Following are some good reasons to start with. To download the one page North Point On Demand Guide with map and transportation information.
Marble Road Market 馬寶道
The beginning of Marble Road is pedestrian only from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stalls line on one side of the road selling mainly clothes and accessories. If you are planning a spicy dinner, check out the shops behind the stalls that sell Thai, Indian and Indonesian spices. There are also decades old shops like People Congee & Noodle Dai Chung Juk Min 大眾粥麵 and Tak Hing Long 德興隆 selling bean curd – fresh, fried and fermented.
The Chinese residential buildings or tang lau 唐樓 at the odd number side of the road remain mostly undeveloped. These were once dwellings for migrants from Shanghai because of the 1946 civil war. The open balconies of these buildings, except a few, were enclosed to accommodate more people – a common phenomenon in Hong Kong where space is precious.
Sunbeam Theatre 新光戲院
The thirty-eight year old Sunbeam Theatre has its plan of demolition delayed for the time being. The only venue to stage Cantonese opera on a continuous basis, many of the performing troupes are now from Guangdong. For the initiated, there is a music shop selling recordings of popular artists. To have a glimpse of the costumes and elaborate face paintings of performers, pick up a flyer of coming attractions. If you have patience, watching a complete opera may last for nearly three hours.
432 King’s Road 英皇道
Home Management Centre
Wanting to take a cooking course? Check out the studio and courses offered at Home Management Centre operated by Hong Kong Electric. To get familiar with what is available in a local wet market, there is one at the Municipal Services Building opposite the Centre.
10/F, Electric Centre, 28 City Garden Road
Le 188º, Harbour Grand Hotel
Situated on the 41/F of Harbour Grand Hotel, this restaurant serves buffet lunch with an 188º view of Victoria Harbour. On Saturdays and Sundays, really high tea is served.
23 Oil Street 油街
View of Lei Yu Mun Channel
There are actually five approches to view Lei Yu Mun (meaning Carp Gate), the eastern shipping channel of Hong Kong. At North Point, you get the Panoramic View by taking the ferry to Hung Hom. It is particularly beautiful at dusk when lights on the two sides of the channel are turned on. There are public transports at the Hung Hom ferry pier, and the railway station is a short taxi ride away.
The Slipper Shop
This shop can be what remains from the Little Shanghai days in the Fifties. It sells beautiful thread and bead embroidered slippers to the tai tai or lady of the house. But the availability of larger sizes is limited.
The shop has no English name. We can translate 英皇拖鞋公司 to “English King’s Slipper Co.” But this may give the wrong impression that it has something to do with "By appointment to His Majesty the King of England." Nor is "King's Slipper Co." better, as it will fall into what a historian suggested "…King's Road in Chinese reads 'English King's Road' – not as neutral a moniker as it may at first appear!"* So, "The Slipper Shop" is to be used.
G/F, 315 King's Road 英皇道
*Jason Wordie "Streets, Exploring Hong Kong Island"
Provident Centre Home World OutletsFor discounted sportswear and baby/children's clothes.
Nike G3 & G5; Adidas G9; Toonsland G22
21–53, Wharf Road 和富道
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