Ap lei Chau (Also known as Aberdeen Island) is a tiny island, located south-west of Hong Kong Island, next to Aberdeen Harbour and Aberdeen Channel. Besides being the most densely populated island in the world (with a population density of almost 70,000 people per square km.), it is also home to one of Hong Kong's best furniture shopping centers -
The Horizon Plaza.
Colossal Horizon Plaza houses huge warehouses of several companies, selling furniture and antiques. You can shop around for hours and when you are done, the vendors will take care of packing and shipping procedures for you.
There are 28 floors here, which means you can't possibly visit even a fraction of all the showrooms, but we listed for you the ones that we believe are particularly recommended...
Tequila Kola, on the 1st Floor (Huge Designer Warehouse) and 17th floor (Discount Outlet), Shambala (2nd floor), Rimba Rhyme (5th floor), Indigo (6th floor), Garden Gallery (7th floor), Everything Under The Sun (9th floor), Horizon Cellars (Wine lovers' paradise, on the 10th floor), Irony (11th Floor) and Old Shanghai, on the 15th floor.
And here is a small tip from Metropolasia-Man
If you consider to buy furniture in Hong Kong, it might be a good idea for you to have a word with a customs agent in your home country. Knowing the import regulations in your country and giving the right instructions to the shipper can save you a lot of money and hassles...
How to get to Horizon Plaza ? From Central: Take bus Nos. 90 / 91 or M590 (Exchange Square Bus Terminus, next to MTR-Central or from outside City Hall).
From Wanchai: 590A and M590 (There are stations on 50 Gloucester Road, outside Malaysia Building and on 123 Gloucester Road, outside Wan Chai Police Station)
Bus No. 592 departs from Causeway Bay (outside Hennessy Centre, 500 Hennessy Road: Take exit F of MTR-Causeway Bay).
- please note: none of the above buses will take you all the way to Horizon Plaza. They all travel to different places across Ap Lei Chau Island, from where you'll have to take a taxi (It's a very short ride anyway...)
- Another option is to combine the visit to Horizon Plaza with a visit to Aberdeen. From Aberdeen's promenade (Praya) you can either take bus No. 95 (Which will drop you right next to Horizon Plaza), or a taxi : It is only a short distance drive (A taxi ride is about HK$ 15 at the time of writing).
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