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Shopping – Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a free port where commodities reach across the globe without tariff mainly aiming seasonal sales. Fit to every ones taste and budget it is indeed a shopping paradise.
All districts of Hong Kong has Malls and departmental stores. They are usually centrally located with pleasant atmospheres having individual & chain of restaurants and cafes. Tourists also enjoy courteous and professional service at affordable prices. All worldwide brands are seen here ranging from dresses, audio videos, watches, Jewelleries, leather wares etc.
Every season,Grand fashion shows are hosted to attract tourists and introduce new fashion trends and items.Commodities in Central area are premium and hence price also bit costly here.The locals usually go for shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay. Those who look for further cheaper goes to Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok.
Street-side stands are seen everywhere. One can bargain for the best dealin Ladies Street, as well as in Temple Street night market and Central and Jade market in Yau Ma Tei. Major credit cards such as Master card, Visa, Diners etc.are accepted at almost all stores.The markets will be busy from dusk until around 10:30 pm depending upon the weather.
Leather & related articles, shoes,cloths and clothing accessoriesare inexpensive but always trendy. Ladies Street, is a well-known shopping area in Mong Kok area where a lot of tourist visits.
Some streets are exclusively for a particular type of item, Nathan street on Kowloon sells only Gold, Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok is foraudio and video equipment; and Hollywood Road is famous for its antique stores.Computers and peripherals are sold in Mong Kok, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Sham Shui Po.
Dresses and Leather shops are located at Causeway Bay, Jordan, Central, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui. For makeup items one can go to Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kokand Causeway Bay. Dried Seafood is extensively available in Sheung WanDes Voeux Road West. Those who look for hardware items are to go to Canton Roadand Mong Kok. Household Appliances shops are in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok whereas household Products are displayed in Admiralty, Central, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tai. Sports Goods & Fashion Accessories are seen at Mong Kok. For Watches and Cameras shops are located at Causeway Bay and Mong Kok,
Dos and Don’ts
1.Before buying a product, always make sure the product you want to buy is in orderincluding features, model, prices and accessories and the guaranteed and warranty.
2. Bargaining can be fun in small shops and market stalls whereas most of the bigger shops works on fixed rate basis.
3. Before paying, ensure you have all the accessories that should be included
4. Always ask for receipts and guarantee warrantee documents.
5. If you are paying by credit card, keep a copy of the slip with you. Some banks or credit cards companies charge a currency-exchanging fee if it is overseas cards.
Main shopping areas in Hong Kong Island are Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan, Stanley, Wan Chai, Tsim Sha Tsui. In Kowloon East and Kowloon West are Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei and Lantau.
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