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Shopping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong enjoys the reputation of a leading shopping destination of the world. Not only tourists, even Hong Kongers enjoy shopping at its many animated markets, gleaming malls, plentiful department and individual stores. All these avenues of retail thus, offer an abundance of products catering to all budgets and preferences.

The strong entrepreneurial spirit of Hong Kongers coupled with a conducive business environment ensures Hong Kong’s vibrant and constantly evolving retail sector is to the forefront of the economy. Almost every global brand has a representation in Hong Kong and the city often serves as a testing ground for brand launches in Asia.

Shopping Venues in Hong Kong

Malls

If you consider yourself a mall rat, then youwill be delighted by Hong Kong’s many offerings.  Malls are a ubiquitous feature of Hong Kong’s shopping landscape though, like most buildings in Hong Kong, they extend upwards rather than horizontally. Clothing, lifestyle products, homewares, beauty products and more are all on offer at Hong Kong’s many malls. Hong Kong’s malls are a popular locale for weekend recreation and thus host a plethora of entertainment, recreational and dining options as well. Spending a day at the mall is not an uncommon activity for Hong Kongers, especially when the weather outside is particularly unkind.

Prominent malls on Hong Kong island include the IFC mall, Pacific Place, the Landmark, Times Square Mall, Hysan Place and Lee Gardens, Fashion Walk, and City Plaza. The Pulseis a newly launched mall gracing the ocean front heaven of Repulse Bay. Not to be outdone Kowloon and the New Territories, also have their own portfolio of swanky malls. The I Square mall, the K-11 mall, the One, the Elements mall, Harbour City, Festival Walk, New Town Plaza, Olympian City, Telford Plaza, Mega Box, Langham Place and the World of Whampoa are some of the heavily-trafficked malls located here.

Aside from these malls, several localities have their own shopping enclaves like Aberdeen Centre, Marina Square, Koda Plaza,Repulse Bay Arcade, Shatin Centre and Plaza which host myriad stores, catering to the everyday needs of the area’s residents. Discount shopping is also available at Hong Kong’s main outlet malls like Citygate Outlet sand China HongKong City. These malls house stores that offer productoverruns as well as marked down merchandise from previous seasons of well-known luxury brands. It’s worth mentioning that Hong Kong is also home to the only Asian outlet store of luxe Italian designer brand Prada. The store is tucked away in a quiet corner of a neighborhood mall, Marina Square.

Markets

6909078122_1cde481317_zLike many other Asian cities, Hong Kong abounds with vibrant street markets. These busy centers of commerce are a magnet for Hong Kong’s many tourists though they attract locals as well with their competitive prices and huge selection of wares. Street markets are present all over Hong Kong, though some of the most popular street markets in Hong Kong are located in Kowloon. These immensely popular markets include Tung Choi Street or Ladies Market in MongKok(open from 4pm to midnight daily), Temple Street Night Market in Yau Ma Tei and the Apliu Street market in Sham Sui Po.

Fashion accessories, apparel, designer replicas, stationery and many other trinkets can be had at the Ladies’ and Temple Street Night Markets. Apliu Street market, on the other hand, is renowned as a locale for ‘cheap shopping.’ Apparel, electronics, electronic components, second-hand smartphones, audio-visual equipment, sneakers, fabrics, gemstones are some of the various products on sale at this ‘bargain’ shopping hub. Street markets are also evident on Hong Kong Island. In Central, two narrowly alleys, Li Yuen Street West and Li Yuen East popularly referred to as ‘the lanes’ offer the street market shopping experience for those shoppers who don’t want to travel afar. Prices quoted in ‘the lanes’ are somewhat higher than those quoted in Kowloon and the traders of Central are not as amenable to bargaining. The Jardine’s Crescent Market in busy Causeway Bay and expat favorite Stanley market located on the southern tip of the island are other markets worth perusing on Hong Kong Island. Aside from these generic markets, Hong Kong also hosts various specialized markets.  The Goldfish Market, the Flower Market, the Jade Market, the Dried Seafood and Chinese medicine market (in Sheung Wan) and the Cat Street Antique Market along Hollywood Road) are major tourist haunts.

