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Shopping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known as the shopping paradise with reasonable price and various products from all over the world. Shopping here is not just to purchase items but also the activities of recreation and leisure as well as a style of living. As a city in close proximity to the manufacturing plants (Guangdong Province) in China and the free port, Hong Kong provides the territory with significant advantages.

Basic items for sale do not draw any duties, sales tax or import tax, except alcohol, cigarettes, perfumescosmeticscars and petroleum products have associated taxes. The shopping area roughly concentrated and divided into Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Besides the main business areas, malls and department stores occurs widely in all regions of Hong Kong.

On Hong Kong Island

The Hong Kong Island, which may be the shopping mecca in Hong Kong, is distributed many of the biggest and best shops. For example, Jumbo Sogo Department Store distributed at Yee Wo Street, Vogue Alley mainly in Paterson Street, and the Daimaru Department Store in The Great George Street. For elegant top brand such as Gucci, Versace, and LV, Versus, O.Z.O.C, D&G, Channel, Tiffany, and Levin and popular youth brands like Esprit and U2, just go to the Landmark Square and the Pacific Place. The department stores such as the Time Bazar Caroline Center, Lee Stage Bazar, Jardine Bazar etc. combine gourmet food and shopping together. The open air market at the Jardine Crescent mainly sells female clothing at good price as well as some other articles of daily necessities.

Here are some malls and stores for recommendation in details on Hong Kong Island.

SOGO Causeway Bay

It is opened in 1985 andis one of the most popular and largest Japanese-style department stores in Hong Kong on the site at 555Hennessy Road. The store has been one of the important landmarks since its opening. Its 12 stories present everything that could meet the shoppers’ needs.

On Friday, Saturday and day before public holidays, the store opens at 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m, Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m

Island Beverly Center

It is located next to SOGO Causeway Bay, which is a four–floor of treasure trove of local, Korean and Japanese fashion stores that are always popular with the young crowds. Items are not expensive, and fitting isn’t allowed.Opening times are not fixed but usually from afternoon till late.

Causeway Place and Laforet

These two are mini malls. Place has more shops for men and some designer knockoffs. The majority of the brands are either local Hong Kong or Japanese brands. It’s much more popular for the younger generation or the youth. Here, rows of endless small boutique fashion stores and shops wait for discovering. While Laforet, another awesome place for cheap things, sells mostly women’s commodities, like clothes, cosmetics, undergarments etc. Opening time varies but usually from afternoon till late.

Good Old Days at WTC More

This is a small shop with about a thousand antique watches which are collected around the world by Ping-sing Szeto when he was a professional cyclist. Timepieces of century-old, diamon–studded watches and even older pocket watches can be found here. The store opens daily 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Windsor House

This is the kid’s Mall located in 311 Gloucester Road where parents can find organic children’s clothes, educational toys and even corrective shoes. Opening hours vary but generally open from 11 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m.

In Kowloon

Kowloon is another place to be the shopper’s heaven besides the Hong Kong Island. There are numerous stores of premium brands around the Tsim Sha Tsuiend end of the Kowloon peninsula. While at the Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok areas, there are busy and fascinating street markets.

For fashionable commodities at fair and low prices, the Granville Road in Kowloon will be a good choice. To shop classic jade jewelry in a clean and air-conditioned environment other than in the open aired jade market, the store Chinese Art &Crafts can be considered. Chow Sang Sang will also be a good place to shop contemporary gold, diamond, jade, and wedding collections of local manufacturers and international brands. In addition, the stores like Bossini, FACES, Festival Walk, Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium, Pearls & Cashmere and Temple Street Night Market, Langham Place, Kansu Street Jade Market, Goldfish Market, Flower Market in Kowloon will give you exceptional shopping experience.

The following are some shopping sites in details.

The Ocean Canter

The Ocean Canter in the Tsim Sha Tsui concentrates numerous individual stores selling all kinds of products that satisfy all shoppers’ needs. Commodities here include a diverse selection of jewelries, fashion, bags, clothes, accessories, cosmetics, computers, electrical products etc.

Amazing Graze

The store has a history over 40 years in Tsim Sha Tsui, It contains handicrafts from all around Asian. Here the tourists can buy impressive and exquisite Indian mirrored accessories, Asian-theme Christmas decorations, Vietnamese silk lanterns and other Asian products as well.

Ladies’ Street

This street actually is an open-air bazaar famous for cheaper goods in Kowloon. Despite its name, here sells not only ladies’ products but also the goods for other consumer groups. This is a street that cannot be missed by the travelers.

The Nathan Road

The road was built officially in 1904. It stretches from the seaside of Tsim Sha Tsui to the north of the Kowloon Peninsula. Shopping bazars and large commercial towers line along both sides of the street. The space between the Jordan Road and the Tsim Ssha Tsui lies the most bustling shopping area. The Park Lane is a boulevard that gathers the local and the international chain stores.


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