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Kowloon is an urban peninsula on the mainland part of Hong Kong, to the north of Hong Kong Island, where the central business district is. The mountains that overlook Kowloon account for eight of Kowloon's nine dragons while, as the story goes, the ninth dragon refers to the emperor who counted them. Of the eight mountains that overlook the crowded city, the most famous is Lion Rock, which when seen from the right angle, really does deserve its name. With over 2.1 million people living in an area of less than 47 square kilometres, Kowloon is one of the most densely populated places on the planet, and has a matching array of places to shop, eat and sleep. Tsim Sha Tsui pronounced "Tzeem Sah Jeui", the tip of the peninsula, is Kowloon's main tourist drag and has a mix of backpacker and high-end hotels. Further north, Mong Kok has a huge choice of shops and markets in an area of less than a square kilometre. "Kowloon side", as it is often known, managed to escape some of the British colonial influences that characterise "Hong Kong Island" side. While prices on Kowloon side tend to be cheaper, it is also less tourist-friendly and English proficiency is not as strong as on the Hong Kong side. (less...) (more...)

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The Kowloon Waterfront offers splendid views of the Hong Kong Island shore and skyline. This is the best place to experience the classic view of Hong Kong, and nobody on their first trip here should miss out on promenading along the waterfront. The best views are at night when the lights of global capitalism provide a powerful spectacle. If you are not proficient with night-time photography, you can pay a modest sum for a professional to take your photograph against one of the world's most iconic backdrops.

Start at the Star Ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, where cruise ships berth at Ocean Terminal. Visitors can not help but be impressed by the spectacle and majesty of 40,000 tonne cruise liners parked in the heart of the city. Begin your walk by inspecting the historic clock tower, which is all that remains of a railway station that once took colonial officials back to London via the Trans-Siberian railway.

If you continue your stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, you will soon find yourself walking along Hong Kong's version of Hollywood's walk of fame, the Avenue of Stars. Look down to see where so many local film stars have pawed the wet concrete. You might not recognise their names, but it shows how big Hong Kong's film industry is. The experience is targeted at tourists from mainland China and the piped music gives it a slightly cheesey feel, but the statue of film legend Bruce Lee provides a photo opportunity even for those who know little about Cantonese cinema.

Every night at 8PM there is a colourful light show that is staged atop the key buildings on both sides of the harbour, dubbed A Symphony Of Lights. On Monday evenings, spectators can listen to the show's music and English narration live at the Avenue of Stars, on radio on FM103.4 MHz or by calling 35 665 665.

After visiting the Kowloon waterfront you can take the Star Ferry (it's a truly amazing experience) to Hong Kong Island, getting an excellent view of the skyline in the process.

  • Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple (嗇色園黃大仙祠), next to Wong Tai Sin MTR Station, is the most popular Taoist temple in Hong Kong. This is where many people ask for divine guidance by a practice known as kau cim (求籤), a practice that has all but disappeared in mainland China. Entrance is free, though voluntary donations are welcome.
  • Built in the 1950s, the Shek Kip Mei Estate is one of the few remaining places where you can grasp the living conditions of Hong Kong during the 50s and 60s. Despite the march of progress promulgated by the Urban Renewal Authority, there are still a few blocks of flats remaining from the 1950s, which are still occupied. Walk from Shek Kip Mei MTR Station.