Other notable Hong Kong markets offering bargains galore include the Fa Yuen Street Sneaker Market, the Business Card Market (Man Wah lane in Sheung Wan) and the Shanghai Street Wedding Dress Market. Newer markets on the Hong Kong’s shopping scene include a farmer’s market, Island East Market and the stylish and hip hub of all things artisanal and cool, the PMQ market. Haggling and bargaining are quite the norm in the street markets in Hong Kong, with both shoppers and vendors enjoying the tussle over prices.

Department Stores

Swank malls may be the rule of the day on Hong Kong’s retail landscape.  However, the territory’s old-fashioned multi-level department stores continue to attract custom until today. Outposts of chainslike Sogo Hong Kong, Wing On and Sincere offer a huge selection of products all in one place and thus, continue to be popular.

Shopping sources

Furniture

Horizon Plaza, a malllocated the neighborhood of Ap Lei Chau on the Southside of Hong Kong Island is a leading destination for furniture shopping in Hong Kong. This lifestyle mall is home to outlets of Hong Kong’s leading home décor brands like Tree, Indigo Living, Tequila KoalaShambalaGoods of Desire amongst others. Many of the stores located within Horizon Plaza offer bespoke furniture-making services as well. Home Square located in Shatin(New Territories) is another mall offering furniture and home décor options.

Other popular (more economical) choices include outlets ofreasonably priced chain stores like IKEA, MujiPrice RiteJade Rattan Hong Kong and Takad. Several furniture stores also line main thoroughfares of the city, like Queens Road East in Wan Chai and Java Road in North Point and offer ready-built as well as custom-made furniture. Savvy furniture shoppers in Hong Kong also tend to cross the border into China and undertake guided furniture-buying trips to popular Chinese furniture producing areas like Shenzhen and Zhuhai.  Another source for procuring furniture is the classified sections of the popular Hong Kong expat sites, Geoexpat.com and Asiaexpat.com.  Expats departing from Hong Kong routinely list their furniture and other wares for sale on these sites.

Electronic appliances

The electrical outlets in Hong Kong fit the three-pronged UK-style plugs and the standard voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts, 50 HZ. If you need to outfit your home with electric appliances, the best offerings are found at stores,which are outlets of chains like Fortress, Broadway and Sunning. These companies have a presence throughout Hong Kong and offer a wide range of products of leading global brands.

Homewares

Hong Kong’s old-world department stores like Wingon, Sogo, Apita and Sincere offer a good selection of home wares as do the branches of the IKEA, Muji and Japan Home Store chains. Another good option for home wares is the large King Tak Hong store located on Queen’s Road East. Also, worth a whirl are the many small stores located within the city’s wet markets and neighborhood shopping centers.

Fashion and Apparel

Global luxury brands in recent years have made a beeline for Hong Kong, given the seemingly insatiable demand for fashion in Hong Kong and neighboring China. Mid-market brands like J.Crew, Gap, Top Shop, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters and others, have also followed suit to set up stores in Hong Kong.

Apart from these big, global brands the city also a well-established local fashion industry featuring a multitude of stand-alone stores and boutiques. However, if you wear a size that is larger than the common Asian sizes, you will probably struggle to find ready to wear apparel and footwear in Hong Kong. Some international brands like Marks and Spencer’s do carry bigger sizes in their local stores and there are also stores in Wan Chai, Stanley Market and MongKok, which sell large-sized garments, mainly export overruns of well-known brands sourced from factories in China.

