An oasis for shoppers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2012, 12:00am


For two decades, Horizon Plaza has been the leading destination for those looking to refurbish their homes, attracting not only owners but also interior designers who can choose from a wide array of international furnishing designs.

Vast retail space in this converted warehouse allows shop owners to display more of their wares than they could in most other districts of Hong Kong, where land is at a premium and rents are high.

Located on Ap Lei Chau in an area once known as a manufacturing hub, Horizon Plaza has more than 150 shops spread over 28 floors.

Although the emphasis is on furniture, whether it be contemporary, antique or for outdoors, the plaza has a growing number of discount fashion outlets featuring brands such as Moiselle, MaxMara, Polo Ralph Lauren, Armani, Lane Crawford, Joyce Boutique and more.

Home accessories, carpets and gifts for adults and children are also in abundance alongside specialist food and wine outlets, a pet supplies shop and several cafes. Views of the Lamma Channel through floor-to-ceiling windows in some of the south-facing shops enhance the unique experience of shopping at Horizon Plaza.

Custom-made furniture and one-of-a-kind household items and accessories are also available in many of the furniture stores.

A floor directory is clearly displayed in the lobby, with a shopper's guide brochure available on the counter.

It's advisable to check where you are going before taking the lift as there are no more directories to be had once you leave the lobby area.

Horizon Plaza, at 2 Lee Wing Street, is about a 20-minute drive from Central.

It is an easy journey via public transport from Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, with regular buses to Ap Lei Chau Estate.

From there, a free shuttle bus takes shoppers to Horizon Plaza's car park via South Horizons, where the bus picks customers up outside Block 17 of May Fai Court.

The MTR is also building a new line to the south side of Hong Kong, with a station at South Horizons due to open in the next few years.

For all inquiries, call the building management team at 2554 9089.

How to get there

Barring a taxi or your own wheels, there is no direct transport to Horizon Plaza, but plenty of buses will get you most of the way, stopping at the Ap Lei Chau Estate bus terminus, from where you can catch the Horizon Plaza shuttle bus for free.

From Ap Lei Chau Estate bus terminus to Horizon Plaza

The shuttle bus operates at intervals of five to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day and day of the week. The journey takes about five minutes. The service operates from 7.45am to 7.35pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 7.30pm on Sundays and public holidays. Most shops do not open before 10am.

From Central to Ap Lei Chau Estate bus terminus

Bus numbers 90, from Exchange Square via Admiralty, or 91, from the Central ferry pier, run every 10 to 15 minutes. Journey time is about 30 minutes.

From Wan Chai to Ap Lei Chau Estate bus terminus

Catch bus numbers 590A or 590. There are stops at 50 Gloucester Road, outside the Malaysia Building and at 123 Gloucester Road, outside the Wan Chai police station.

From Causeway Bay to Ap Lei Chau Estate bus terminus

Bus number 592 departs from Causeway Bay outside the Hennessy Centre at 500 Hennessy Road.

By taxi from Central

It is about a 30-minute drive to Horizon Plaza, depending on traffic conditions.

By car

Take Wong Chuk Hang Road and follow signs for Ap Lei Chau. Go straight on Ap Lei Chau Bridge Road and follow signs for Ap Lei Chau West/industrial estates straight through two sets of traffic lights, then keep in the left lane and bear left on Lee Nam Road. This brings you straight through one set of traffic lights to the back of the island. Soon you will see Horizon Plaza. Turn left in front of the building for the parking entrance on Lee Wing Street. The first hour's parking on the second floor is free.

From Lamma Island to Aberdeen promenade

Ferries to Aberdeen run from Yung Shue Wan via Pak Kok Tsuen on Lamma Island. Tsui Wah ferry service 2272 2022. Aberdeen also has ferries to the quiet coastal village of Mo Tat Wan via Sok Kwu Wan. Chuen Kee ferry service 2375 7883.