Museums and exhibitions

  • Dialogue in the Dark, Shop 215, 2/F, The Household Centre, Nob Hill, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo,  +852 2310 0833. T-Su 10AM–7:30PM. An exhibition in complete darkness. Experience five different Hong Kong themed environments using your non-visual senses with the help of a visually impaired guide. Reservations are recommended.
  • Hong Kong Cultural Centre (香港文化中心), 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui,  +852 2734 2009. Opened in 1989 and in a prominent position on the waterfront, it is a contender for being the most famous ugly building in Hong Kong. However, if you are a lover of the arts, don't judge this building by its bland exterior; inside the architects have created a superb space that really does justice to the sights and sounds of each performance.
  • Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, Kowloon Park, Haiphong Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui,  +852 2208 4400. Free.
  • Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui,  +852 2721 0116. M-W, F-Sa 10AM-6PM. A fascinating, strange and elusive place. The entrance lies up one floor, mimicking the “temple” approach to the high altar of culture and art. Once you arrive on the first floor, you are bathed in light from the wall of glass that gives you a panoramic view of Hong Kong Island. The objects on show are Chinese ceramics, terracotta, rhinoceros horn and Chinese paintings. There is also a temporary exhibition space devoted to items from their own collection with additional lent material. There is also space for contemporary art produced by Hong Kong artists, most of whom have moved away from the traditional Chinese art forms to fusion art with North American and British influence, reflecting Hong Kong's colonial past. $10, concessions $5.
  • Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Rd South, Tsim Sha Tsui (take exit B2 from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station and walk for 10 minutes; 20 minutes walk from Star Ferry pier),  +852 2724 9042, fax: +852 2724 9090, e-mail: hkmh@lcsd.gov.hk. M, W-F 10AM-6PM; Sa-Su 10AM-7PM. The permanent exhibition, the Hong Kong Story, covers the history of Hong Kong from millions of years ago until the reunification with China in 1997. Exhibits are about the nature, culture and history of Hong Kong. Also special exhibitions changing every few months. Forget the idea that all of Hong Kong museums are frumpy and boring. The Hong Kong Story is a real must go and do, ideal for those who want to make sense of Hong Kong's vibrant past in an engaging and interactive way. Allow 2-4 hours. $10, concession $5, Wednesday free. Cash only.
  • Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East,  +852 2732 3232. M-W, F 10AM-7PM; Sa-Su 10AM-9PM. Large museum with many interactive exhibits including an energy machine and an airplane. A museum which decided to make an architectural statement about its purpose, yet somehow got it horribly wrong. This museum is primarily aimed at children. The maths puzzles and optical illusions on the top floor are challenging. There is a giant Rube Goldberg machine spanning the entire museum that is run for a few minutes every two hours. $35 (permanent exhibitions only $25).
  • Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui,  +852 2721 0226. Small museum, with a basic history of space flight in static exhibits, including a single exhibit on Chinese space flight. It also has interactive exhibits, allowing you to fly a hang glider, work a space motion system, and simulate walking on the moon. It has a planetarium attached that shows movies projected onto the roof. Plan ahead if you want to see an English session, as most are Cantonese. It is fun for kids aged around 10 to 15 years. Free on Wednesdays.
  • Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, 41 Tonkin St, Sham Shui Po,  +852 2386 2863, fax: +852 2361 2105. M-W, F-Sa 10AM-6PM; Su 1-6PM. Tomb from the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25 - 220) discovered in 1955. Exhibition hall displaying pottery and stuff from the excavation of the tomb. Free.

Parks and nature

  • Kowloon Walled City Park When the British returned after the war, the Walled City remained notorious for drugs, vice and many things shady and criminal. Here, triad gangs operated alongside dodgy dentists and refugees escaping the cultural revolution. In 1987, after so many years of being beyond the reach of the law, the colonial government, in consultation with the Beijing authorities, made the bold decision to raze the place to the ground. Sadly, the park that remains is very tame in comparison to its distinctive history, but it does offer a few clues and remnants from its colourful past.

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  • Afternoon tea in the lobby at the Peninsula Hotel is an elegant tradition that enables visitors to savour a little of the grandeur of Hong Kong's colonial past. It is one of the more affordable ways to experience the services of one of Hong Kong's most extravagant hotels. Afternoon tea is served between 2 PM and 7 PM, daily. The dress-code is smart casual.
  • Take a walk in Kowloon Park where you will find not only pleasant gardens but aviaries, museums, and sporting facilities including Hong Kong's best swimming pool complex which offers both indoor and outdoor pools. A wide range of swimming, diving and children's play-pools will appeal to kids of all ages, and their frazzled parents who are seeking a safe place for youngsters to play away from the traffic.
  • Shanghai Street runs north-south parallel to Nathan Road and offers an easy to navigate urban transect. Start at the north-side of Kowloon Park and wander up to Langham Place, a modern shopping and hotel complex which is next to Mong Kok MTR station. Along the way you will experience Kowloon in its raw authenticity. This is not your regular tourist trail, but crumbling tenements and small-scale industrial and commercial outfits blur to form an urban landscape that will make you wish that you had brought your camera along.
  • Visit the former Marine Police Headquarters on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Dating back to 1884, it is an attractive colonial building that has been recently renovated to become a major tourism attraction with shops and restaurants.
  • You're never too old for Tai Chi on the Avenue of the Stars. Free lessons in English M,W-F mornings from 8 AM-9 AM.
  • A section of Portland Street in Mong Kok hosts Hong Kong's unofficial red-light district, with a dizzying assortment of karaoke bars, hostess bars, saunas, brothels and restaurants. This area is frequently the scene from Hong Kong triad films. Great street food and colourful characters can also be found. It's best to go in the evenings when the street is brightly lit with neon. Despite the vice that transpires there, it is perfectly safe to visit anytime -- but be careful about taking pictures as many people will not wish to be photographed. Ride to MTR Mong Kok station and, as you emerge from exit C3, walk southward.
  • Hong Kong Coliseum, 9 Cheong Wan Rd, Hunghom. Multi purpose in door arena with 12,500 seats. A famous landmark shaped almost like an upside down pyramid. Used for sport events, concerts and other things.

