Shopping in Kowloon
Kowloon sure knows how to swallow your money. The place is a shopping and night-life paradise and many people come over to spend money -or simply watch others spending it. Besides several jade, bird and night markets (check out the one on Shanghai street), there are two main shopping areas, 'Tsim Sha Tsui East' and 'Nathan Road'. Nathan Road or ' the Golden Mile', is a mixture of shops and guesthouses covered up under the spell of neon when the sun sets. Adjacent to Nathan Road is 'Yau Ma Tei' where you will find innumerable jade and ivory shops selling mahjong sets. Chungking Mansions (most of its residents being from India, Pakistan and Africa) is also a nice area to stroll around. It features a labyrinth of guesthouses, food stalls and sari stores. Mong Kok is a densely populated and crowded area which is better known as 'a sanctuary for triad gangs, illegal gambling dens, and assorted sleaze'. However, it also has some interesting shops that sell rare and strange items.
Ocean Terminal is a popular shopping centre with an open rooftop with a good view of the harbour.
The colourful flower market in Mong Kok is great for its scents and colours.
The market provides bird-owners with all manner of creature comforts, from intricately crafted cages to nutritious grasshoppers.