My introduction to the HK retail scene
4 October 09
Natalie and I decided to leave the Harveys on Ma Wan Island and make our own way home via the city. Our goal was the Krispy Kreme outlet at Causeway Bay.
We were in Times Square, one of the largest malls in HK with 16 floors of retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues. It was huge. If you wanted something, it’s available here (except Krispy Kreme donuts, sadly — the franchise closed down two years ago). I was also amazed at the crowds out shopping, even at 6pm on a Saturday night.
Although we prowled the floors, we didn’t really go into many shops. I looked for a cheap mobile phone for my stay here in HK, and Natalie loved the English-language bookshop, especially for periodicals, which are impossible to buy in Xi’an, China.
To get home, I asked Natalie to let me try navigating our way through the maze of train lines we needed to use. Inside the trains, handy indicators flash when the train is connecting with another line that is located just across the platform. So often you can hop off one train, cross the platform and board the next one that you need. It’s a very quick, efficient way to travel, meaning that all areas of the city are very accessible, even if you have to make four or five train connections before you reach your destination.