Additionally,Hong Kong is also home to a thriving custom-tailoring industry renowned throughout the world. So it is relatively easy to get clothes and even shoes made to your size at the many bespoke tailoring and shoe-making outfits present throughout Hong Kong. For cheaper custom tailoring options, many Hong Kongers even head out to Louhou Commercial City in neighboring Shenzhen. The many tailors located here can rustle up garments and even courier them to your address in Hong Kong or elsewhere in the world.

Bookstores

Hong Kongers enjoy literary pursuits and even in this digital age; the city continues to host bookstores offering a wide variety of books and magazines in various international languages. Hong Kong’s popular bookstore chains include Dymock’s, Bookazine,Page One,Metrobooksand Swindon Books(parent company of Kelly and Walsh book stores). Other bookstores worth a mention are Elsite(the Hong Kong outpost of the famous Taiwanese bookstore chain) and Naxos Books and Video.

More specialized collections are offered by stores like Kubrick (books on film) in Yau Ma Tei,  Indosiam(books on Asian art and culture), Lok Man Books(rare books), Basheer(books on design) and  Parentheses(books in French). Second-hand bookstores like Book Smart and Flow Books have a loyal following amongst Hong Kongers.

Wine Stores

For oenophiles, Hong Kong is heaven.Hong Kong does not impose any duty on the import of wine into the territory and hence the city is today one of the biggest markets for wine. Wines from wine producing areas from around the globe are readily available at supermarkets and several specialized wine stores like Watson’s Wine, Rare and Fine Wines,My Wine Man and many others.

Children’s wear

Stores specializing in children’s wear are plentiful in Hong Kong. While several up market brands have their outlets at Prince’s Building in Central other popular options include stores like Bumpstobabes, Babies R Us, Mamakid and many more. The Apple Mall located in the midst of Stanley Market is yet another popular shopping destination for children’s clothes and accessories.

Computers and other gizmos

Hong Kongers have a passion for new technologies. As a result the city, a growing hub for tech startups hosts several specialized marketplaces or computer centers, which offer a whole host of tech-related wares including smartphones and tablets. The Mong Kong Computer center and the Golden Computer Centre and Arcade in Sham Sui Po, the Wan Cha Computer Centre (next to the Wan Chai MTR station), the 298 Computer Centre (on 298 Hennessey Road) and the Computer Mall in Windsor House, Causeway Bay are some of the best spots in Hong Kong to buy tech products.

Also, worth a mention are shopping centres like Prosperity Building (on 61, Tung Choi Street)and the Grand Commercial Centre (on SaiYeung Choi street). Both these buildings located in MongKok, are populated with stores selling upscale, high-end hi-fi systems and audio-visual offerings.

Online shopping

Hong Kongers have traditionally enjoyed going out to shop, as they tend to treat shopping as a recreational activity. However, online shopping is gaining popularity nowadays.  The Chinese online marketplace Taobao attracts millions of shoppers from Hong Kong as do various other sites that offer shipping to Hong Kong.

The shopping scenario in Hong Kong is extremely vibrant and truly representative of the unflagging entrepreneurial spirit of the city.

 

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This data protection information applies to the use of the website https://www.engelvoelkers.com/hongkong/ (hereinafter referred to as “website”) and the Property Search App, a mobile application for property searches (hereinafter referred to as “property app”) and is valid from 25 May 2018.

The following information applies to both the website and the property app, unless expressly stated otherwise. 

Engel & Völkers VJI Limited in its function of responsible authority (hereinafter also referred to as “Engel & Völkers”) informs its users that

by using the website, personal data about them will be processed, in particular:

●    personal data (e.g. e-mail address, first name, surname, title, address, telephone number – in the following “Data” or “Personal data”) provided by users at the time of registration on the website (e.g. in connection with contact requests and mailing of newsletters);

●    personal data transferred from the user’s internet browser each time the user accesses the website is stored within log files, also known as server logs. This data comprises: IP address (Internet protocol address) of the accessing computer; name of the accessed site; date and time of access; related URL from which the user accesses the site; number of transferred data items; status report of successful access; session ID number.

by using the property app, personal data about them will be processed, in particular:

●    e-mail address, first name, surname, title, address, telephone number provided by users at the time of sending an enquiry;

●    Whenever the app is accessed, the usage data of the respective app user is saved. This data comprises: operating system used and, if applicable, the browser type, current language setting of the smartphone, information about the Internet service provider of the user, name of the retrieved page and, if applicable, the origin page, date and time of retrieval, amount of data transmitted, status report on whether the retrieval was successful, session identification number.

