Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The place to source embroidered shoes, basketry, table decorations and silk cheong sams, Stanley’s massive covered market is a tourist trap. Accept that and you’ll love it. The linen at Tong’s Sheets and Linen Co (55-57 Stanley Main Street) are well priced. Further inside, mousehole-sized Lung Sang Hong (Staircase, 45-47 Stanley Main Street) stocks genuine pashmina shawls and scarves in myriad colors. After your bargain hunting, meander along the waterfront of Stanley Main Road, lined with restaurants (avoid the English pubs). To explore the south side of Hong Kong, take bus No. 9 to the clean, sandy beaches of peaceful Shek-O and Big Wave Bay.