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Posh shopping in Hong Kong

 

 

Retail Therapy In Hong Kong

The national pastime of the Hong Kong Chinese is without a doubt shopping.  This is apparent from the moment you arrive from Hong Kong airport into Hong Kong station, which sits directly underneath one of the glossiest shopping centres – the IFC Mall.  And it continues to be reinforced as you leave the station into the buzzing streets of central, jam packed with shops ranging from: the familiar western brands like Zara, Marks and Spencers and H&M; to high-end designers like Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Chanel; to the local brands like Shanghai Tang, Bonjour and G2000; through to the tiny stalls framing the side streets, adorned with vibrant coloured t-shirts and dresses.

My Little Posh Dress and I decided that it was vital to experience Hong Kong like a local and set out into the bustling streets of Hong Kong to indulge in a bit of retail therapy.  At this time of the year the temperatures are in the 30s and humidity hovers between 80% to 95%, which can make it quite unpleasant to walk around outside.  Fortunately my Little Posh Dress and I chose a day when the sun was shining, but humidity was relatively low, making walking from shop to shop quite bearable. 

It is difficult to know where to start when you are shopping in Hong Kong.  If money were no object then my Little Posh Dress and I would be drawn to the pristine and glossy IFC Mall in Central, Pacific Place in Admiralty or Harbor City in Kowloon. Instead we decided to keep it real and headed for Queen’s Road Central, which is home to the brand new Topshop – the first Topshop store to open in Hong Kong – along with a wide range of other affordable and recognisable brands.  The other advantage of shopping in this area is that if you are taller than 5’ 2” and larger than a size 10 – you can still find a lot of clothes to fit the more curvaceous western body.  My Little Posh Dress and I have heard many stories of expats venturing into shops catering for the petite Chinese frame only to be told by the shopkeepers in their inimitable direct manner, ‘No missy missy, you are too fat’!  I have made a mental note never to even enter a shop if it doesn’t appear from the outside to stock a size 14 as I simply don’t want to subject myself to that form of humiliation!

Once my Little Posh Dress and I had wandered from store to store and got our shopping fix for the week, we decided to partake in the other national pastime of the local Hong Kongers – eating.  The side streets of Central are packed with diners  serving cantonese food - which is typically some form of meat with rice or noodles.  I selected a reviving noodle and dumpling dish served in a chicken stock.  Eating at these diners is incredibly cheap with a large bowl of tasty food and a drink costing around £4.

So with sore feet and a full tummy, my Little Posh Dress and I headed home, feeling satisfied that we had taken to the Hong Kong Chinese national pastimes, like ducks to water.  I wonder what our next adventure in Hong Kong together will entail.

Adrienne x