Purpose of processing

Engel & Völkers, as a responsible authority, processes the personal data of website users for the following purposes:

●    Fulfilment of user’s requests (legal basis is contract performance and the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in transferring contact requests within the Engel & Völkers Group to the appropriate company. The above “Engel & Völkers Group” comprises Engel & Völkers AG and its domestic and foreign associated companies in terms of the German Companies Act Sec. 15 ff, and the (master) licensees affiliated with this group of companies. A current listing of these licensees can be obtained here: https://www.engelvoelkers.com/de/unternehmen/standorte/);

●    The forwarding of e-mail newsletters on the company’s own offers and advertising by the company or third parties to the legally permissible extent or based on consent. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in direct marketing, providing this is in accordance with the data protection and competition rules);

●    Analysis of the website for determining user behaviour. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in analysing user behaviour on our website for the purpose of continuously improving this or adapting it to the interests of our users);

●    Identification and possible blocking of users who have installed a so-called adblocker and who thereby block advertising. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers of providing users who do not block advertising with wholly or partially web-financed offers);

●    In order to prevent fraudulent activities or misuse on the website or in connection with the website and to observe the legal stipulations for safe websites. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in remedying errors, guaranteeing system security and identifying impermissible access or access attempts.)

The legal basis for the processing of personal data is GDPR Article 6(1)(a), if the processing is based on consent, Article 6(1)(b) if the basis for processing is a contractual relationship and Article 6(1)(f) if the basis is the legitimate interests of Engel & Völkers.

processes the personal data of property app users for the following purposes:

●      Fulfilment of the requests of the app users (legal basis of the data collection is the consent of the user in accordance with Art. 6(1)(a) EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). Analysis of the property app to determine usage behaviour (legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in analysing user behaviour in our property app for the purpose of continuously improving this or adapting it to the interests of our users);

Nature of supply of personal data and consequences of objection

The personal data is voluntarily provided by users. They may freely decide whether to make personal data available to Engel & Völkers and may subsequently withdraw their consent from the processing of personal data which have already been made available. Withdrawal may mean that the Engel & Völkers website is no longer usable.

Processing methods

Users’ personal data may only be processed in case of need and processing will be performed electronically only, in particular by way of: gathering, registration, organisation, storage, consultancy, processing, amendment, selection, extraction, comparison, use, interconnection, access and communication, blocking, deletion and destruction of the data. Processing may be carried out electronically or non-electronically.

Access to data

The personal data is processed by Engel & Völkers and (in respect of individual items) particularly by

●    Employees (permanent employees such as job-holders and independent property consultants) and consultants authorised to administer the website and property app and provide the associated services;

●    Third-party supplier companies (e.g. IT service providers, hosting providers, etc.) to which Engel & Völkers has outsourced processing services as part of a job processing agreement.

Information about the data

As the responsible authority we are able to provide information about your personal data. However, this information may only be given for the following reasons:

·       In the case of fulfilment of legal obligations or obligations arising from regulations and guidelines under national or European laws.

·       For defence in court in the case of a legal dispute.

Disclosure of data

If your query relates to offers from other companies of the Engel & Völkers Group, Engel & Völkers transfers the personal data entered by you in this case to the respective company from the Engel & Völkers Group with your prior consent or on the basis of its legitimate interests.[A10]  Other than this, your personal data will not be disclosed by Engel & Völkers.

