May 25 2009
In Hong Kong, there’s always a sale that awaits you. Hong Kong is a shopping mecca, especially during sale season which runs from July to August. In fact, the Hong Kong Shopping Festival attracts tourists from around the world because of massive sales and incredibly low prices from different shops. But even if its not sale season, most shops offer promos and discounts that keeps shoppers happy.
This self-confessed shopaholic can’t help but check out all the shops around the Tsim Sha Tsui area, while Jeff is overwhelmed with the outdoor shops in Mong Kok. Upon checking the tag prices of the items we’re interested in, we knew our wallets will be in deep trouble, the items are cheaper in Hong Kong compared with our prices here and these shopaholics grabbed the opportunity to shop till wallets ran dry.
Shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui:
The Tsim Sha Tsui area is teeming with boutiques and malls in every corner. There’s Harbour City, Silvercord Mall, New World Center and Sogo in the area. Flagship stores of Nike can be found inside Silvercord Mall providing shoppers with 3 floors of Nike sports goods. Don’t forget to visit Sasa perfume stores scattered around the area just like your normal 7-eleven. Perfumes are generally cheap in Hong Kong, so stop sniffing and stock up on those perfumes.
H&M is one shop I look forward to visit in HK, and I’m glad that I won’t have to go all the way to Central in Hong Kong island because their newest shop is located in Silvercord Mall, few minutes away from our guesthouse.
Along Canton Road, there’s a big Esprit Outlet Store, aside from the discounted prices, they even offer 30% discount for every 3 specially marked items bought, great!
Bossinni Outlet Store is located along Granville Road.
You all know how Skin Food beauty products are so damn expensive here in the Philippines, right? Well, there’s Skin Food along Granville Road too and other shops or dispensaries sell them cheaper.
Shopping in Mong Kok:
Electronic gadgets like cameras, laptops, cellphones, gameboys and PSPs are cheaper in Mong Kok. Make sure to compare prices from different stores and check out the freebies that come along with what you buy. For cameras, one reliable camera store in Mong Kok is Wing Shing located in Sai Yeung Choi Street.
The abundance of outdoor shops in Mong Kok is a paradise for mountaineers and sports-minded persons. You can find sports brands other than Timberland, The North Face and Columbia which can be found in the Philippines. Check out Langham Place in Mong Kok, there’s one whole floor of this mall dedicated to outdoor shops like Mountain Hardwear, Mirabell, La Fuma, etc…
I don’t recommend going to the famous Ladies Market in Sai Yeung Choi St. because of the unreasonable expensive prices knowing that tourists flock the night market. Besides, the goods sold in the Ladies Market can also be found in 168 Mall or Tutuban Mall in Divisoria, a lot cheaper too! So, if you’re in Hong Kong, better spend your money wisely and buy designer and branded items instead.
Shopping in Citygate Outlet Mall:
If outlet stores in Tsim Sha Tsui area is not enough, then head to Citygate Outlets where outlet stores of international brand names are housed under one roof. It is easy to go there since it’s adjacent to the MTR Tung Chung Station, you can’t miss this mall especially if you’re going to Ngong Ping 360.
Customer Service in Hong Kong:
What even made my shopping experience in Hong Kong remarkable is the superb customer service given to shoppers. No discrimination based on your looks and no snobbish storekeepers. Heck, they even assist you in the dressing room carrying a pile of clothes and still smile at you even if you won’t get any of those items you tried on after an hour. Do that here in the Philippines and you’ll get snide remarks and frowns from the sales assistants.
So when you’re visiting Hong Kong, make sure to bring a bigger luggage to make room for your new purchases. Be prepared for excess baggage charges and most importantly, from the prying eyes of customs officers waiting for you at the airport. Don’t forget to include the “pasalubong” for friends and relatives in your shopping list!
***photos by Jeffrey Siazon