Shopping in Hong Kong is going to be an incredible experience. Hong Kong shopping is famous for its competitive prices and enormous product varieties. Hong Kong imposes no import tax, no sales tax or value added tax. You can buy the hottest, trendiest and newest items at highly competitive prices. As a native Hong Konger, I would want to tell you some interesting facts about Hong Kong shopping – what and where to buy.
Many people don’t plan to buy expensive items while travelling. However if you are shopping in Hong Kong, you would have to change your mind. Diamond and gold are popular to buy here. You would find eye-catching sparkling jewellery shops in Central, Causeway Bay, Tsimshatsui and many other areas. You must be convinced by their fashionable designs, first-class craftsmanship and attractive window displays.
It is safe to buy diamond and gold here because Hong Kong has an ordinance that vendors have to give customers correct information of carat rating and gold purity.
Chow Tai Fook, Chow Sang Sang, Tse Tsui Lun are very reputable local chain stores. J’s, Just Gold, Just Diamond and Van Cleef Arpels are selling very fashionable items.
Large chain stores like Fortress and Broadway have a wide selection of the latest products like LCD or Plasma TV, digital camera, iPod, MP3, video camera etc.
Hong Kong shopping is for everything. I did see people at the Hong Kong Airport taking home TV sets and other over-sized electronics. Don’t worry about weight and size, just buy whatever you want, as prices and product ranges are extremely attractive.
Electronics are best to be shopped at reputable chain stores. Shopping malls in Causeway Bay and Tsimshatsui have many large electronics stores.
Large and beautiful mobile phone shops are everywhere in Hong Kong. The mobile phones here are not just mobile phones. Other than the latest 3G technologies, they are equipped with all kind of functionalities such as photo-taking, video call, email, MP3/4 etc. Just start at HK$1,000 (US$125) and you’ll get more functions if you pay more.
Computer shopping in Hong Kong is very popular. Computer malls are usually packed with people. Please be prepared to put up with crowds. You can find all kinds of PCs, notebooks, accessories and related products. One of my favourite computer malls is located at Wanchai, just next to MTR Wanchai Station Exit A4. Windsor House in Causeway Bay has three floors dedicated to computer products.
Designer Label Fashion and Accessories
Hong Kong shopping malls are full of internationally famous designer label boutiques. Here is just a short list: Bally, Burberry, Chanel, Cerruti 1881, Gucci, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Valentino….I am sure these shops are selling at the lowest price compared with their other shops in the world. Click here to check a list of Hong Kong shopping malls.
Hong Kong’s quality custom tailors are extremely efficient and good value for money. Turn around time could be as short as 24 hours for some tailors in the tourist area like Tsimshatsui and Central. Some of them even provide free transport service to their shops. In general, a men’s package around HK$1,600 (US$200) would include one suit, one blazer/sports jacket, one pair of matching slacks and two ties. Ladies’ package of a similar price would include a dress, one suit, one blouse, one skirt and one scarf.
You can pick up a Hong Kong shopping guide from your hotel room and call up a tailor.
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Shopping in Hong Kong is very much diversified. There must be something that fits your budget and interest. Antiques, cosmetics, watches, sports wears and Chinese goods are very popular shopping items here. Click here for a detailed Hong Kong shopping guide.
o Though Hong Kong traders are usually honest, some of them do apply bait-and-switch tactics. Always look for clearly marked prices and inspect your product before paying. Shops that display the Quality Tourism symbol are safe to buy from.
o Get an international guarantee to ensure you can receive service after returning home.
o Check and keep your receipts and ensure that all details and verbal agreements are fully listed.
o Credit cards are widely used in Hong Kong. Make sure you have lots of limit for shopping.
o Prepare a shopping list and research prices at your home town. Compare prices while you are shopping in Hong Kong.
o If something does go wrong, call the Hong Kong Consumer Council on (852) 2929 6111. Take immediate action, as it is easier to rectify a problem while you are still in Hong Kong.