Living in hong kong

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There is no doubt that Hong Kong is one of the shopping capitals of the world. The range of goods available here is amazing. You can find anything you want - you just need to know where to look. Hong Kong's well-designed shopping mega-malls cater to every taste and budget. Most famous brands are represented. Read on to know more about shopping in Hong Kong.
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  1. What items are not available (or are too expensive) in Hong Kong?
  2. Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
  3. Shopping hours
  4. Department stores
  5. Grocery stores
  6. Home furnishings
  7. Wet markets
  8. The "Lanes"
  9. Street markets
  10. Side-street shopping
  11. Shopping tips
  12. Useful links
1. What items are not available (or are too expensive) in Hong Kong?

Because Hong Kong is an international city, expats normally have no difficulty finding the items they would like to buy. The prices of personal care products, groceries and daily necessities are reasonable.

Expats often choose to rent furniture in Hong Kong to avoid shipping large pieces from their home country. This is also a good idea because furniture from abroad may not fit into pint-sized local apartments.

Home furnishings (both Western and Chinese) are widely available and many expats like to purchase local antiques and ship them back home at the end of the assignment.

2. Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?

Sizes from local shops are petite. However, foreign brands, such as Marks and Spencers, cater to expat sizes. The big name fashion labels can also be found locally. In addition, expats often enjoy looking for bargains at outlet shops, which stock over-runs or slightly damaged labels for export. These places carry clothing in all sizes.

3. Shopping hours

Hong Kong Island (Central and Western): 10am-6pm (10am-8pm along Queen's Road).
Hong Kong Island (Causeway Bay & Wan Chai): 10am-9.30pm.
Kowloon (TST and Yau Ma Tei): 10am-10pm.
Kowloon (Mong Kok): 10am-10pm.
Many shops throughout the city are open on Sunday.

4. Grocery stores

There are two big supermarket chains in Hong Kong - Wellcome and Park n' Shop. You can easily find a branch in your neighbourhood. These supermarkets stock both local and international produce.

If you would like to purchase more unique groceries which may not be easily found in the above supermarkets, try Great at Pacific Place, Oliver's Delicatessen in the Prince's Building or Citysuper at the IFC Mall.

Local delivery of groceries is common in Hong Kong, dependant in the supermarket and/or the amount you are spending. Around HK$400 usually entitles a shopper to have purchases delivered to their home free of charge.

5. Home furnishings

For home furnishings, many expats explore furniture shops in Queen's Road East. In this part of Wan Chai, stores specialise in Chinese antiques and/or reproduction furniture. Another popular place to purchase home furnishings is Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau - an industrial building with whole floors of furniture and home accessories. Check out Indigo, Shambala, Rimba Rhyme and Tequila Kola for affordable Asian and Chinese pieces. For fine antiques, furniture, crafts and art, Hollywood Road is a destination in itself.

One-stop-shop Ikea is found in Causeway Bay and Sha Tin, and its Chinese equivalent, G.O.D. (Goods of Desire) has stores in Causeway Bay and Central.

6. Wet markets

Hong Kong people buy fresh meat and vegetables from local food markets. This is truly an experience for those who have only seen pre-packed foods. Here, live fish and fowl are selected, slaughtered and cleaned. You can also buy cheap veggies, fruits and flowers in any quantity.

7. Street markets

Residents and visitors alike can't get enough of Hong Kong's street markets. The experience is exciting and colourful, and you can bargain as much as you want.

Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island: 9am-6pm
Stanley Market is the perfect place to buy Chinese artwork, silk collectibles, curios and baby/children's clothes. It is very crowded at the weekend.

Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Mong Kok, Kowloon: 7am-8pm
Even if you are not keen to buy, the Bird Garden is a fun place to visit. The market sells everything from crafted cages to (nutritious) grasshoppers.

Flower Market, Mong Kok, Kowloon: 7am-7:30pm
Hong Kong's Flower Market is the place to buy an international selection of flowers and plants. Prices are affordable and it's okay to bargain.

8. The "Lanes"

Running parallel to each other, Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West are a riot of stalls hawking everything from inexpensive clothing, watches and costume jewellery to luggage and shoes. Situated between Queen's Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central, the market is open daily from 10am to 7pm.

9. Side streets

Stanley Street in Central is known for its range and reasonably priced photographic equipment. Hollywood Road winds above the Central Business District and is Hong Kong's antiques row. Further west towards Sheung Wan is a bustle of sidewalk hawkers, specialising in haberdashery, on Central's stepped "ladder" streets.

Western Market in Sheung Wan is a handsomely renovated Edwardian building filled with Chinese handicraft stores and fabric shops. It is situated at the corner of Connaught Road and Morrison Street. The area to the west is famous for its small Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs.

Cat Street bazaar is best known for stalls and shops selling antiques, such as watches, old coins and stone carvings. The area is also home to many interesting Chinese herbal medicine stores.

Admiralty is famous for its brand-name luxury goods. Pacific Place, one of Hong Kong's most popular malls, is the ideal place to start. Its 130-plus outlets, include the Lane Crawford and Seibu department stores. Pacific Place is connected to the Admiralty MTR Station.

10. Department stores

Listed below are just a few of the major shopping centers located on Hong Kong Island.
  • Horizon Plaza: located in Ap Lei Chau
  • IFC: located in central
  • Mitsokusi: located in Causeway Bay
  • Pacific Place: located in Admiralty, contains a wide variety of popular shops
  • Taikoo Place: located in Taikoo Shing
  • Times Square: located in Causeway Bay, contains a wide variety of popular shops
  • SOGO: located in Causeway Bay

World-class department stores from many countries have carved out a niche in Hong Kong: from the bastion of the British high street, Marks & Spencer, to SOGO of Japan. Also popular are homegrown favourites Wing On, Sincere and Lane Crawford.

Visit the popular Japanese-style emporiums, such as Seibu or SOGO and you'll enjoy the gourmet food halls, exclusive boutiques and quirky displays.

China Products stores are the ideal place to pick up a gift for a loved one. You can find traditional padded silk jackets, embroidered cheongsams and even the latest electronic gadgets.

11. Shopping tips

Duty-free prices: All goods, other than alcohol and tobacco, are tax-free. This makes Hong Kong one of the world's most attractive shopping destinations.

Compare prices: Check different shops to compare prices of items you want to buy, especially if you shop at street-market stalls. Small stores seldom mark product prices. You can contact the Consumer Council on 2929 2222 for suggested retail prices.

Know your product: Make sure you know what you want in terms of brand, features, price, accessories and warranty, especially when you buy electronic goods. When you buy Chinese medicine and dried seafood, always check the product's unit price and the method used to measure the weight of the goods.

Be aware of parallel imports: Parallel imports are items brought into Hong Kong by someone other than the official import agent. While these products can be cheaper, they often offer restricted guarantees or limited after-sales service.

Avoid bait and switch tactics: Some merchants display ambiguous prices or request a deposit on a product, later they will claim that only an inferior or more expensive product is available.

Inspect your products: Check each product before paying for it and make sure you have all the accessories that should be included.

Check your receipts: You should always get a sales receipt (hawkers sometimes do not provide them). Make sure that all details and verbal agreements are listed on the sales receipt. The product details listed should match the product you have bought.

Credit card payments: Most Hong Kong shops accept credit cards. Check the credit card slip before signing it and remember to take your receipt. Credit card companies and/or banks issuing the cards may charge a currency-exchange fee on overseas purchases. You can ask your credit card issuer for further details.

If you have problems, keep your receipts and call the Consumer Council Hotline 2929 2222 for assistance.

12. Useful links

Supermarkets and department stores: