This morning was an organized school trip to a market that I simply cannot remember the name of – but it is where all of the fake stuff is! It is a huge building located right on the border of the New Territories (Hong Kong) and it houses five floors of shops including fabric, jewelry, purses, DVDs – you name it, you can probably buy it or have it made there.
It’s a tad overwhelming in that it is teaming with people and every inch of space is crammed with shops. As you walk through, the sales people call out for you to come into their shops. “Missy, you want purse?” or “Missy, DVD, you want?” And they reach out and poke at you to get your attention. Bargaining is a must and it’s important to never take the first price offered, so be ready to walk away. Luckily one of the people we were with was an excellent haggler. I ended up buying a pair of Dior sunglasses for about $15 US. Fake or real? Who knows? I just know that I look dang good in them. Also, if you show even the slightest interest in one of the items, the sales people essentially ambush you to buy it, shouting out prices, and enticing you with other goods. I learned quickly not to point. After a while, I likened myself to a shark, navigating the aisles of the fake Pradas, Diors, sparkling tee shirts, and questionable iPhones hunting the for the best bargain.
Afterwards, we went to what I would liken to a wholesale pottery store. It is literally in the back of the fishing market and upon first sight; I thought my friend was kidding. It looked like the kind of place your mother warned you about. You know, the back of an alley, no clear signs… a tad creepy but she insisted and I am glad I followed her. It’s literally warehouse rooms just stacked with dishes – there is nothing fancy about it. I am attaching some photos so you can get an idea of what I am talking about. I ended up buying some very stylish dishes for about $12 US – photo below. I plan on going back soon!