Disclosure of data in non-EEA countries

In principle, Engel & Völkers does not transfer personal data to non-EEA countries without your consent. The servers used by Engel & Völkers are located within the European Union.

If your query relates to companies of the Engel & Völkers Group outside the European Union, we communicate your data under your consent.

In cases where personal data is transferred to countries that do not offer the same level of protection as within the European Union and you have not expressly agreed to the transfer of your data to those countries by way of your consent, Engel & Völkers will ensure that certain contractual obligations under applicable data protection law (including the execution of standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission) are agreed with each service provider, unless Engel & Völkers can invoke other legal grounds for the transfer of personal data.

Saving and deleting of data

Engel & Völkers saves personal data for the time necessary for achieving the purposes for which the data was gathered and processed, including any storage period stipulated under the applicable legislation (e.g. retention of bookkeeping vouchers) and in any case for a maximum of 24 months [A11] after the personal data was gathered.

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Use of cookies on the website

In order to improve website browsing, Engel & Völkers uses “cookies”. Cookies are small text files, generally consisting of letters and numbers, stored on the user’s web browser on their PC and containing pseudonymised data. Cookies allow a website to recognise the user’s computer in order to follow searches made on several pages of a website and to identify users who return to a website. Cookies may have technical, analytical or profiling purposes.

The direct and indirect cookies used by Engel & Völkers are summarised here: https://www.engelvoelkers.com/en-de/privacy-policy-ag/doc/ev_cookies_lp.pdf.

The website uses the following technical cookies:

For storing language selection _icl_visitor_lang_js, _icl_current_language, evlocale.For storing selection of measuring units engelundvoelkersconfig.For storing last search requests LAST_SEARCH.For storing the watchlist ID watchlist_id.For storing test reference within AB tests user_ab.For storing references to distributed systems in load balancers BIGipServergroup-rz-webfe-prod.

Engel & Völkers informs users that they may deactivate or remove cookies in their web browser by following the instructions on the following links:

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●      Safari (https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19214?viewlocale=en_US&locale=de_DE).

The website also uses analytical cookies set by third-party providers, e.g. Google (see also provisions on use of analysis programs and tracking tools) and Adroll (https://www.adroll.com/de-DE/about) /Privatsphäre) and Haufe (https://de.onlinehelp.umantis.com/index.php/Cookies).

In more detail:

a)       Google Analytics

Engel & Völkers uses the web analytics service Google Analytics from Google Inc. (“Google”) for analysing the use of websites. The information generated by cookies about the use of websites is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Engel & Völkers uses Google Analytics solely with the extension "ga ('set', 'anonymizeIp', true)", in order to ensure that IP addresses are only processed in a shortened version and in order to prevent direct references to individual persons. Google may transfer data to third parties if this is prescribed by law or if third parties process these data on behalf of Google. Google will not publish the IP address of the user in connection with other Google data. Users may at any time prevent the recording and storage of data by Google Analytics, by installing a Google-approved browser plug-in which can be downloaded from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

b)       Universal Analytics

Engel & Völkers uses the Universal Analytics functions provided by Google. These functions allow Engel & Völkers to record and analyse socio-demographic data about users by means of a Google ID (if available) and by means of cookies generated by Google from advertising contents (DoubleClick). If a Google ID is available, the data controller will be able to record this data across all devices (e.g. if users have both a smartphone and a PC) for analysing visitor flows across all devices. Users may at any time prevent the recording and storage of data by Google Analytics by installing a Google-approved browser plug-in which can be downloaded from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

This website does not use profiling cookies.

Use of cookies and other tracking in the Property App

Engel & Völkers needs statistical information on the use of the Property App to make it more user-friendly. For this purpose, Engel & Völkers deploys the following analysis tools. The providers of the tools process data, where personal data are processed, as a processor in accordance with the instructions of Engel & Völkers.

