Hong Kong Shopping

They say the only way to get to know a place is to do what the locals do. When in Rome, scoot around on a Vespa and drink espresso. When in Hong Kong, shop. For most people in this city, 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.

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so sacred that sales periods are calendar events, and most stores close on just three days a year—Christmas Day and the first two days of Chinese New Year. Imagine that: 362 days of unbridled purchasing. Opening hours are equally conducive to whiling your life away browsing the racks: all shops are open until 7 or 8 pm; many don't close their doors until midnight.

It's true that the days when everything in Hong Kong was mind-bogglingly cheap are over. It is still a tax-free port, so you can get some good deals. But it isn't just about the savings. Sharp contrasts and the sheer variety of experiences available make shopping here very different from back home.

You might find a bargain or two elbowing your way through a chaotic open-air market filled with haggling vendors selling designer knockoffs, the air reeking of the chou tofu ("stinky" tofu) bubbling at a nearby food stand. But then you could find a designer number going for half the usual price in a hushed marble-floor mall, the air scented by the designer fragrances of your fellow shoppers. What's more, in Hong Kong the two extremes are often within spitting distance of each other.

Needless to say, thanks to travelers like you running out of space in their suitcases, Hong Kong does a roaring trade in luggage. No need to feel guilty, though—shopping here is practically cultural research. All you're doing is seeing what local life is really like.

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10/10 Space

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A hidden gem in Causeway Bay, 10/10 Space is a day spa and beauty boutique that offers excellent manis, pedis, head massages, hair styling,...

Aroma Natural Skin Care

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

This store has been the secret weapon of skin regime enthusiasts for years, with stock from some of the industry's most venerated brands,...

Broadway

  • Cameras/Electronics

Like its more famous competitor, Fortress, Broadway is a large electronic-goods chain. It caters primarily to the local market, so some...

City Chain Co. Ltd.

  • Jewelry/Accessories

With more than 400 shops in Asia and locations all over Hong Kong, City Chain Co. Ltd. has a wide selection of watches for various budgets,...

City'super

  • Department Stores

Wherever you're from and whatever you're looking for—whether it's fresh oysters from France or quirky products like bottled water for...

DG Lifestyle Store

  • Cameras/Electronics

An appointed Apple Center, the DG chain carries Mac and iPod products. High-design gadgets, accessories, and software by other brands...

Elegant Watch & Jewellery Company Limited

  • Jewelry/Accessories

With luxury watch collectors in mind, Elegant Watch is an authorized dealer of more than 35 top brands such as Tag Heuer, Breitling,...

Fortress

  • Cameras/Electronics

Part of billionaire Li Ka-shing's empire, this extensive chain of shops sells electronics with warranties—a safety precaution that...

Franc Franc

  • Household Items/Furniture

This Japanese home and living store has everything you'd need to equip your downtown apartment, from bookshelves to bubble bath. The...

G2000

  • Clothing

This inexpensive chain carries men's and women's business wear in Asian sizes. It's a great place to look for suits with matching shirts...

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