Food

Kowloon is a great place to go for cheap and authentic Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Thai food. It makes a welcome change from following the sophisticates who dine across the harbour in Soho. However, for those who seriously want to splurge, some of the swankiest restaurants are to be found Kowloon-side.

  • La Taverna Restaurant, 36-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,  23761945. 12-3pm, 7-11.30pm. Hong Kong's oldest Italian restaurant sits hidden in plain view at the end of busy Ashley Road. Stepping through the door is like stepping back in time to a Hong Kong of the past or at least an Italian version of it circa 1960s. Delicious pastas and meat dishes and risottos to die for. Well worth a visit as much as for a sense of Hong Kong history as the tasty Italian food. A true oasis of tranquility in bustling Kowloon and very reasonably priced.

Budget

Temple Street south of Mong Kok is a great place to eat Chinese street food. You have not been to Honkers unless you have eaten in this street. Temple Street, famously featured in Chinese cinema, is one of the few pedestrianised streets in Kowloon where you can sit, relax and watch the world pass by. Seafood is a popular choice, but most restaurants will provide you with an extensive English/Chinese menu that caters for most tastes. Frog is a tasty option, or try the oyster omelettes.

  •    Chungking Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. houses many budget Indian and Nepalese restaurants. Touts at the front entrance will lead you to the restaurants via the small rickety lifts. Be warned that the competition between the touts can become very open, sometimes aggressive, so you should be prepared to make your choice as quickly as possible to avoid being dragged away to a restaurant that you did not really plan on going to. Chungking Mansions is one of the most (in)famous buildings in Kowloon. To many local people it is the very best place for cheap, honest, Indian or Nepalese food, whilst others will condemn it as a rat-infested hell-hole with a good chance of diarrhoea thrown in for free. This is also a good (albeit shady) place to change money, with rates slightly better than on-the-street establishments.

The Chinese fast food chain Cafe De Coral has numerous locations in Kowloon. The one on the corner of Ichang Street and Ashley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui is believed by many to offer some of the best food (for its price) in Hong Kong.

  • CitySuper. A local upscale supermarket chain with pan Asian, Western style food and has its own food court in Harbour City on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
  • Choi Lung Restaurant (Shek Kip Mei MTR Station, B2 Exit). A typical local Chinese restaurant offering dim sum and a Cantonese style dinner. Dim Sum starts from $4.80. It is a nightclub after seven with contemporary music.
  • Dragon Centre Food Court, 8th Floor, Dragon Centre Shopping Centre, Sham Shui Po (near Sham Shui Po MTR Station, accessible on foot). This food court provides a variety of Chinese, Southeast Asian and Western cuisines at attractive prices. Dishes range from $10 up.
  • Fa Yuen Street Complex, 123A Fa Yuen Street (near Mong Kok MTR Station). A complex consisting of a wet market, cooked food centre, sports centre and a public library. It is a place where you can find cheap and genuine Hong Kong style food in Kowloon.
  • Istanbul Express, Shop F-1. G/F. Rose Mansion, 1 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui. This is a place for Turkish kebabs.
  • Mr. Wong's, Yau Ma Tei. This one is popular with exchange students in Hong Kong, offering all the food you can eat and all the beer you can drink for only $50.
  • Swaget. On the first floor of Chungking Mansions, this is arguably one of the best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong.
  • Tim Ho Wan, Shop 8, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok. 10AM-10PM daily. It is said to be the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world, serving a variety of dim sum dishes starting at $10. Be prepared to wait one, two or even three hours if you come on a busy day (you get a numbered menu/ticket and can come back later).

