Almost seven million visitors came to Hong Kong last year, and shopping was high on their list of things to do. The territory's variety ofgoods has tempted visitors for decades and its reputation as a shoppers' paradise is well deserved.
Much of this reputation has been earned by the diversity of shopping. You can shop in slick splendour in some of the world's finest fashion houses, in vast malls whose interconnecting walkways are lined with stores selling everything from cameras to cosmetics, in alleyway markets where bargaining is the order of the day, or in factory outlets where a timely rummage might uncover a stylish designer overrun.
It is always advisable to deal with reputable establishments; members of the Hong Kong Tourist Association (H.K.T.A.) are instantly recognizable by the red junk logo which is usually displayed prominently at the front of the store.
- Most shops are open seven day of week. Generally, the Inain areas are open is follows:
Hong Kong Island central: 10am-6pm
Causeway Bay and Wan Chai: 10am-9.30pm
Kowloon TsimSha Isui East: 10am-7.30pm
TsimSha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok: 10am-9pm
- Shop around and compare prices and always deal with reputable HKTA Member establishments.
- Get a guarantee for goods such as cameras, electronic: equipment and watches.
Three types are available:
a) Worldwide international guarantees.
b) Local guarantees valid only in Hong Kong.
c) Local retailer guarantees.
- Guarantees should carry the item's description, the model and serial number, dale of purchase, store name, .address and stamp.
- Receipts for electronic, photographic and audiovisual equipment should specify brand name, model number, serial number and itemized prices. Jewellery receipts should describe contents.
- Take out an extra All Risks insurance policy for shipping and packing of fragile or expensive items.
- Generally, goods are non-refundable unless they are faulty or misrepresented.
- Deposits of up to 50 per cent are usually required for custom-made goods.
- Both cash and major credit cards are widely accepted although credit card use may increase the price.
- Consult your Consulate or Trade Commission regarding duty regulations in your home country.
- Goods bought at markets or factory outlets are not exchangeable.
- For general shopping advice or HKTA Member enquiries, call the HKTA Membership Department on 801 7278.