Many Chinese mainlanders visit Hong Kong for one simple reason, shopping. This mainly due to many items in Hong Kong being tax-free. Hong Kong has a mix of modern retail departments stores, big luxury brand stores, shopping streets through to street markets.
One of the main shopping destinations is Harbour City which is the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong featuring over 700 shops. It stretches along the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui and has a floor area of 2 million square feet! Along it’s Canton Road frontage there are the big luxury brand name stores including Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Channel, Dolce & Gabbana, Boss, Armani, Chanel, Hermes and more! Moving inside there’s a range of women’s and men’s fashion stores, beauty products, baby products, kids clothes and toys, sportswear and also a hotel and 2 cinemas. There’s also plenty of restaurants in the building too.
At the Star Ferry Pier end of the Harbour City building is Star City which features shoes and electronics including laptops, digital cameras, and mobile phones.
Another large, and very new, shopping mall is iSquare on Nathan Road is 31 floors tall with most of the shops located on the lower 7 floors featuring a mix of fashion, some electronics, and home wares. There’s also plenty of restaurants, the tasty burgers and chips at ‘Kraze Burgers’ are recommended! There’s also a cinema in the complex.
For electronics shopping in Hong Kong head to the Mong Kok Computer Centre. There’s also loads of retail shops along Nathan Road and its surrounding streets selling Nikon, Canon, Sony and other brand digital cameras and lenses. I’m told it’s best to double check pricing and goods quality from stores around here. For a more detailed guide see the post Shopping in HK for Electronics & Computers at theHKShopper
Around the Mong Kok area is where the markets are at including the popular Ladies Market (Tung Choi St), Temple St Night Market and Sports Goods street (Fa Yuen St).
There’s plenty of shopping across the harbour in Central too, including many malls like the Shun Tak Centre, Wing On, Vicwood Plaza and the modern IFC mall. If you’re looking for fabric, silk etc. head to the Western Market. All the aforementioned are within walking distance of each other near the HK-Macau Ferry Terminal on Connaught Rd Central. There’s also plenty of market stalls on Li Yuen Street East and West Streets which is also in the area of the ferry terminal on Central.
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