Mid-range

  • Jade Palace, 4th floor, Star House. A tasty and tourist-friendly dim sum spot. Order by selecting from a card (also in English), not from a cart. Try the shrimp and chive dumplings and the tripe in ginger soup. Dim sum served 11AM-3PM daily, dishes $16-40 each.
  • Perfect Vegetarian Food (take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin, exit via B3, enter the shopping centre and it is immediately on the right). This Buddhist restaurant serves a very wide range of delicious vegetarian food. Food can be ordered by a small single serving or a large serving (around $60) and dim sum is available until 4pm. Many dishes imitate meat and are simply described as the meat dish, e.g., beef and noodles. Despite the taste and appearance being incredible realistic, rest assured it is completely vegetarian.
  • Red Ant, G/F, 27 Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui,  2375-9698. A modern bistro-like restaurant with a wide selection of light meals and snacks. No alcohol is served but there is a long list of fresh juices and teas.
  • Yat Tung Heen, Eaton Hotel. Cantonese dishes and dim sum, from traditional favourites to original creations.
  • Aberdeen Seafood Restaurant (香港仔海鮮小菜), Temple St, Jordan. Eat outside on the pavement and watch the world pass you buy in this busy street for pedestrians. Serves goose and other meat dishes in addition to seafood. A cheap place to drink beer.
  • Lamb Rack (羊鞍餐廳), 44 Fuk Lo Tsun Rd, Kowloon City (close to the Kowloon Walled City Park),  2383 1033. Serves good lamb and snails in a French Hong Kong style. $100.
  •    Green, 17 Science Museum Road (Located inside Hotel Icon),  (852) 3400 1300, e-mail: green@hotel-icon.com. 7:00-0:00. Contemporary cafe and restaurant located within the modern Hotel Icon. Lunch offers set menus with lobster, pasta and more. Nice desserts and wine list. The interior is beautiful, with one of the world's largest indoor vertical gardens.
  •    Yung Kee Restaurant, 32-40 Wellington St, Central (MTR Central Station Exit D2),  (852) 2522 1624. 11:00a.m. - 11:30p.m. (Daily). This is a popular place for Cantonese style Roast Goose and century eggs. Come early and make reservations as they have been known to run out of geese!

Splurge

  • Fook Lam Moon, 53-59 Kimberley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. The yum cha/dim sum is excellent. The service and decor is also impressive. Expect to pay around $55 per serve for the mid range dishes. The English menu is only a small subset of the Chinese menu so take along someone who can translate to increase your choice of dishes.
  • Gaddi's, Peninsula Hotel, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,  2315 3171. Arguably Hong Kong's leading restaurant that has delighted aficionados of French food and wine for over 80 years. This is the place where you can test your own command of the French language against French-speaking Chinese waiters. You will be disappointed if you are expecting great harbour views.
  •    Morton's The Steakhouse, 4th Floor, 20 Nathan Road (Sheraton Hotel),  852 2732 2343. Mon-Sat: 17:30-23:00; Sun 17:00-22:00. The Hong Kong location for this famous chain of American steakhouses, Morton's has one best in the city multiple times. With views overlooking the harbor, great service and classic cocktails - combined with thick steaks - makes Morton's a classy and classic experience.
  •    Nobu, 18 Salisbury Road (Intercontinental Hotel),  852 2721-1211, e-mail: nobuhongkong@interconti.com. Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30; 18:00-00:00; Sun: 18:00-00:00. The HK location for this exclusive Japanese restaurant. Nobu has delicate bento box lunches and decadent dinners and desserts. Remarkable service and drinks, and a view overlooking the Harbor that is worth the price. Dress nice and make a reservation if going for dinner.

