Shopping Jewel of the East: Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the largest and best cities in the world. With its vastness and beauty, the city is famed for its shopping centers. Hong Kong could arguably be the best shopping place in the world. Shopping is not only an act of buying things in Hong Kong but also a form of recreation and a way of life. If you have made arrangements for visiting the city during the holidays, then Hong Kong should be one place you can’t fail to visit especially if you love shopping and here is why.
Why Hong Kong is a shopping paradise
Hong Kong offers an array of products, perhaps the wildest and the most exclusive range of goods. The products range from international goods to local souvenirs and what is exciting about shopping here is that most products are relatively cheaper because no tax is charged for all goods except for wine and cigarettes. The shopping assistants are very well trained, and they always put their customers first giving you better services that will make your shopping experience enjoyable.
What to buy
You will be spoilt for choice with the broad range of things you buy in Hong Kong. Some of the most common things bought in Hong Kong are clothes, cosmetics, and electrical appliances. You can also get designer clothes and handbags, perfumes and cosmetics, jewelry, watches, and pastries.
Where to shop
Hong Kong is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. It has some of the best shopping malls, department stores, and street markets. Here is a guide to help you find the best shopping sites in the city.
• If you are interested in finding the best boutique in the city then Central, Hong Kong Island is where you want to be. This is also Hong Kong’s business and economic center.
• Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon: You can do your shopping but still enjoy the recreation areas around this area. Tsim Sha Tsui has luxurious and flourishing malls and restaurants that will offer a memorable shopping experience.
• Sham Shui Po, Kowloon: Some consider it the heaven of market lovers because of its vast amounts of gadgets, computer products, and electronic appliances at competitive prices. So if you will be interested in getting some electronics then Sham Shui Po in Kowloon will offer you the best.
When should you shop
Although shopping in Hong Kong is done full year knowing its sales season could save you some money. The city has two sales seasons’ winter sales from December to February and summer sales from July to September. These sales are mostly found in the malls, big shops, and department store.
American Express, Visa, and Dc Cards are widely accepted. Some small shops and outdoor markets will allow bargaining, but it’s uncommon to bargain. Choose shopping malls that have the sign for excellence, granted by the Hong Kong tourism board because the quality is guaranteed and goods are clearly priced. It’s important to keep the receipts after the transaction and check if the contents in your shopping bag to ensure that they are the ones you purchased. Remember to keep an eye on your belongings.