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“Eclectic and crowded....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sham Shui Po

Sham Shui Po
Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, China
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Ranked #57 of 392 Attractions in Hong Kong
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Owner description: Contains markets aimed at the local demographic
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“Eclectic and crowded....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This whole shopping area is as eclectic as it gets and you may seem a little out of place here where the local shopping is aimed at HK residents. If you want to see a bit of the ‘real’ Honkers not too far from the tourist track of Nathan Road then shopping here will appeal. We noticed everything seems more run down out this way but if looking closely some art deco style tenements still exist squeezed in between the taller buildings.

Electronics and items associated with them are concentrated at the Golden Shopping Center. Here, clustered together in claustrophobic, never–ending aisles are computer components, accessories, gadgets, software (not always legit) and swarms with like minded people - especially after working hours.

Apliu Street is the equivalent of the Akihabara district of Japan albeit a little cheaper and vendors sell a wide variety of items at reasonable prices. Not all will be high quality and not all will appeal to the tourist. There are numerous fashion wear wholesalers along Cheung Sha Wan Rd - some may allow solo purchasing and Nam Cheong St and Ki Lung St are famous for fabric and haberdashery. For that timely and much needed break we went to McCafe near Golden Centre where there are also some restrooms.

Overall, if you want to build your own PC or want to shop where the locals do, then Sham Shui Po will offer a few bargains. Best advice is to have some idea of price because it can be overwhelming otherwise. From the MRT station, Golden Shopping Centre is (Exit D2) and Dragon Centre is (Exit C1) – it can get busy here so taking the right exit helps.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited May 2013
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“Real flavour of HK”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

I loved the fact it was what it was. In the rain or shine it was life in Hong Kong. How they make do...how they just get by in life. Was interesting. The only thing I could say I disliked was the smells of the food market areas. Rotten fruit...meat. But you just walk by....I still loved it though. No one smiled. Rare to see a smile or hear a laugh and when you did it was something you turned to see!

Visited May 2013
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“A different Hong Kong”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Shum Shui Po is a not typical tourist attraction. On the contrary, it is a district where a lot of new immigrants, low-income families and elderly people live. There is a second hand market selling everything from kitchen wares to electrical appliances to 'antiques'. Food is very cheap here. That said, the hygiene of most of restaurants was not ideal to say the least.

Visited January 2013
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“Local market, fabric, clothing, IT. Great Find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Sham Shui Po Market area, first visit to look for dress fabric, I was not disappointed bargain prices, also great accessories zips, buttons, threads it s well worth exploring the area a lot of wholesale ladies clothing shops although a lot will sell individual pieces. You really have to look around also no trying on and often no mirrors. I did see a large selection of IT items in one market area along 2 of the street very close to the Sham Shui Po metro entrance. The other shoppers were predominantly Chinese , this was not a tourist area, I would definitely return a great find.

Visited May 2013
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“Incredible Fabric, Clothing, Electronics and Computers at Amazing Prices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Sham Shui Po is a true local area for 3 very notable things - fabric and clothing (wholesale and retail) on Cheung Sha Wan Road, Golden Computer Centre for the best prices computer and related gadgets, and Ap Liu Street for the electronics and parts (new and used.)

Fabric and clothing – Ki Lung Street carries much of fabrics and Cheung Sha Wan Road carries lots of clothes. Both have wholesale and retail and at amazing prices that you can’t find anywhere else.

Golden Comnputer Centre is completely packed with locals who want to check out the latest computers, servers and racks, laptops, hard drives, computer cables and cases, speakers, and every major kind of phone cases and gadgets that’s most trendy. Again, great prices.

ApLiu Street is filled with electronics, adapters and electrical plugs, tons of popular gadgets such as LED light strips of all sorts of colors and cellphone cases. Also incredible prices.

All this shopping requires you to fuel up your body. Check out the true local shops for some Chinese soy drink in a bowl and some long deep fried doughnut wrapped in rice flour roll (savory), or other local cafes.

Visited January 2013
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