for more info). If you keep walking down Fa Yuen Street you will reach the sports shoes section of the street.


What to buy


The markets had very few copy items here.  Lots of underwear, great bras, shirts, bags, umbrellas, toys, watches, non branded clothes, cashmere/pashmina shawls, shoes, food, camera cases, shoelaces.   

Prices 



Markets

Real Cashmere-pashminas 30HK ($3)
Beautiful lacy bras (the lady even measured me)  25-40HK ($3-$5)
Cath Kidston bags and wallets 40-50HK ($5-$6) (Ladies markets 60-80HK)
Camera bags-Golla brand 25HK ($3)
Cute fold bags 15HK ($2)
Nice Men's work bags 60-70HK ($9-$10) 
Men's surf bracelets 30HK ($3)
Calvin Klein underwear (great fit) 3 for 15HK ($2)

Side Clothing Shops



Stunning jackets 70-150HK

Most other clothes 70-100HK
($8-$12)
Diva like accessories 20-50HK

Shoes (latest designs) 70-150HK (10-$20)



Markets and shopping areas I haven't visited yet!



  • Goldfish markets located on Tung Choi street at the Price Edward Station end.
  •  Argyle Centre- Monkok located at Mongkok MTR.  Great for Teen fashion.  
  • A great link for future visits AllaboutHongkong.  
  • Sham Shui Po markets take MTR to Sham Shui Po. Exit A2 for Apliu Street, and also the Material district in Ya Chau Street is fun and interesting.  Belts, ribbons etc. Not so touristy and wonderful for photo opportunities. Take a cab there easy!   
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  • Golden Computer Centre take MTR Sham Shui Po Exit D2 for Golden Computer Arcade
  • Flower Markets and Yuen Po Street Bird Garden take  MTR to Prince Edward. Take exit B1 and follow Prince Edward Road West
  • Horizon Plaza -Biggest outlet shopping complex in Hong Kong.  They stock Lane Crawford, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu etc.  28 floors.  It is on Hong Kong Island and you will need to take a taxi from Central.  It is past the Stanley Markets.


  • Mens Markets (Temple Street)

    Getting there 

    Very close to the Jade Markets

    Taxi: Temple Street
    MTR: Jordan station Exit A. Turn left along Jordan Road to Temple Street which is 3rd street on right.
    Yau Ma Tei. Exit C. Turn left along Mang Ming Lane to Temple Street, 2nd on left.
    You will  see the stalls set up on the road.


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    The Men's markets open from 4:00pm-12 midnight daily but the best time to go is from 6:00pm onwards. On one side are a few prostitutes, but are harmless and not dangerous, too many people. On the other side are shops selling things at fixed prices.  At the end of the markets are street food restaurants set up full of locals and tourist.

    What to buy

    A selection of copy handbags, watches, clothing.  Also an array of knick knacks, tourist items, toys, artwork, underwear, electronics.  Down the footpath either side are little shops with some of the same things but much cheaper and no bargaining needed.
     

    Hints

    Bargaining is essential here.  The same deal as the Ladies Markets.  Not quite as crowded or big but a lot of fun and different things to buy.  More for the men, but girls things here as well.

    Prices

    Same prices as the Ladies Markets.
    Men's copy Tommy Hilfiger business shirts 40HK each. ($5)
    Binoculars in side shop 70HK. ($9) fixed price.
    Cree torch 40HK. ($5) fixed price
    Great phone cases 20HK. ($2) fixed price

    Jade Hawker Markets



    Getting there 


    Taxi: Jade Hawkers Markets, Kansu Street, Yau Ma Tei
    MTR: Jordan station, exit Jade Markets walk along Nathan Road away from Tsim Sha Tsui down the left hand side. Walk past Wing On department store and McDonalds. Turn left into Kansu street.  It is on your right in a small, low boring looking building. There is a big red Chinese arch out the front and a small sign with 'Jade Hawkers Markets' on the building.


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    The stalls start early, opening at 9:00am and close at about 6:00pm.  All stalls are open by 11:00am.  The first building with the red arch is the best if you like modern jewellery. The second building has more touristy, traditional Chinese items.







    What to buy

    There are pearls (real and shell based), stone necklaces in onyx, turquoise, bamboo coral, shell, stone, charms, silver, jade, porcelain.  Also bracelets, carved large groovy crosses, fake antiques, 1950's chinese posters, chinese new year statues and animals even flutes!  A wonderful place for gifts. 

    Hints

    Best time to arrive is about 11:00am onwards as all the stalls are open.  First building with the red arch contains a bigger selection.   Depending on the popularity and quality of the stall will depend on if you can bargain or not and by how much.  The old ladies tend to bargain more but have less selection.  You can bargain from 10% to 50% depending on the stall.  Just feel your way at each individual stall.  They are not as ruthless as the Ladies Markets and will negotiate at a more civilized pace.  If you walk away some will call you back and some will not.  Again, have in your head how much you want to pay in Australian dollars.

