However it is often the shopping malls. numerous flagship stores and local boutiques that prove to be the most popular attractions. Indeed, Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most famous shopping districts of Hong Kong. Nathan Rood, its main thoroughfare, is referred to as the ‘Golden Mile’ for the multitude of shops that horde each side of the street for more than a mile, Canton Rood, running parallel to Nathan Rood, offers the more upmarket alternative synonymous with Hong Kong’s glamorous reputation, Drawing a number of exclusive department stores and enticing high-end brands to open their flagship stores here, such as Louis Vuitton, Coach, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent, Canton Rood is fast becoming an alluring shopping haven.

Harbour City is built on the original site of the shipping and cargo docks; it sits next to the Star Ferry pier and looks out across Victoria Harbour to the Central District on Hong Kong Island. Being the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong, it covers a massive area of over 185,000 sqm 12 million sq ft, and contains more than 700 shops, over 50 restaurants, three hotels and two cinemas-undoubtedly an impressive one-stop shopping and entertainment complex Harbour City houses brands by a list of celebrity designers including Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton as well as those by local personalities such as Vivienne Tam and lu lu Cheng.

Fashion labels such as Diesel, Miss Sixty, Agnes b. and Lara draw in the hip and trendy shopping crowd.

Lane Crawford, which has three other stares across Hong Kong, dominates a 7,500sqm 180,000sqft) space and odds to the diverse array of designers in Harbour City. With cult status bags, swanky shoes and every accessory you can imagine, this is the place for finding the perfect outfit for any occasion, The gleaming white beauty department has over 160 different brands of cosmetics and beauty products, among them Chanel, Joyce Beauty, Kiehl’s, la Prairie, Mary Quant and shu uemura. With the Aveda lifestyle Hair Solon and Day Spa catering to tired and weary shoppers, shopping here can only be a pleasurable and therapeutic affair.

The ultimate crowd puller of Harbour City is its sports section, which has become a well known and well loved landmark in Kowloon. While ladies contentedly browse through the numerous boutiques spread across the mall, men can also indulge in a little shopping with the huge variety of sporting goods available at SportX, The stole tempts with Gigasports Super Store, Body Glove, Head, New Balance, Open and Callaway Golf Apparel, just to name a few of the famous brands on offer. You can pick up the latest pair of Birkenstocks, shop for accessories at Harley Davidson and keep up to date with the latest surf gear at Patagonia Adding to the fun and sporty feel of SportX, there is a half-sized basketball court, rock· climbing playground and mini-golf putting area to pump up the shoppers’ adrenaline.

A mega mall is not complete without a kids section, and yes, Harbour City has a whole floor called KidX-filled with cartoon characters, model cars and apparel-lust for the little ones. Armani Junior, DKNY Kids, Moch, Hysteric Mini, Elle Petite and United Colours of Benetton showcase their latest season’s collections here, Don’t forget Harbour City has the largest Toys’R’ Us 10 Asia as well. It is the city’s top hangout for up’ and-coming fashionistas and their mothers.

Not limited to fashion, beauty and sports, Harbour City is also a reliable source far electronic products. Well-known brands like B&O and Sony have stores here while Fortress and Broadway are among 20 electrical outlets which stock a wide range of the latest gadgets, making Harbour City a great place to compare quality and prices across all the top-range retailers. Another plus paint that customers will appreciate is the global warranties on products that the stores here offer, It gives shoppers, especially tourists, a peace of mind and the necessary assurance.

When you finally need a break from shopping in a maze of clothes, jewellery, sports and electronics shops, take your pick from over 50 restaurants at Harbour City. Offering cuisines from around the world, you can eat to your heart’s content, From a casual bite at the California Pizza Kitchen to fine dining and a taste of Cantonese at the glamorous Ye Shanghai, you can indulge in all kinds of gastronomic delights at the mall. On the ground floor overlooking the Star Ferry terminal and the constant boat traffic along Victoria Harbour, the peaceful and nautical tones at Habitu the Pier and The Quarterdeck Kowloon make for a wonderful resting spat in your day of shopping.

Throughout the year, Harbour City actively celebrates both international and local festivals; and it is a popular place to catch all kinds of live events-from firework displays and dragon dancing to Christmas carols and Chinese New Year ceremonies. Every weekend, a ‘Music in the City’ event attracts a large crowd supporting local singers and songwriters, The Mall also hosts many of the luxury beauty rood shows and car shows.

With such a dynamic spread of boutiques, international brands and specialised stores Harbour City remains the most popular, and certainly the largest mall in Hong Kong. A shopping paradise in its own right, this is the one place where you can find everything from a memory chip for your camera and the latest computer gadget to Furla’s latest range of sexy bags and Prada shades-truly a shopping complex for everyone.

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