Kowloon Night Markets and Nathan Road
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
For cheap electronics and photographic supplies, or blinging jewelry, head straight for the neon signs of Nathan Road, which begins its jaunt through Kowloon at Tsim Sha Tsui. Fortress and Broadway are the best stores to head for; be prepared to haggle and ask for an international guarantee. Keep your wits about you – if the price (especially of jewelry) seems too good to be true, it probably is. The Ladies Market in Mong Kok sells clothes for both sexes and myriad fake designer watches, bags, belts, and sunglasses – the parallel Fa Yuen Street is also pretty good for sports goods. Temple Street Night Market is a bit of a tourist scrum, but it’s illuminated with multi-colored sparkling nightlights and it’s fun to unearth cute jade sculptures and pretty painted tea sets or have your fortune told. Chinese opera recitals are performed at the end of the market near Kansu Street, which operates as a jade market during the day; it’s the place to buy birth-sign key rings and zodiac figurines rather than anything too valuable. If it’s quality jade you’re after, stick to stores with the QTS (Quality Tourism Services) signs outside.