During the Hong Kong Shopping Festival in July and August each year, the region of Hong Kong puts on special events and the stores put on sales for the festival. People like shopping in Hong Kong for better quality and prices than they can get in the Mainland and perhaps their own country.
For years, Hong Kong has had about the highest retail rental for stores which meant that shopping in Hong Kong is about the most popular in the world.
The Global Shopper Index listed Hong Kong as the best to place to shop in Asia in 2015 figuring in characteristics such as variety, price, ease of travel, enjoyment and entertainment. In fact, it was rated as substantially better than the next city in Asia.
You can generally find bargains on most products better than elsewhere in Asia while at the same time enjoying yourself. You'll find about the widest variety of products in Asia along with about the best dining and best luxury stores in Asia at the best prices.
Don't sweat the summer heat: Hong Kong can be sweltering in July and August, but don't fret about it because every mall in Hong Kong has air conditioning. This makes shopping a pleasant experience. However, we do recommend getting out on the streets to enjoy the life and do some bargaining in any of the street markets. It is comfortable after sundown, and you can try the street food and eat outside when the weather is good.
Hong Kong doesn't have the biggest shopping malls in Asia, but they are big, and some are very ritzy. In them, you'll find a lot of Asia's best restaurants as rated by the Michelin Guide. The malls in Hong Kong range from the most luxurious to middle priced.
Hong Kong Island has some of the area's best malls in a big area stretching from Central District to Causeway Bay, and the priciest malls are next to each other in Central District. These luxury malls are the Landmark and the new IFC Mall in the IFC tower.
Transport: Access to Central District is easy via the Star Ferry terminal in Central or the Central MTR station. From the Star Ferry terminal in Central, there is a long covered walkway above the ground that goes directly to the IFC skyscraper. From there, it is a short walk to the Landmark.
Parks and sightseeing: On the island, there are also parks, good free zoos, natural parks and beaches, hiking areas, and the big and renovated Ocean Park amusement park. So along with shopping, you can recreate and have some fun. Strolling around the area, you can see the British Colonial buildings and visit the parks and zoos.
Parks and beaches: Much of the island is covered by public forest land that makes the island scenery beautiful and that makes for good and safe natural hiking areas. All of these attractions on the one island makes the place a good place go shopping with kids.
Dining: From Chinese noodle restaurants to the most high gourmet French and Cantonese restaurants in the Landmark or the IFC Towers, you have a wide range of places to eat juxtaposed all together in Central and Admiralty. See our Recommended Restaurants in Hong Kong>>
The boat restaurants at Aberdeen are famous among tourists for a novel place for seafood. Prices are high, but most tourists enjoy the novelty of eating over the sea.
Other than malls, Hong Kong is known for its many street market areas where you can find everything from flowers, goldfish, jade, clothes and purses. Although often crowded, these markets are exciting.
If you venture out and around the Mong Kok area in Kowloon, there are several street markets. Temple Street Night Market, Ladies Market and Jade Market are located here and are worth exploring. In addition, the flower market and goldfish market are fun to look at.
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People in Hong Kong have a high demand for quality electronics. Therefore, the latest is always available. International brands are sold cheaper in Hong Kong than Mainland China because of high tariffs there, so crowds of Chinese pack the stores.
Hong Kong is also a good place to get bargains on Chinese-made electronics. Chinese buyers shop here because of the better quality and reliability of Chinese-made goods.
In the bigger shopping malls in Central in Hong Kong, you can find most brands of cosmetics. These stores offer you more service and are willing to cater to your needs. Prices are often good, and you can find both Asian and Western brands alike. They are sold for much more in China. If you want something less expensive, the stores Colourmix, Sasa, and Bonjour can be found all over Hong Kong, and they have a reasonable range of products both for make-up and skin care. These stores are worth a bargain hunt.
Not quite willing to spend too much money on shopping, but want something good? Pressed for time before leaving or have a long layover? Hong Kong has several outlet stores. One of them is Citygate that is conveniently located in Tung Chung on Lantau Island and is only 5 minutes from the airport. The big mall has several of the big brands of sports attire, cosmetics and clothes. In addition, there are several restaurants and a big food court to sit down at for a little something to eat.
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