Drinks

Notable watering holes:

  • Aqua. Nearby at the top of the 1 Peking Road office building is an alternative and less touristy spot with equally impressive views. As well as a bar, they have a Japanese and Italian restaurant for those without a budget.
  • Biergarten, 5 Hanoi Street, Tsim Sha Tsui (Use MTR Exit N1 or N2.),  2721 2302. This friendly German bar is one of the few places in Kowloon where you can find a good range of quality beers. Excellent German food is served — not just sausages and sauerkraut. Use Exit N2 at East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station. $100 - 150.
  • Felix, 28th Floor, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road. Atop the Peninsula Hotel on Salisbury Rd, is known for its Philippe Starck interior and the views of the harbour skyline, whilst the men's bathroom has an impressive view up Nathan Road. According to legend, the world's first screwdriver was mixed up here, sampling this simple mix of orange juice and vodka will set you back around $100 a pop.
  • Hutong, 28th floor, 1 Peking Rd,  3428 8342. Hutong is a great place to get a good view of Hong Kong from the top floor of a business building. It's a Michelin starred restaurant with amazing food — try the signature crispy lamb breast with garlic and ginger.
  • P.J. Murphy's. A couple of blocks north on Nathan Road from Ocean Terminal between Salisbury Road and Mody Road. Murphy's Bar is a western-style Hong Kong drinking establishment. Enjoy a Guinness with a perfect pour. Throw your tips through the dart board behind the bar.

Drinking areas:

  • Knutsford Terrace, near the Miramar hotel is perhaps best described as the 'Lang Kwai Fong' of Kowloon, and has a large number of bars and restaurants of variable quality that cater for mid-range budgets. A little smaller and less phrenetic than Lan Kwai Fong, but well worth the effort to poke your nose along this narrow street on a Saturday evening.
  • Ashley Road, between Nathan Road and the Ocean Terminal shopping mall, features many Western restaurants and bars.
  • Mody Road/Centennial Garden. Close to many good hotels, this area of Tsim Sha Tsui offers a more relaxed environment for a drink. Here you will find bars and restaurants spilling out onto the pavement. Leave East Tsim Sha Tsui station at Exit P1, and head past the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel.
  • Tung Choi Street, between Prince Edward Road and Boundary Street, is one of Kowloon's up-and-coming bar strips. Few tourists or expats venture here, but there are nearly two dozen bars. Some specialize in karaoke while others have open fronts and extensive drink menus. Prince Edward MTR, exit A.

Be wary of entering the girlie bars scattered around the southern tip of Tsim Sha Tsui. Their entrances are usually decorated with photos of women in various stages of undress. Strip bars are not popular with locals for good reason. There are reports of these places being owned by rough people, even triads, and they may place unexpected exorbitant charges on your tab (such as a fee to talk to a girl). They may even escort you to an ATM if you don't have enough cash. The days of Suzie Wong have long passed. These places are very much not-recommended.

Hostess Clubs

  • Gok Jai (国际夜总会), MongKok Portland Street 111,  27838098. Hostess Club 380 per hour.

Shopping

If your budget doesn't quite stretch to the Tiffanys, Guccis and Shanghai Tangs of Hong Kong Island, head to Kowloon for more affordable shopping.

Shopping malls

  • Elements (圓方), 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui. Opened in 2007, Elements is Hong Kong's latest mega-mall. Aimed at wealthy shoppers, it has five themed shopping zones: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. Owned by the MTR Corporation, the shops are located above Kowloon MTR station. Probably not worth going out of your way for, but it does have some of the most extravagant public toilets in Hong Kong.
  • Festival Walk is another excellent shopping mall in the suburb of Kowloon Tong. A very pleasant place to shop, similar to Pacific Place but catering more to locals.
  •    Langham Place (Go West down Argyle street from Mongkok station.). located in Mong Kok, is an entertainment complex comprising of a 15-storey shopping mall, a 59-level Grade A office tower and the 5-star Langham Place Hotel. Over 300 shops where you will find everything from fashion labels to casual wear, from accessories to electronics. On special occasions, large crowds will gather under the 'Digital Sky' to celebrate festive events such as the New Year's Eve countdown. Throughout the year, there will also be live musical performances, art exhibitions, and a host of special events to keep people entertained.
  • Lok Fu Centre, next to Lok Fu MTR station, is a place for cheaper goods and food. Located in a public housing estate, goods are generally more affordable than in other places. There is also a large department store here.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui's main artery Nathan Road is packed with stores, particularly cheap electronics shops. Be careful when shopping here; these slippery guys know every trick in the book and some stores are notorious for overcharging tourists. Locals seldom go to Tsim Sha Tsui for electronic products. It is more advisable to go to Mong Kok or Sham Shui Po instead.
  •    Harbor City. Harbour City is an enormous shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, the largest in Hong Kong. It is next to the Star Ferry pier. There are shops of almost any description there. The goods are mostly mid price range to high price brand name goods. The views of the bay are especially good from here at night.

