1. Shopping Complexes: Citygate Outlets in Tung Chung
I have just returned from Hong Kong (learn more via Hong Kong travel guide) and another visit to Citygate at the western terminus of the Tung Chung line. This is the only "mall" in Hong Kong to be made up of discount outlets and most shops offer pretty hefty discounts of up to 70%. A new area known as Tenth Avenue has now opened selling mainly shoes and some handbags and wallets. Previously I have done the bulk of my shopping at the excellent Esprit Outlet. On my most recent visit, summer sales were in full swing across Hong Kong so I was a little disappointed by what the Esprit store had to offer. Generally the most heavily discounted items are last season but that doesnt matter as Esprit styles dont change dramatically.
There are a combination of mid and high range shops, the best of which is a good Coach outlet which was giving out extra discounts card to every shopper on the day after Hong Kong tours I was there. If you are looking for kids clothes there are a handful of dedicated stores including a Chickadee (located on the left of the picture). Quicksilver and Adidas are also good stores to check out.
Many people go directly to Tung Chung to shop while others combine the trip with a visit to view the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. The Ngong Ping 360 cable car station is a short walk from the mall or if you prefer take the number 23 bus from the nearby bus station to Ngong Ping Village.
2. New Town Plaza in Sha Tin
With so many shopping centres to choose from, you may think that NEW TOWN PLAZA in Sha Tin is not worth the extra few minutes on the MTR but in reality its not that far from Yau Ma Tei, though you have to change at Kowloon Tong (houses some famous Hong Kong tourist attractions) to the blue line towards either Lo Wo or Lok Ma Chau.
This large suburban shopping mall has over 350 shops located throughout three sections. There are designer brands but also loads of mid range stores. I've shopped in both Phase 1 and Phase 3 but there is also another section called Grand Central Plaza which houses furniture stores and IKEA's flagship store in Hong Kong. If you like Snoopy, he has his own little world.
I liked the variety of stores. In Phase 1 there are the usual fashion stores like Zara, Esprit and H&M alongside a new Kate Spade store and a branch of Uniqlo (there are 11 throughout HK) which stocks very reasonably priced well made casual wear for the whole family. For jewellery lovers there is Thomas Sabo, Pandora and Swarovski.
In Phase 3 there are loads of smaller boutique style stores. Rabbit (a shoe shop on Level 3) is worth checking out if you are looking for reasonably priced young casual styles. Yata department store which stocks Japanese merchandise is located in this section and is worth browsing as do have many items on sale. I like the layout of the Yata store. Its like a shopping mall inside a shopping mall.
NEWS FLASH: Cath Kidston opened a new store in New Town Plaza
3. ELEMENTS Shopping Centre - Kowloon Station
I like the interior of Elements Shopping Centre but find its location a little out of the way. I have walked there from Jordan MTR which takes approximately 20 minutes but its easier to take the MTR to Kowloon Station. There is also a covered walkway from Austin MTR station. The MTR Corporation owns Elements and has obviously invested a lot of money in the development of West Kowloon.
The mall is divided into five areas, each of which is an "element" of nature. The architecture of each area is defined by either wood, fire, earth, water and metal. The unique features of the mall interior makes ELEMENTS popular with high end retailers and fashion stores are very prominent. There is an excellent Metro Bookstore and some nice restaurants.
As well as shopping Elements has a huge cinema complex and an ice skating rink (similar to one at Festival Walk shopping centre in Kowloon Tong). Wifi is available inside the centre.
What to buy: Designer items. Lucky Jeans has opened their first retail outlet recently.
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