Shopping in Asia
Discover some of the world's best shopping in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's air-conditioned mega-malls contain a 'who's who' of international designer brand names from around the world, as well as world-class department stores and designer boutiques that cater to every conceivable taste and budget. Enjoy the fine dining and gourmet food outlets in Hong Kong's malls and look out for fashion shows previewing the very latest trends from around the world. Browse stores such as Britain's Marks & Spencer, Japan's SOGO and Seibu as well as Hong Kong favourites such as Wing On, Sincere and Lane Crawford. While outside, check out local goods in traditional open-air markets, crammed among the towering skyscrapers. All this to be enjoyed in a city that offers a diverse mix of eastern and western influences set against a stunning backdrop of towering skyscrapers, colonial buildings and traditional temples.
Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme
For the best guarantee of satisfaction, head to shops that display the QTS sign, which is given to accredited shops and restaurants under the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Quality Tourism Services scheme. This scheme certifies shops and restaurants that pass stringent annual assessments showing that they can, among other criteria, provide genuine products (with clearly marked process) and deliver good customer service.
Hong Kong Island (Central and Western): 10am to 7pm (8pm along Queen's Road); Hong Kong Island (Causeway Bay and Wan Chai): 10am to 9.30pm; Kowloon (Tsim Shat Sui and Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok): 10am to 9pm. Many shops are open Sunday. Shopping hours may vary greatly.
All goods, other than alcohol and tobacco, are tax-free, helping to make Hong Kong one of the world's most attractive shopping destinations.
The winter sales (late December to February) and Hong Kong's Summer Temptations sale (July to September) offer additional discounts and special offers to shoppers from around the world.
Duty free airport shopping
SkyPlaza at Hong Kong International Airport's Terminal 2 offers 35,000m2 of facilities, providing a wide range of themed duty free stores, renowned local and international food outlets and various entertainment areas. Nearby Citygate Outlets in Tung Chung is only a short taxi ride away from the airport. Here you can find more than 50 international brand names shops offering year-round 30 to 70 per cent discounts as well as a six-screen cinema, various food outlets and the 440-room Novotel Citygate Hong Kong.
Chinese clothing, gold jewellery and arts and crafts including silk, embroideries, cloisonné (colourful enamel separated by thin strips of brass), jade and wooden handicraft items.
Best time to visit
The best months to visit Hong Kong are October through to December when the skies are sunny and clear, with pleasant breezes and an average temperature of 16°C. In January and February the temperature can drop to below 10°C. Typhoon season is between May and September. Summer temperatures average 28°C between July and August.
Best shopping areas
Here's a run-down of Hong Kong's most interesting shopping areas.
Hong Kong Island
Central Within the shimmering skyscrapers of Hong Kong's Central district sit a number of marble-floored shopping atriums and malls. The main shopping centres include The Landmark, The Galleria, Prince's Building, Alexandra House and ifc mall. Inside, you can find a huge range of designer shops and exclusive brand names. Don't miss browsing the parallel streets in Central, known locally as 'The Lanes', located between Queen's Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central: Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West offer stalls hawking everything from inexpensive clothing, watches and costume jewellery to luggage and shoes. For photographic bargains head to Stanley Street; for antiques browse Hollywood Road, which sits above the Central business district; and further west towards Sheung Wan, discover Central's stepped 'ladder' streets for a range of goods being offered by sidewalk hawkers.
Western District In Sheung Wan, discover a renovated Edwardian building filled with Chinese handicraft stores and fabric shops. Located at the corner of Connaught Road and Morrison Street, this district is famous for its small Chinese-style shops selling dried seafood and medicinal herbs.
Cat Street Bazaar Best known for stalls and shops selling antiques, watches, old coins and stone carvings. You will also find many fascinating Chinese herbal medicine stores.
Admiralty Admiralty is famous for its brand-name luxury goods. Don't miss strolling through Admiralty Pacific Place, one of Hong Kong's most popular malls. Here you can find more than 130 outlets, including internationally renowned designer labels and the Lane Crawford and Seibu department stores. Conveniently, Pacific Place is connected to the Admiralty MTR Station.
Tsim Sha Tsui In this bustling district it's easy to discover numerous shopping centres, factory outlets and department stores. On Granville Road sits Harbour City, the area's largest and most famous shopping and entertainment complex; it is also a port for visiting cruise liners. Further along is Star House, where you can browse for the latest in computer equipment. On nearby Canton Road you will find designer wear from local and international designers, while a one-block stroll away lies Nathan Road's famous Golden Mile, renowned for its dazzling array of brightly-lit, neon-decorated shops, hotels, restaurants and nightspots. For a wide assortment of jewellery, clothes shops and street markets, head to Temple Street in Yau Ma Tei district. To discover the neighbourhood's charms, take an evening stroll through the Temple Street Night Market or the Jade Market.
Maritime Square, Tsing Yi Enjoy a fascinating combination of old and new Hong Kong. The square features more than 200 shops, themed restaurants and a cinema. Its proximity to Hong Kong International Airport makes it a great stop-off for transit passengers.
Hong Kong's street markets Discover a world of excitement and colour as you wander among the fascinating range of wares on sale.
Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong Island Stanley Market is the perfect place to buy something special for friends or relatives. The historic fishing lanes, open from 9am to 6pm daily, are jam-packed with vendors selling Chinese artwork, silk collectibles and curios.
Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Mong Kok, Kowloon Check out the amazing Bird Garden, a favourite gathering place for Hong Kong's songbird owners. See a range of exotic goods, from intricately crafted bird cages to nutritious grasshoppers. Open 7am to 8pm daily.
Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon Admire the colourful displays, sweet scents and the exotic blossoms, many of which are believed to bring good luck to the home. Open 7am to 7.30pm daily.