Ladies Market, Hong Kong

IMG_0880For the next installment of our ‘On The Market’ series we travel to Hong Kong with blogger Sophie Gallagher of . She is all too familiar with the perils of combining fashion and travelling and on this trip investigates the lesser-known aspects of the city to uncover the perfect market shopping experience.

We had been in Hong Kong for two days already. Having seen all the tourist sights and taken photographs at Victoria Peak, the Star Ferry and the ), I still did not feel as if I knew Hong Kong at all. As far as I was concerned when surrounded by Skyscrapers, HSBC banks and Pizza Express we could have been in any city in the world, least of all in China.Hong Kong Signs It was only when we made the crossing to Kowloon Island and the Ladies’ Market that I truly started to understand this city. This is where all the people had been living and this was the Asian counterpart to the very European city that stood on Hong Kong Island.

Hong kong Ladies MarketThe best way to get to the market is via public transport. The underground metro system in Hong Kong is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. With rules against eating and drinking, the is kept in amazing condition, so this is nothing to be afraid of. Getting a taxi to the market would be incredibly costly and take about three times longer. Take the MTR to Mong Kok Station and leave from Exit 2. Then walk along Nelson Street for two blocks to Tung Choi Street where you will find the market.

Mulberry PurseWhen you arrive it can be somewhat overwhelming, the crowds, the stalls, the noise, and something that pictures can never capture, the smells. There are over 100 stalls that line the edges of the road for a mile. By law there is meant to be enough of a gap for a fire engine to move through, but this is definitely not the case. In every inch of space there are endless handbags, watches and clothes. These are generally all designer fakes so caution has to be taken when picking what you are purchasing.

Purse detailsOn my own trip I managed to buy a Mulberry purse and a chiffon Alexander McQueen scarf at less than 40 pounds sterling for both items combined. At home this would have cost over 400. These items are mostly great quality and almost indistinguishable from the genuine goods.

Firstly ensure you check the quality of the item. The best way to do this is to check the inner lining and stitching. Do not be afraid to pick products up unless there are signs indicating otherwise, but any stallholder wanting to secure a sale should be fine with you doing so unless of course the product is evidently faulty. If in doubt, walk the length of the market and shop around before making your selection. The sellers are always guaranteed to have a supply of stock held back and will do their best to search around for whatever you are requesting.

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