Friday, March 9, 2012

Hong Kong Day 3: Citygate Outlets

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We Filipinos love our malls and our shopping. And when we go to a foreign country, it's only natural that we gravitate towards what else---shopping malls; and all the more so if it's an outlet mall! In Hong Kong, the bargain destination for branded goods is Citygate Outlets---the first and only outlet mall in Hong Kong.
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Citygate Outlets is quite a large outlet mall complex and is connected to the Tung Chung MTR station. We explored the place in the evening after a whole day spent in Tai O Fishing Village and Ngong Ping.
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First we had dinner in nowhere else but McDonald's.  The last time we were abroad together in Macau, we also tried McDonald's and that  time in Hong Kong also for the same reason---to compare and see how different it is from our Philippine "McDo".
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They have the McPepper burger (HK$18.80), which was really good and spicy. They also have shaker fries (french fries with powder flavoring), and I don't know why we don't have the same thing here in the Philippines on a regular basis since the flavoring makes the fries tastier.
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They also have chicken fillet  which they call McWings (HK$16.70) (our Chicken McDo here tastes better) and a drink similar to the Coke float (HK$11.70).
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While some of the food are similar and some different, the crowd and the look and feel of McDonald's in Hong Kong is the same as in the Philippines: cozy, cheap meals (our total bill was just HK$64.90), a hang out for students and friends. I think I kinda missed being back home when I saw this scene, and yet it feels very much like we were just in Manila.
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Now, on to the shopping. Citygate Outlets is made of up four levels of shopping and food establishments.
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They have brands with outlet shops here like Armani Exchange, Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, Mango, Esprit, Guess, Club Monaco Studio, Calvin Klein Jeans, Coach, Kate Spade, Nike, Crocs, The Body Shop, Escada, Samsonite,  Vivienne Tam, and so much more.
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If you really planned to shop these brands, then shopping in Citygate Outlets seems like a good idea, instead of buying regular priced items in the main malls. Of course, since these are outlet stores, the items for sale are off-season.  I window shopped in Polo and Armani Exchange but didn't go shopping for myself. But we did visit the Giordano Outlet store, a good place to buy pasalubong.
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Compared to regular prices of Giordano here in Manila, the items were cheaper. In fact, I saw several Filipino tourists also buying up stuff in Giordano.
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I bought walking shorts for my brother and a wheeled trolley bag for my mom, both at bargain prices.  I remember the yellow cardigan in the above picture selling for just HK$39 (just about P240), and I'm now regretting why I didn't even buy one for myself!
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Citygate Outlets is certainly a good shopping stop on the way from any trip to Lantau Island (Tai O, Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping 360) and of course, Hong Kong Disneyland (which is also in Lantau).

Fabulous travels! Cheers! 


Citygate Outlets
MTR Stop: Tung Chung

1 comment:

  1. I love this mall! I bought a really cheap Guess shoulder bag there. If I had known this place existed before we went there, I would have set aside a bigger chunk of our budget for outlet store shopping. There were a lot of items kasi that time that I wanted to buy esp at Giordano, Benetton and Esprit. I can still recall that luggage bag I let go there in Esprit. Hehehe! =D

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