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General

For most people in Hong Kong, shopping is a leisure activity, whether that means picking out a four-figure party dress, rifling through bins at an outlet, upgrading a cell phone, or choosing the freshest fish for dinner. Whether you shop in modern air-conditioned arcades or more traditional street markets, the range of goods available in Hong Kong is vast. Many famous brands have opened in Hong Kong, bringing the latest styles in great variety.

Places that display the QTS sign (given to accredited shops and restaurants under the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Quality Tourism Services scheme) are the best guarantee of satisfaction. Bargaining is practised in the smaller shops and side stalls only.

There is an excellent market in Stanley on Hong Kong Island, which is in a beautiful setting in a small village on the coast, open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. Yuen Po Street bird garden in Kowloon is a market popular with the songbird owners in Hong Kong, selling many interesting creature comforts, including intricately crafted cages, open 7 am-8 pm.

Except for a few items, such as alcohol and perfume, Hong Kong is a duty-free port. In the old days, Hong Kong was a good place to buy cheap knock-off, fake products and pirated videos and software. Today, Hong Kong residents often buy these items in Shenzhen just across the border in mainland China.

Shopping hours are generally: Hong Kong Island (Central and Western) – 10 am-7 pm (10 am-8 pm along Queen's Road); Hong Kong Island (Causeway Bay and Wan Chai) – 10 am-9:30 pm; Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok) – 10 am-9 pm. Many shops open on Sundays. Shopping hours may vary greatly.

Places to Shop

Hong Kong is so filled with shops, boutiques, street markets, department stores, and malls, it's hard to think of places where you can't shop. Still, there are specific hunting grounds for various products, as well as areas that have more shops than elsewhere.

Kowloon

Tsim Sha Tsui has the greatest concentration of shops in Hong Kong. Nathan Road, which runs through Kowloon for 4 km from the harbour to the border of the New Territories, is lined with stores selling clothing, jewellery, eyeglasses, cameras, electronic goods, crafts from China, shoes, handbags, luggage, watches and more. You will also find tailors, tattoo artists, and even shops that will carve your name into a wooden chop (a stamp used in place of a signature for official documents). Be sure to explore the side streets radiating off Nathan Road for shops specialising in washable silk and casual clothing and for export overruns of fun, youth-oriented fashions at modest prices, especially Granville Road. Department stores, Chinese emporiums, and shopping arcades, as well as several huge shopping malls are also located in this neighbourhood. Harbour City, on Canton Road, for example, is the largest shopping centre in Hong Kong. Farther north, in Yau Ma Tei, is Hong Kong's most famous outdoor market, the Temple Street Night Market, with vendors selling clothing, CDs, watches, toys, mobile phones, Chinese souvenirs and accessories. The nearby Ladies' Market is also great for inexpensive clothing and accessories. Specialised markets in Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok sell everything from clothing and flowers to goldfish, songbirds and jade.


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