No-frills shopping in Hong Kong Essay

A budget already strained by an overseas vacation may not leave much
room for new clothes. But if you’re visiting Hong Kong, buying at
factory outlets can give you ready-made name-brand (or imitation
name-brand) clothing, often for less than half what you’d pay in
this country.

You’ll easily locate well-made silk dresses for $60 to $80,
lined wool or silk skirts for $20 to $70, wool slacks for $30 to $70,
and men’s silk shirts for $12 to $25. Prices are fixed.

Frills are few at these places. Often located on an upper floor of
an office building, the outlets emphasize overproduced items or seconds.
Some shops have half a dozen racks of clothes, while others boast the
floor space of a small grocery store. Changing rooms are basic, and
service is minimal, but attendants do speak English. Be sure to try
things on: both European and American sizes are marked.

You’ll find a smattering of recognizable labels, most
authentic, some perhaps not: Anne Klein II, Evan Picone, Oscar de la
Renta. Some labels are for small boutiques in the United States and
Europe. Kong Hong has 25 factory outlets in three distinct areas: Kaiser
Estates in Kowloon’s Hunghom district (a $3 taxi ride from the Star
Ferry terminal); Tsimshatsui, at the southern tip of Kowloon (location
of many major hotels); and Hong Kong Central (outlets are just a few
blocks from the Star Ferry pier).

Ask at any Hong Kong Tourist Association office for an up-to-date
list of garment outlets. On Kowloon, visit the office on the Star Ferry
concourse. The list includes addresses (in English and Chinese so taxi
drivers can read the address), telephone numbers, and the specialties of
each outlet.


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