To find out which other cookies the Property App uses click here: https://www.engelvoelkers.com/en-de/privacy-policy-ag/doc/ev_cookies_lp.pdf.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). We use Google Analytics with the additional feature offered by Google to anonymise IP addresses: In this case, Google's IP address is usually already shortened within the EU and only in exceptional cases in the US and in any case only saved in abbreviated form. The privacy policy can be viewed here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/processorterms/

  

If you want to opt out of Google Analytics tracking, go to your system settings and disable Google Analytics access in the Tracking section of the “Engel & Völkers Property Search” app.

If you want to opt out of tracking Google Analytics on Android, go to the app settings and disable Google Analytics access.

HockeyApp

HockeyApp is provided by Microsoft (Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA). We use HockeyApp for error analyses and to improve the property app. If it crashes, the user may agree to submit a crash report to HockeyApp. A crash report includes information about the crash date and time, the affected software module, the operating system and language used, and the device type and IP address. The crash report will only be sent to HockeyApp once this has been specifically approved. The information contained in the crash report may be partially processed in the United States. HockeyApp is a service from Microsoft. Legal information about it can be found here: 

https://azure.microsoft.com/de-de/support/legal/.

The privacy policy can be viewed here: 

https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/privacystatement/OnlineServices/Default.aspx

Crashlytics

Crashlytics is an analysis tool offered and operated by Crashlytics Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, USA. Crashlytics generates crash reports, i.e. reports about malfunctions or failures of the app, where and in which context these have occurred, how many users of the app are affected, etc. Engel & Völkers uses these reports to detect malfunctions or failures to be able to react faster, more purposefully and more efficiently in the interests of the users and to be able to improve the app technically. For this purpose, Crashlytics, together with the user’s Symphony-related app ID, which can be deleted at any time, records data on the crash and on general data of the respective IT environment (in particular on the used device, the mobile service provider and the operating system). If personal or pseudonymous data is included, Crashlytics will delete it within seven days. This information will give Crashlytics and subsequently Engel & Völkers insight into whether and how the app works and is used, especially the malfunctions and failures that occur. Further information is available at try.crashlytics.com/terms/privacy-policy.pdf.

Links to social media pages

This website contains links to the main social media network sites (e.g. Facebook and Twitter). These are not embedded social media plug-ins, but a link through which no personal data is transmitted to the social media operators.

Rights of persons concerned

You have the right to information on the processing of your personal data (for example, the origin of this data, the processing purpose, the modalities of the data processing). Furthermore, on certain conditions, you are entitled, at any time, to object to data processing in the future, to limit it or to demand the deletion of the data. Finally, you can prevent the sending of advertising material or the implementation of market research or commercial communications at any time.

In summary, you have a right to

-       information,

-       correction,

-       deletion (or to be forgotten),

-       limitation of processing,

-       data portability,

-       objection to the processing of your personal data,

-       complaint to the supervisory authorities.

Please note that your right to deletion is subject to certain restrictions. For instance we need not or may not delete any data which we need to retain for a further period under a statutory retention period. Data needed by us for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims are also excepted from your right to deletion.

To exercise the above rights and to request information, users may write to the following e-mail address hongkongmmc@engelvoelkers.com[A12]  or postal address Engel & Völkers VJI Limited, [A13] Shop A, 95 Caine Road, Mid Level West, Hong Kong. Similarly, users may at any time withdraw consent to, correct and delete the processing of their data.

Contacts

The responsible authority for processing of data is Engel & Völkers VJI Limited, [A14] Shop A, 95 Caine Road, Mid Level West, Hong Kong. In the event of questions regarding our data processors, we are happy to make a current list of these available to you.

If you have a complaint regarding the way that we process your data, you have the opportunity to submit a complaint to the supervisory authority. This is: 

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Hamburg’s representative for data protection and freedom of information

Prof. Dr. Johannes Caspar

Kurt-Schumacher-Allee 4, 20097 Hamburg

Mailbox@datenschutz.hamburg.de[A15] 

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