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Hong Kong

27 January 2009 No Comment

For the gaysian that enjoys travel, a trip to not miss is definitely a trip to Hong Kong. Touted as the pearl of the orient, Hong Kong is a vibrant Chinese city that showcases a type of energy that cannot be emulated elsewhere in China.

Most people who know Hong Kong, know that it’s smart to go to Hong Kong with an empty suitcase… because coming back, you’re bound to completely fill it up. Exactly what is there to buy? For starters, clothing. HK boasts clothing shops at practically every corner and you have your choices- HK local brands, the usual international brands and warehouse type shops.

HK Brand Clothing
One of the biggest chains in HK is the chain G2000. Currently, G2000 is divided up into two shops- the casual line which is Blu Label and the luxury brand that is Black Label. If we were to compare G2000 to an American label, the closest that comes to mind is Express. A highly recommended item of purchase of G2000 are their dress shirts and suits. If you don’t have the time to have a custom suit made (A good place to get a custom suit made is at 188 Oriental in Wanchai), definitely don’t miss out on getting one here.

HK’s equivalent to Old Navy is hands down Bossini. Extremely casual styles at cheap prices can be found at Bossini… though if we were to upgrade the style to a more Banana Republic level, a visit to Giordano or it’s sister shop BSX (Blue Star Exchange) would definitely do the trick.

Warehouse Type Clothing Shops
Warehouse type clothing shops are scattered throughout Hong Kong so as you’re roaming the streets keep an eye out for them. They usuallyhost branded clothing that look like they fell out of a truck somewhere. If you don’t have the time to roam, then definitely take a trip out to Stanely where the mini bazaar has a lot of these types of shops. Don’t miss out on the cheap Calvin Klein underwear (Real thing too)!

Street Shops
While as of late, places like Women’s Street and Temple Street have become more of a place for tourists to shop than for the locals, there are still a lot of bargains that are to be had here.

Computer Accessories
I wouldn’t say that computers or digital cameras themselves are cheap here- most likely purchasing something online in the states would be just as cheap or if anything cheaper than the prices that you’ll get in HK. However, it’s the accessories that are cheap in HK. If you have a need for a Mp3 case, USB hub, cellphone stickers or other accessories don’t miss out on Golden Mall in Sham Shui Po or 298 Computer Market in Wanchai.

Automotive Accessories
Same goes for automotive enthusiasts, for those who are car freaks should find a lot of great stuff in HK.

HKD$10 Shop
The HK $10 are replicas of the Japanese ¥100 shops and are definitely worth visiting. Things in this shop could sell for USD$6.00 in the state, whereas here, everything is just HK$10.

While Hong Kong is not exactly as impressive in food as Taiwan it does have a lot of cheap eats. There’s really no “one thing” that you must try but sitting at a tea cafe for lunch and having a HK style milk tea is quite the typical local affair.

Gay Clubbing/Bars
The big clubs/bars that are popular in HK are constanly changing in HK, however at the time of this article, Volume and Propaganda are the two popular ones. There are many others in HK, however, many are tucked in tall office buildings and requires the help of a local to locate them all. If gay bars are too difficult to find, gay saunas are definitely easier to find, as HK has a gay sauna culture.

Aside from the usual things mentioned in travel guides like walks in Causeway Bay, Mongkok, Temple Street and going to visit the big buddha on Lantau Island, visitors can consider a trip to neighboring islands like Cheng Chau which breaks away from the metropolitan culture. For those who have a few days in their itinerary free, a trip to Macau is definitely recommended.

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