Travelling and Shopping in HK

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Still in Hong Kong, I decided to post a quick guide about getting around the city. When I first arrived I spent many frustrated hours looking for shops and places to eat and figuring out the best transportation. I’m hoping this guide can help anyone travelling here in future. It’s a great city to visit but getting around can be quite challenging for first time visitors like myself. I found the best ways to find shops, places to eat and things to do is use the local websites. So get yourself internet as soon as you can. Internet is widely available in hotels but if you are planning on staying for more than a few days you definitely need to get internet for your phone. Hong Kong has very good coverage for 3g and 4g internet and you can pick up prepaid plans for less than $200 HKD. I got a prepaid plan from PCCW and the internet is very fast, great for skype, facebook and browsing. For shopping and things to do butterboom and discoverhongkong are very helpful sites. For places to eat get the app Openrice for your smart phone which has the best reviews for every restaurant in town. It can browse by location so you can find the best places to eat nearby anytime. To help navigate your way around the city google maps and GPS are a must – simply download the app to your smart phone, type in the address of the place you want to go and it’ll give you real time directions on how to get there from where you are.

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For a list of shops go to the new stores section on butterboom. Not everyone in HK speaks English, to help get directions from locals on the street or communicate with taxi drivers you can also get an app called hong kong taxi which lets you type in any address in english and it will translate into chinese for you. I use this one a lot for taxis because most of them don’t speak English. I mostly travel by taxi or MTR which is their light rail train. Google map will also give you directions for which train and which bus to catch to get you where you want to go. The bus and train systems are very good transportation and both operate very frequently – mostly every couple of minutes.

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The Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Cause Way Bay districts are very good for fashion shopping. There are many big malls for bags, accessories, shoes and clothes. I was excited to see a Philipp Plein store right in the heart of Central. For those who don’t know, Philipp Plein is a furniture designer turn fashion designer from Munich. The brand has many great leather pieces. I bought a jacket and a pair of shoes in their new store opening sale. If you are looking for fashion clothing and bags you can also go to the Landmark mall in Central or Ocean Terminal shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) where you can find many high end luxury brand shops all in one best place. For accessories and shoes I found many cool local designers in the shopping centers in Causeway bay.

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Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Basel is one of the largest art fairs in the world showcasing Modern and Contemporary works from around the globe. It’s held in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong once every year.

 

According to the local galleries in HK, the Basel is actually the biggest overall annual art event in city. Every gallery is on best display so this is the best period to visit Hong Kong if you want to see art. I was informed that this year there were 245 galleries from 39 countries participating. I am not surprised because it really took me the whole day to see both floors of the exhibition. It was great to see so much diversity and such a wide range of inspiration.

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Visiting art galleries in Hong Kong

I’m in Hong Kong this week for the Art Basel and visiting local galleries. I thought I would share this post for anyone looking to visit the city. So far I’ve found most art galleries in HK are concentrated around the Central, Sheung Wan, Wan Chai and Aberdeen districts. For those of you about to travel to HK butterboom.com is a local site where I found most of the galleries listed. A few of my favorites were.

 

Cat Street Gallery

Address: 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

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The first gallery I visit in Sheung Wan right next to my hotel displaying contemporary and modern art pieces. The gallery features both local and international artists including Jacky Tsai, Richard Allen, Kate Shaw, Todd Hunter, Aaron Kinnane, Gina Jones, Alexandra Spyratos and others. I really like the layout and charm of this gallery. The space feels very clean and modern. Worth seeing if you are near Sheung Wan. There are also many galleries within walking distance within the District.

 

The shop is open 11am – 7pm weekdays and 11am – 5pm on Saturdays.

 

Simon Lee Gallery

Address: 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong.

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One of the larger Contemporary galleries in the Central district representing a diverse range of artists from different generations mainly from Europe and North America. The space showcases a wide range of works including sculpture, painting, video, mix media and photography from prominent artists including Mel Bochner, Larry Clark, Jeff Elrod, Ran Huang, Daido Moriyama, Paulina Olowska, Gary Simmons and Marnie Weber just to name a few.

 

Opening times are 11am – 7pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Opera Gallery

Address: 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.

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Perhaps the largest and most well known contemporary art gallery in Central spanning over four floors of exhibition space. This is a beautiful gallery which showcases works from some of the most famous and up and coming artists around including Andy Warhol, Picasso, Braque, Young-Deok Seo, Rodin Auguste, Hirst Damien and many more. Definitely worth visiting if you are near the Central district.

 

Gallery opening times are 10.30am – 7.30pm Monday – Sat and 12pm – 6pm Sundays.

Art fashion with German Artist Anselm Reyle

Known for his large-scale multi-media installments with neon lights and hyper vivid paintings and sculptures, Berlin based artist Anselm Reyle has collaborated with the iconic French luxury fashion designer label Christian Dior to design a new range for the fashion house. Reyle has designed a series of striking color palettes and patterns to be featured on a range of Dior products including shoes, ballet slippers, bags, scarves, jewelry and even cosmetics. Art and fashion have always had a close working relationship often overlapping on to each other.

 

 

Source: Christian Dior