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Hong Kong Shopping
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If Hong Kong is really the ‘City of Life’, then life is a mall. Some speculate that Hong Kongers need to go shopping to escape their cramped living spaces. Others simply attribute the shopping craze to greed and disposable income. The many missionary churches in town may owe their business to guilt, coming from the widespread habit of shopping right through Sunday. The main shopping areas are frantic at weekends and merely chaotic during the rest of the week.

Once popular for bargain electronics and imitation brand-names, Hong Kong is not as as cheap as it was in the past and prices are now closer to American and European. Serious bargain hunters would do better shopping in Bangkok. Shops offering Chinese art objects and souvenirs are set up around the escalator up to the Mid-Levels and on nearby Cat Street. Any bargain hunter also wanting to visit mainland China should do their price checking and research in Hong Kong but save their purchases for north of the border. Within Hong Kong, Shanghai Tang, close to Central MTR station, is possibly the best place for quality Chinese goods – fabrics, silks, furniture and ornaments.

Mallrats in Hong Kong have lots of warrens to choose from. Pacific Place, in Admiralty, contains three floors of almost entirely luxury brands, and the Landmark and Prince’s Arcade vie for the custom of chic Central. Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong MTR station, situated in northern Kowloon, is well worth the long trip from Central, for its variety and good quality. Causeway Bay has the large Japanese department stores, Sogo and Mitsukoshi, and the towering Times Square. Tourist items and souvenirs, often quite tacky, are best bought either along the hotel strip of Nathan Road on Kowloon Side or at Stanley Market.

Causeway bay has computer stores, Wanchai and Mongkok, full of small booths offering the silicon equivalent of Hong Kong tailoring and teenage hustlers selling pirated software. However, for most electrical products, there are worse locations than the many branches of the Fortress chain.

Hong Kong also has its share of markets. One of the best is the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, located on Prince Edward Road West, in Kowloon. Open daily 07:00–20:00, this market is mainly concerned with the sale of song birds. Close by, on Tung Choi Street, is a golfish maket and a flower market.

Opening hours are daily 09:30–19:00 and later in some cases. Hong Kongers bridle at the very thought of a sales tax, so visitors can forget about saving their receipts until the government decides to plug its deficit this way.

Bamboo Garden Dragon Beard Candy, the most representative souvenir in Hong Kong. Dragon Beard Candy was a Chinese Emperor’s best favor over two thousand years. The crafted candy is made from thousand crystalline threads of maltose with tasty ingredients. Bamboo Garden Icy-crispy Dragon Beard Candy at the Hong Kong International Airport brings you the essence of traditional Chinese edible art as a representation souvenir from Hong Kong.
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