What to Buy in Hong Kong

Shop signs on Nathan Rd, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia
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Hong Kong’s demise as a shopping paradise is much exaggerated and there are still plenty of bargains to be found in the city—Hong Kong is still a duty free port. It's true that the days of saving buckets full of money when shopping in Hong Kong are gone, but there are a number of products that are still cheap to buy in Hong Kong and you should still get a bargain when compared to UK, US, or Australian prices. Below you’ll find a list of the top five cheap to buy in Hong Kong products.

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    Golden Computer Arcade and Golden Computer Centre
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    Consider this the land of the nerds. Hong Kongers love their computers, and you’ll find the world’s cutting edge technology at very reasonable prices. Hong Kong has a number of computer markets; which are dedicated buildings featuring hundreds of independent sellers flogging computer hardware and software. So long as you know your Apple from your Acer you will save a walletful of cash. Laptops, gaming equipment, and digital bits and pieces are all on offer at excellent prices while video cards and other hardware for desktop PCs is another specialty. 

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    A tailor adjusting a suit
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    Hong Kong is hands down the best place in the world to pick up a superbly cut suit at a bargain price. The Indian and Chinese tailors here are some of the most talented in the world and continue to suit up British royalty, army top brass, and the world’s biggest celebrities. Prices are also excellent, and whether you want double breasted, Italian fabric or a cheap and cheerful linen number, you’ll find it here. Tailors are also well geared to the globetrotting business crowd and can organize suits in 48 hrs. Some of the celebrity tailors even go on world tours.

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    Shop signs on Nathan Road
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    Hong Kong has long been lauded as a haven for picking up cheap electronics; unfortunately, prices are no longer as competitive as they once were and you’ll need to be a little wiser when looking for deals. In general, the chain shops here will be no cheaper than in the US and only slightly cheaper than the UK. To save money, you’ll need to hit the Hong Kong's independent retailers. Here, if you’re willing to forgo a brand name, and a warranty, speaker docks, headphones and other audio equipment is usually cut price. You should also be able to get a good deal on high-end cameras and lenses.

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    Dongmen Pedestrian Street (Dongmen Lu), a popular shopping and restaurant area
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    Hong Kong used to be the workshop of the world. Today most of the globe’s clothes now bear the stamp Made in China, but they are manufactured just across the border in Guangzhou. That means Hong Kong is still awash with cheap clothes. You’ll find hundreds of shops and market stalls all over the city selling cut price clothing for little more than a couple of dollars. And, while the dresses and shirts might not say H&M or GAP, at least some of the clothing looks similar. Sham Shui Po and Causeway Bay are good fashion neighborhoods to poke around.

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    Louis Vuitton shop in Central Hong Kong.
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    They certainly aren’t cheap, at least in the traditional sense, but Hong Kong probably squeezes more luxury boutiques and stylish emporiums per square block than anywhere else on the globe. The streets of Central are stuffed with the likes of Gucci, Luis Vuitton, and Armani, not to mention a long list of ‘only shop in Asia’ designers and jewelers.