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shopping in Hong Kong

When it comes to a serious shopping experience, Hong Kong has everything in abundance and more!

Hong Kong's malls, department stores and designer boutiques offer an amazing contrast to the many bustling open-air markets nestled among towering skyscrapers.

Save time and money with the latest shopping tips and discover where to shop to get the best deals around.

Hong Kong during a sales period is a complete retail therapy course! During the winter (late December to February) and the summer sale (July to September), major discounts are available for the avid shopper and bargain hunter.

Highlights - Jade Carvings Shed Light on the Nature of Chinese Character

A visit to the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tai will provide an insight into something near and dear to the heart's of Chinese people - Jade. The written character for jade means a combination of beauty, nobility and purity. The green stone, in all its many hues, colours and facets is associated with long life and good health. It is smooth and cooling to the touch. To this day some people wear a jade bracelet - something next to the skin - to ward off all sorts of health hazards. Grandmothers routinely buy a piece of jade for newborns.

Located on Kansu and Battery streets in Yau Ma Tai, the Jade Market is a collection of around 400 stalls selling a wide range of jade pendants, rings, and bracelets, carvings and ornaments. The market is also the main gathering place for buyers of this fine stone who today still communicate with secret hand signals when making a purchase.

Buying jade is really an art. Jade is not just green but rather comes in many varities of colours and textures. The jade sold in Hong Kong is mostly jadeite from Burma. In Hong Kong there are various kinds of jade from natural pieces to ones which have been bleached and then impregnated with polymers. There is also jade which has been dyed to enhance its colour.

Top quality jade is pure green and very expensive. Most pieces have a yellow tinge but no brown or grey should be in the finished piece. The best jadeite is semi-transparent. Opaque jadeite with cloudy patches typically has less value.

When shopping for jade, you should bring someone who knows jade.

You'll find the Jade Market at the junction of Kansu and Battery streets. Take the MTR to Yau Ma Tai, exit C.

Great Buys

Whatever you wish, you'll be able to find it in one of Hong Kong's thriving shopping districts.

Indulge yourself by getting that little special something you've been wanting. If you're after electronics or something classic, a new wardrobe or something to put in it, you'll be able to find it all and ship it home with ease.

Browse through the categories and make shopping time convenient and easy with the addresses and contact details of the shops.

Don't forget, you should always:

- Check the prices among different shops before sealing the deal.

- Get a proper receipt.

- Shop with reputable establishments.

What is your favorite?

Please make a selection from some of the great buys listed below:

- Arts & Crafts - Audio & Visual - Clothing & Tailors
- Furniture & Household - General Merchandise - Jewellery & Watches
- Leather Goods - Optical Goods