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Shopping in Hong Kong

Once famous for bargain electronics and imitation brand names, Hong Kong is no longer as cheap as it once was and prices are now closer to European or American averages if not higher.

Key areas

Shops selling Chinese art objects and souvenirs cluster around the escalator up to the Mid-Levels and nearby Cat Street. More expensive antiques, art and collectibles can be found along Hollywood Road. However, any bargain hunter also planning to visit mainland China should do their research in Hong Kong but save their purchases for north of the border. Within Hong Kong, Shanghai Tang, right by Central MTR station, is probably the best venue for quality Chinese goods - silks, fabrics, ornaments and furniture. There are computer superstores in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Mong Kok, full of tiny booths selling the silicon equivalent of Hong Kong tailoring and teenage hustlers pushing pirated software.


Although famous for its designer malls, Hong Kong also has some great markets that provide a cheaper and more vibrant alternative to the luxury shopping experience. For the best bargains, head to the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon. It’s open from noon until 2300 and sells everything from souvenir chopsticks to T-shirts and sunglasses. For the best atmosphere, check out the Temple Street Night Market where you can haggle over handbags, listen to wannabe Chinese opera stars or have your fortune told. The market starts coming alive around 1800 and stays open until midnight. Get the MTR to Jordan and leave at exit A. For gifts or collectibles, the Jade Market, at the junction of Kansan and Battery streets in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, is also a good option.

Shopping centres

Mall rats in Hong Kong have plenty of warrens to choose from. The most swish of the lot, IFC Mall in Central, has everything from Swarovski crystal to McDonald's burgers. Pacific Place, in Admiralty, has three floors of almost entirely luxury brands, while The Landmark and Prince's Building vie for the custom of chic Hong Kongers. Harbour City, near the Star Ferry terminal in Kowloon, is jam-packed with designer brands and boasts a flashy Lane Crawford, HK's own upmarket department store. Causeway Bay has the big Japanese department store, Sogo, and Hong Kong-born homeware store G.O.D as well as the towering Times Square.

Opening hours

Standard opening hours for shopping in Hong Kong are 1000-1900 daily and later in many cases.


Take your pick - you can buy just about anything in Hong Kong from jewellery, watches, authentic and fake designer fashion wear, to beauty products, leather goods, electronics, computers, antiques, art, furniture and traditional items such as porcelain, hand-painted tea sets, tableware and made-to-order Chinese clothing. Pick up Chinese food and spirits too, such as Chinese cakes, dried seafood and yellow wine, a popular rice-based drink.

Tax information

Hong Kongers bridle at the very idea of a sales tax, so visitors can forget about hoarding their receipts until the government finally decides to plug its deficit this way.

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W Hong Kong

This design-led Hong Kong hotel offers incredible skyline views from all 393 rooms. The interior draws on inspiration from the environment with tree-like columns in the main entrance, and the rooftop swimming pool on the 76th floor is one of the highest in the world. Its plush lounge, the Living Room, is great too.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Mandarin Oriental, which overlooks Victoria Harbour from its perch right in the middle of Central, is a Hong Kong institution. The 501 rooms are known for their elegance, and its tearooms and buffets also enjoy a loyal following. The lobby has style to spare with a somewhat recherché art deco flavour.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

 The five star hotel offers magnificent city or harbor views from all 312 guest rooms. It is an elevated luxury experience to stay in one of the most distinctive five star hotels in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong. A contemporary and exclusive haven of East meets West modern décor, highlighted by local artwork.

Espace Elastique B&B

Finding a cheap homey B&B is more challenging in Hong Kong than most major Asian cities. Thankfully Espace Elastique fits the bill. Situated on Lantau Island in the village of Tai O it only has two rooms which can be found round the back of the charming little restaurant run by the hotel's owner. There's even a rooftop with loungers.

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 This 4.5 star hotel is situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, offering a unique window on Hong Kong and the most vibrant and genuine experience of city life. It provides delicious local and international cuisine, cocktails on the club floor, a stylish pool and also spa floor.

J Plus Hotel by YOO

Meaning 'home' in Mandarin, JIA is the first boutique hotel in Asia designed by Philippe Starck. This Hong Kong hotel has 32 studios and 24 suites including two luxurious duplex penthouses, all of which include fully equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and home theatre systems. Guests are also entitled to exclusive perks such as entry to slick private members clubs, complementary champagne in selected bars, and a free harbour cruise.