Hong Kong is undoubtedly a great city for shoppers. It is known as the shopping paradise because there is ZERO tax on goods. There are not only a variety of goods available here but there are countless ways in which you can find and buy them. Here western designs hang alongside Asian, in air-conditioned malls, local markets, air exhibitions and shoe boxed size boutiques. Here is a round-up of the best shopping the city has to offer.
Best Shopping Centers:
The top and best shopping market people need to visit includes the Harbour City(shopping mall with 450 shops open from mon to sun from 10 am to 10 pm, Island Beverley (a four-floored mall filled with over 100 boutiques no bigger than a shoebox), and Goldfish Market (sale of pet fish especially Goldfish that are a symbol of good fortune).
What to buy?
Hong Kong is known for speedy, good quality and reasonably priced tailoring, something that Sam has been doing since 1957. His humble shop has dressed both royal and Hollywood celebrities, although Sam is usually invited to their private suite to do the fittings!
Sales assistants in department or chain stores rarely have any leeway to give discounts, but you can try bargaining in owner-operated stores and certainly in markets. Walk away! It never fails to make the vendor slash their price, even when sometimes you are just not interested in what they are offering.
Whatever you’re in the market for, always check prices in a few shops before buying. The most common way that shopkeepers try to cheat tourists is to simply overcharge. In some of the electronic stores in the tourist shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui, many goods do not have price tags. The best way to circumvent being overcharged is to check around for prices in several shops before you buy.
Designer brands and boutiques-The best places to find global designer brands and luxury stores are in malls, such as the IFC and the Landmark in Central, Times Square in Causeway Bay, Pacific Place in Admiralty, and Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. Some of these shops, such as Prada, have outlets at Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau selling off-season items at discounted prices.
Street markets-For a truly local shopping experience, the minimalls in Tsim Sha Tsui are teeming with all things young and trendy, both locally designed or imported from the mainland or Korea. Usually you can negotiate a lower price when you purchase more than one item. And if you have a good eye, you can end up looking chic for very little.
Gems and Jewelry:
The Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei is diverting, but unless you’re knowledgeable about jade, it’s best to limit yourself to modest purchases here as prices and options can be overwhelming.
The giving and receiving of business cards is very important in Chinese culture. Remember to always carry them with you and hand them over with two hands.
Local handicrafts and artisanal items to pick up on your trip:
- Chinese Medicine , tea, pastries from local shops.
- Chop Alley:Vendors along this lane will translate names into Chinese and engrave the characters onto stone seals known as chops, which have been traditionally used with red ink to sign documents. Pickup is usually available the next day, unless you arrive early. Man Wa Lane, just off of Bonham Strand near Queen’s Road.
- Cat Street:An open-air “attic” in the middle of Hong Kong, selling memorabilia, castoffs, and relics of bygone eras. Life-size posters from the Mao era; old spectacles, typewriters, and sewing machines; statuary and writing implements; and the inevitable mass-produced Chinese-style tourist tchotchkes. Upper Lascar Row, near Man Mo Temple, and Hollywood Road, Central.