Shopping in Hong Kong is going to be an incredible experience. Hong Kong shopping is famous for its competitive prices and enormous product varieties. Hong Kong imposes no import tax, no sales tax or value added tax. You can buy the hottest, trendiest and newest items at highly competitive prices. As a native Hong Konger, I would want to tell you some interesting facts about Hong Kong shopping – what and where to buy.
Many people don’t plan to buy expensive items while travelling. However if you are shopping in Hong Kong, you would have to change your mind. Diamond and gold are popular to buy here. You would find eye-catching sparkling jewellery shops in Central, Causeway Bay, Tsimshatsui and many other areas. You must be convinced by their fashionable designs, first-class craftsmanship and attractive window displays.
It is safe to buy diamond and gold here because Hong Kong has an ordinance that vendors have to give customers correct information of carat rating and gold purity.
Chow Tai Fook, Chow Sang Sang, Tse Tsui Lun are very reputable local chain stores. J’s, Just Gold, Just Diamond and Van Cleef Arpels are selling very fashionable items.
Large chain stores like Fortress and Broadway have a wide selection of the latest products like LCD or Plasma TV, digital camera, iPod, MP3, video camera etc.
Hong Kong shopping is for everything. I did see people at the Hong Kong Airport taking home TV sets and other over-sized electronics. Don’t worry about weight and size, just buy whatever you want, as prices and product ranges are extremely attractive.
Electronics are best to be shopped at reputable chain stores. Shopping malls in Causeway Bay and Tsimshatsui have many large electronics stores.
Large and beautiful mobile phone shops are everywhere in Hong Kong. The mobile phones here are not just mobile phones. Other than the latest 3G technologies, they are equipped with all kind of functionalities such as photo-taking, video call, email, MP3/4 etc. Just start at HK$1,000 (US$125) and you’ll get more functions if you pay more.