It seems that the financial crisis is not enough reason for some people to put a halt to their travel adventures.Â Travel fanatics would still go ahead and book those flights and hotel rooms in their preferred destinations.Â If you ask them how they do it, they will tell you that the important thing to remember is that those who would like to travel must learn how to be budget and smart travellers.Â More and more practical options are being offered to consumers now from budget airlines, to budget accommodations, to package tours, among others.Â For those who travel and would like to do some shopping at the same time, then there are also less expensive options such as flea markets.Â Hong Kong visitors, specifically, can visit a number of Outlet Shops where they will surely find original trendy merchandise that are originally meant for export or priced much lower as these are already excess inventories of several brands.
Here is a list of Outlet Stores in Hong Kong where you can shop to your heartâ€™s content:
CITYGATE OUTLETS (MTR Tung Chung Station Exit C) â€“ Those who plan to take the trip to the Ngong Ping Village to see Tian Tan Buddha would surely pass by the Citygate Outlets as it is located also at Tung Chung, the same MTR stop of the Ngong Ping tourists.Â Unfortunately for those people who are obsessed with shopping, it would be difficult to resist the temptation to make a quick stop by the Citygate Outlets before boarding the bus or the cable car to Ngong Ping. Who could resist the temptation anyway?
The Citygate development is composed of the main shopping mall, office spaces and a hotel.Â The Citygate Outlets carry a huge assortment of merchandise from different categories including sportswear, childrenâ€™s wear, bags, footwear, personal care, and accessories, among others.Â It is also considered as the first and only outlet mall near the main Hong Kong hotels and MTR stations and that carries over fifty big International brand names that offer ridiculously huge discounts.Â Brands include Nike, Adidas, Puma, Calvin Klein Underwear, Esprit, Columbia, Timberland, Samsonite, United Colors of Benetton, among others.Â Your eyes literally pop out of their sockets once you see those bright red sale store boards that read â€œ70% OFF.â€ Sometimes, you would have to make a second look to believe the price tags!
Thousands of visitors visit this mall because it is easily accessible by means of public transportation especially for those who will come from the International Airport.Â Tourists are also enticed to visit the mall because of the number of amenities that it can offer like the cinema, and a huge fast food are that offers a long list of International Cuisines including Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Indian, Singaporean, and a lot more.Â There are specialty stalls that offer different kinds of beverages and another stall that offers different dessert items like the Sticky Mango in Coconut Milk, and Black Bean Pudding.Â The superb Novotel Citygate Hong Kong Hotel, which has about 400 comfortable rooms, is also located nearby.
LEE GARDEN ROAD (MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit F) â€“ Head to Lee Garden Road specifically the area between Hennessy and Kai Chu to find quite a number of factory outlets that retail apparel pieces like your everyday casual get-ups, some sports shirts and seasonal merchandise at slashed prices.Â As you are visiting an outlet store then expect to see some overruns bearing designer labels that have almost unnoticeable flaws.Â These items are being sold at about one-third of the original price.Â Shops in this are open at around 11:00 am and operate until 7:00 pm from Monday to Friday.Â Operating hours start by 11:30 am and last until 9:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday.
GRANVILLE ROAD (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit B2) â€“ The Granville Road is a personal favourite and I make it a point to visit this busy shoppingÂ area of Tsim Sha Tsui whenever I am in Hong Kong.Â A multitude of shops can be found on both sides of the road.Â These factory outlets sell the chic apparel of both local and international designer brands, the trendiest shoes, and the hippest bags at extremely discounted prices.Â Â Some items are designer sample goods that are being sold at a fraction of their original prices because of only minor defects.Â My other favourite stops include shops like Bonjour and Sa Sa that sell a lot of sample sized perfumes, cosmetics and other personal care products.Â Â During my recent trip to Hong Kong, I even saw a Sa Sa factory outlet within that same area.Â I was able to buy lip gloss tubes for only HK$ 15 and several bottles of fruity hand lotions which were a steal at HK$ 10 each.
You see, there are other ways to shop and have a great time without really spending a fortune.Â We should just be smart enough to make the right choices and be patient whenever we go treasure hunting for bargains.Â Keep in mind that being â€œdollar wiseâ€ should not keep you from buying things that will make you happy.