Wednesday, February 1, 2012

IMAGES OF HK: SHAM SUI PO circa 2011

Sham Shui Po may not be a very common place for us, Filipinos but also a place to go to when you are looking for cheap electronic goods.
First time I heard the place Sham Shui Po was when my nephew Miko didn't want to buy his Angry Bird at Sham because it wouldn't be original.

Here is a bit about Sham Shui Po from Wikipedia.
Sham Shui Po, or Shamshuipo, is an area of Sham Shui Po DistrictHong Kong, situated in the northwestern part of the Kowloon Peninsula, north ofTai Kok Tsui, east of Cheung Sha Wan and south of Shek Kip Mei. Sham Shui Po is known for its street market for electronic devices.

Shopping

The street market in Sham Shui Po is a hotspot for both locals and tourists.
For those who are looking for electronics and accessories, the Apliu Street market is well known in Hong Kong. The vendors in this open-air street market sells a wide variety of products at reasonable prices, allowing individuals to trade second hand goods here. The sheer variety of things available at the market is astounding - different shops sell industrial electronics, analog and digital radio communications equipment, disco effects equipment, crockery, 1940s-era radios, LPs, torches, and audiophile hi-fi amplifiers in various stages of repair. The Hong Kong government promotes Apliu Street as Hong Kong's answer to Akihabara (in Japan).

The annual Hong Kong computer fair held in the streets of Sham Shui Po attracts a large crowd.

Sham Shui Po is 5 stations away from Tsim Sha Tsui and 2 stations away from MongKok.


I had a very short visit to Sham Shui Po just to see the place and I just wanted to check out the prices  there. So my brother brought me to Sham Shui Po. We went there quite late, I mean, early evening, so actually, we had just about an hour there.
We went out to through the D2 exit which led us to the Golden Computer Center.

GOLDEN COMPUTER CENTER
Once infamous for pirated software but today considered one of the cheapest places in Hong Kong (if not the world) to get (or buy parts to build) a personal computer, the Golden Shopping Centre is a prominent IT shopping center. Golden Shopping Center Shops has extensive lines computer products from components like motherboards,RAM, and CPUs, complete systems, to various peripherals. Unlike purely consumer-oriented IT shopping centers, Golden features several stores specializing in professional and esoteric network equipment.
The Golden Shopping Centre is also known for the number of video game stores it contains, where people purchase gaming systems, software and accessories at either a slightly discounted price, or in special in-store packages which might include an extra game or extra accessories. Since the halls are extremely narrow, it is often very congested, especially on weekends. The mall has two floors. The upper floor, Golden Computer Centre (Chinese高登電腦中心), mainly sells games and gaming software, while the lower floor, Golden Computer Arcade (Chinese黃金電腦商場), focuses on the sales of computer-oriented hardware. They were originally fashion markets named "Golden Shopping Centre" and "Golden Shopping Arcade" respectively.
It was the first computer market in Hong Kong and today "Golden" (高登/黃金) is synonymous to "computer market" in the minds of Hong Kong people even though many other similar computer arcades have been established today

These are the streets of Sham Shui Po...









This is how the Computer Center looks inside.
all kinds of computer things like CPUs, monitors and even flash drives, memory sticks are available there...

also cameras, cellphones, mp3s, mp4s are lined up beside each other with prices also marked...

the choices never end...

Sham Shui Po would be a good place if you already know the prices of the camera or any electronic product. It was like the Computer Center in Wanchai but I guess, it might be more difficult to deal with them in Sham... but I really am not so sure of this.

At that time, I wasn't thinking of looking for anything specific in Sham but at least I have an idea what it looks like and what is sold there.
Sham Shui Po as the night ends...

Sham Shui Po, another facet of HongKong!!!


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