Below are some 'off the beaten track' areas that you may wish to explore and shop:
Please visit the HKTA website for directions to the more well-known shopping places such as Stanley Market, The Lanes in Central and Granville Road. Note that prices in the tourist and more well-known districts will be substantially higher than 'local' shopping areas. Be wary of some of the electronics and camera shops in Nathan Road - make sure you have done your product and price research before you venture in to these places! Also watch that the product you think you purchased is what's in the box that they give you. Cameras in the more professional shops in Stanley Street, Central, display prices in the windows and seem to be more of an honest bunch to deal with. Do your homework on prices before you come and always ask for an international guarantee.
If you have a complaint about being ripped-off in any Hong Kong shop, you can whinge via email at the Consumer Council - be warned, the site is as slow and confusing to navigate as can be expected from a Gov't department. However, the department itself is very efficient and will do its utmost to settle any dispute.
Public Holidays in HK usually mean an
increase in crowds in shopping areas and only at Chinese New Year will
you notice that some shops and market places will be closed. The main
malls stay open 365 days a year from around 11am up to 11pm in some places.
Although this is a welcome development for HK residents who can now buy almost anything here that is available around the world, a visitor is only likely to find a bargain in these places during one of the major Sales held in July/August nd January/February each year (this is only my personal opinion). Of course, Hong Kong is a Duty Free city, so for some visitors it may be cheaper to shop here at any time for certain items. Important Note.
Prince Edward - Street Market/Flower Market and great Export Label shopping.
Factory Outlets Hong Kong is still
a garment manufacturing hub and despite the fact that many of the factories
are now in China, factory outlets can still be found in various places
here, selling all the famous European and US brands at bargain basement
prices. I will do my best to keep details on outlets listed updated, but
please call them first to make sure. For other type of outlets (furniture/warehouse
shopping), come back again soon or email me and I'll let you know when
I have the information posted. Lots more places to be added soon!