Markets

  • The Temple Street Night Market encompasses a block of streets in Kowloon barricaded at the end of each day with stalls selling almost anything until midnight. You can buy the usual touristy stuff, but there are also bargains like Chinese silk pajamas, toys, electronics and cheap leather goods. Arrive at Yau Ma Tei MTR Station Exit C, then walk up Man Ming Lane to Temple Street after nightfall. Be prepare to bargain vigorously as there are no fixed prices. Also, don’t forget to watch singers and musicians perform an aria from their favorite Peking opera (free, but donations appreciated) or get your future revealed by fortune tellers reading your palm and face or by using animals, cards or dice. Most of them can do readings in English. Professional Chinese chess players can also be found plying their trade in the public square.
  • The colourful Flower Market and the adjoining Bird Garden (Prince Edward St West) are worth a visit even if shrubs and parrots aren't high on your shopping list.
  • In Mong Kok, Tung Choi Street (通菜街), popularly known as the Ladies' Market (女人街), is Hong Kong's biggest outdoor shopping experience. Prices here may not be the cheapest, as the area is popular with tourists, but the variety, chaos and sheer number of sellers is mind-boggling and well worth the visit. It is also opened during daytime, unlike the nearby Temple Street Night Market. As with other markets lacking fixed prices, those perceived as being tourists will be quoted a higher price -- so bring your sharpest bargaining skills. Be careful as the market also sells some realistic non-authentic goods (fake Louis Vuitton bags are popular). The pedestrian zone is mostly for electronics and contains clothing stores from Hong Kong's most popular chains. The easiest way to get into the area is through Mong Kok MTR station, Exit B2 or B3.
  • Cheung Sha Wan Road is famous for garments. There are many shops selling clothes along Cheung Sha Wan Road. It is within walking distance from Sham Shui Po MTR Station. A number of bus routes also pass along Cheung Sha Wan Road.

Electronics and computers

  • Sham Shui Po has the largest number of computer and electronics shops. The Golden Computer Centre is the largest computer mall in Hong Kong, with both hardware and software vendors competing extremely vigorously. This is a Mecca for nerdy-trainspotter-types, mostly men, who salivate over the latest widget. The nearby Apliu Street has a collection of market stalls, where you can find phones, small electronic devices and DIY tools. Even if you are not that interested in electronic bric-à-brac, the pedestrianised streets in the area have a buzz about them that make a visit interesting. Look out for the "High Phone" which is sold at a fraction of the cost of the Californian version. Use Sham Shui Po MTR, Exit D.
  • Mong Kok is popular for consumer electronics and computers. Shops can be found along the road, but normally the shops on upper floors, which tourists may miss, often sell things cheaper. A block of famous "upper floor" electronics shops, which is popular among locals, is Fa Yuen Commercial Building (75-77 Fa Yuen Street), which is easily accessible from Mong Kok MTR Station. If you're after a new phone, the Sin Tat Shopping Centre on Argyle Street is home to many sellers with a wide selection, from iPhones to Japanese imports. When buying electronic items in Hong Kong, remember that you have limited consumer rights and a bargain may not always be such a good deal. Be aware that if the product is not tagged with a price, you could be "slaughter", with a ridiculous profit margin which the seller will pretend to try his best to give you a discount that is still way overprice by Hong Kong standards but might seem reasonably priced by your country's standards.
  • Telecom Digital Services Ltd, 16/F Ginza Plaza, 2A-2H Sai Yeung Choi Street, Mongkok, Kowloon (Upstairs PUMA),  21120099. Get your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad repaired or replaced.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Hong Kong/Kowloon on Wikivoyage.

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