Sham Shui Po

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Check out this shoppers guide to Sham Shui Po, contributed by

Sham Shui Po is a market lovers’ heaven, full of all kinds of goods at great prices. But with street after street packed with everything from fabrics and electronics, to accessories and phones, it can be an intimidating place to shop if you don’t know your way around. Here’s our guide for where to go and what to buy.

For electronics – Famous for once being the place to get dodgy electronics, Sham Shui Po has cleaned up its act somewhat and is now the go-to place for those looking to buy cameras, music equipment and phones, plus a whole host of other electronic items. A good starting place for everything electrical is Apliu Street or Kweilin Street. These streets have a bit of a flea-market feel to them with lots of second-hand items for sale.

For computer items – The Golden Computer Arcade and Golden Shopping Centre are the best places to go for anything computer related. Packed with small shops selling everything from keyboards and laptops to games, you can be sure to find what you’re looking for.

For clothes – Head to the clothes market on and around Cheung Sha Wan Road for bargains galore, with everything from menswear to women’s accessories on offer. Prices are low and you’ll find it’s worth rifling through the rails to snap up a few bargains. Ki Lung Street is worth a look if you’re after bags or outdoor clothes. There are plenty of children’s clothes and toys on Fuk Wa Street and Kweilin Street.

For fabric – Sham Shui Po has street after street of wholesalers, selling fabric in every colour, pattern and weave imaginable. It’s a great place to browse, and you can pick up swatches, neatly presented on boards to take home. Ki Lung Street and Shek Kip Mei Street offer up great selections. If you’re looking for beads, accessories and materials for jewellery-making, try Yu Chau Street.

Getting around – From Sham Shui Po MTR station, take exit A1 for Cheung Sha Wan Road, Ki Lung Street, Shek Kip Mei Street or Yu Chau Street. For Apliu Street, take A2, and for The Golden Computer Arcade, the Golden Shopping Centre, Fuk Wa Street or Kweilin Street, take exit D2.

Top tips

1 Go on a weekday. You’ll find the streets much quieter, making it easier to move around and shop for what you want.

2 Take a list. The size and scale of the streets and the variety of things on offer can make it overwhelming. Go prepared and you won’t leave empty handed.

3 Remember you’re in China! Always be ready to bargain and don’t accept the first price offered.

4 Take care. Keep an eye on your bag and watch out for pickpockets.

5 Don’t rush in. Ask to see electronics working (especially phones and computers), so you can be sure you’re buying the genuine article. Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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