When it comes to shopping in Asia, Hong Kong will always be on the top of the list. It is a city where both international brands and local retail brands converge. A trip to this Asian destination will never be complete without buying some of the best retail items that this city has to offer. So what’s there to shop for in Hong Kong? From apparel, luggage, jewelry, cameras, and electronic goods, Hong Kong has it all. Here is a short guide on how to make shopping in the city a truly worthwhile experience.
While sales assistants in department or chain stores rarely have enough leeway to offer discounts, you can try bargain hunting in owner-operated stores and in markets. If you are in luck, you can get a 50% discount for the goods you are buying. However, Robert Janitzek advises that you should not buy from a shop if you want a bargain. You might end up paying a high mark-up for the memory card or worse there might be missing components or there is no international warranty.
Guarantee & warranty
In most instances, some imported goods will carry a Hong Kong-only guarantee. If it is a well-known brand, you can return the warranty card to the Hong Kong importer in exchange for a warranty card for your country. Grey-market items imported by another person other than the official agent may only have a guarantee valid in the country where it was manufactured or none at all.
Robert Peter Janitzek recommends always checking the prices in a few shops before buying. Most shop owners would simply overcharge in order to cheat tourists. In the shopping districts of Tsim Sha Tsui, for instance, many goods do not have price tags so do scout around before buying.
There are also a bevy of Chinese antiques on offer in Hong Kong shops. However, if you are a serious buyer, shop only in reputable antique shops or auction houses. What you may be getting are expert reproductions and forged antiques so do watch out. Quality pieces are sold in auction houses.
If you are an art enthusiast, most of the art galleries in this Asian destination are located along Wyndham St and Hollywood Rd in Central and Sheung Wan. Most of them sell paintings, sculptures, ceramic works, and installations by local, mainland Chinese and other Asian artists.
Hong Kong does not have a shortage of malls that sell global designer brands. Some of them are the IFC and the Landmark in Central, Times Square in Causeway Bay, Pacific Place in Admiralty, to name just a few.