    Recommended stalls and prices:

    (of course there are many to choose from. These are ones we have experienced and are happy with)


    Mandy Poon's Stall and Charles stall opposite
    • Stall 387- Mandy Poon: (I have been to her twice in 2 years) Pearls, cultured and shell based.  Will make anything you ask for in about 30 minutes.  I took a photo of a pearl necklace and she copied it perfectly. Large shell based pearl necklace cost 200HK.($25) Lovely real pearl earrings 70HK. ($9) Lovely water pearl bracelets 80HK. ($10) Very little negotiating but great quality and very honest.  
    • Sandra Stall 381/447: Sister and brother run the stall.  Handmade sterling silver and pearl necklaces, bracelets, lanyard necklaces with pearls, groovy necklaces with small sterling silver detail.  Some very similar to Noosa 'Signatures' shop.  Very modern and groovy.  No negotiating with the brother so maybe wait for the sister to come back if she isn't there. Silver and pearl bracelets about 80HK each. ($10)
    • Stall 355/315- Chau Fung Ping: Really interesting chunky necklaces with wonderful beads.  Very reasonable price.  Bought chunky beaded necklace with carved butterfly, red wood symbols and black beads 70Hk, ($9). Very large turquoise cross which she put onto a black string 40HK ($5). Negotiate at this stall.
    • Stall 338: Dear old lady and man.  First stall you come across as you walk in.  Very cheap and cute shell necklaces. 40HK. ($5) Great gifts. Negotiate here as well.
    • Susanna Stall 297/248: Nice silver and pearls but expensive.
    • Stall 308/300- Eva Ho: Interesting stone necklaces.
    • Stall 374/375: Green jade flute and cute items. 80HK ($10) for flute
    • Stall 406/407-Charles: Beautiful quality stone necklaces for reasonable prices. Long stone, crystal necklace 70HK. ($9) Bargain at this shop.  He is opposite Mandy Poon.

    Ladies Markets

    Ladies Markets

    Getting there

    Taxi: Tung Choi Street, Monkok
    MTR: Monkok station, Exit D3


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    Four blocks of small stalls with a huge selection for everyone!  If you are going to Shen Zhen to shop then come here after you have been (if possible) as the prices here are dearer and the quality isn't as good but still great!  Fantastic for presents and last minute items and anything you forgot in LoWu/ShenZhen. Open from 12pm onwards.  In full swing by nightfall.  Weekends particularly busy as the cross roads are full of electronic shops and sports shoes.  Mainly tourists go to the Ladies Markets.

    What to buy

    Handbags, watches, T-shirts, wallets, shoes, jeans, underwear, sunglasses, jewellery.  Items similar to Ed Hardy, Tiffany, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, Tag, Diesel, Converse, True religion, Cath Kidston.... and the list goes on. You can also find pashminas, DVD's, soccer outfits, tourist T shirts,  iphone/ipad accessories, gadgets, dolls, clocks, belts, socks, toys and branded lycra bike gear.

    Hints

    Aim to pay what you are willing to pay in Australian dollars. Also go very low.  Recently we were bargaining down about 60% to 70% and then maybe going up another 5% depending on the stall holder and how much they are trying to rip you off.  If they don't accept your price that you are happy with, walk away!  They will call you back and if they don't you may have gone too low.  Don't worry, there will be more shops with the same things, or just go back.  Remember... you can always go up, but not down again. I often tell them the price I paid in Shen Zhen, as they will use this as a bargaining tool. Or tell them you are going to Shen Zhen tomorrow.


    Prices paid in 2010

    • T shirts similar to Ed Hardy 80hk ($10) (I actually found it easier at the Ladies Markets than Shen Zhen/Lo Wu as they were hanging up and easier to see.
    • Leather belts similar in design to Ed Hardy, Diesel, D&G belts starting at 180HK ($23) but bought for 80HK ($10) each.  They adjusted them for me as well.
    • Tiffany styled key with chain 50 HK. ($6) (I think only silver plated. Not as good quality as Shen Zhen/LoWu)
    • Bushnell type binoculars started at 200HK ($25) but bought for 80HK ($10)
    • Marc Jacobs inspired real leather pink fold over bag started at 200HK ($25) but bought for 130HK ($16)
    • Bags similar to Cath Kidston from 50HK-150HK ($6-$18) depending on size and stall.
    • Marc Jacobs inspired toiletry bag 50HK ($6)
    • Chinese wooden dolls 25HK ($3)
    • Pasminas 20-30HK depending on amount bought ($2-$3)
    • Underwear similar to diesel 15HK each ($2)
    • DVD 15HK each ($2)
    • Soccer sets with famous footballers names on backs 75HK (check sizes carefully) ($10)
    • Low quality handbags approximately 150HK ($20) 
    • Shoes from 75HK to 100HK ($10-$15)
    • Cartoon bags similar to Le Sportsac from 40HK-60HK ($5-$6)
    • Canvas shoes similar to converse about 100HK ($13)
    • Jeans similar to True Religion, Roc and Republic, Diesel about 200HK ($25) (small sizing but good quality) Much cheaper in Shen Zhen/LoWu. 

    Please note that all these prices were bargained down by different people so these prices aren't set in gold, they are just what we were happy to spend.