Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hong kong : Shopping at pharmacy, h&M, esprit and tips

Shopping at H&M. According to people, H&M is cheaper and the variety is better at Hong Kong. I am not really sure about that as I don't visit Singapore H&M often.
I visited two branches in Singapore, the one at Langham place and the other one at Tsui Sha Tsui, at Canton Road.
The one at Tsim Sha Tsui is definitely bigger with teenagers and kid's clothings, will definitely recommended that. Petite girls can buy from the teenages' range too.
But Langam Place has freebies and privileges for tourist at other shops, not for H&M. I received a small laneign sample this time.

Hong KOng is full of shops selling beauty products and makeup.
I was attracted to Sanrio stuff so I bought some.
My mum bought Olay and Loreal stuff at 40-50% cheaper than Singapore price.
2B slimming products are cheaper in Hong Kong too.
Meiji collagen can be bought at hk$188, which is around $30. I think in Singapore, it retails for around $60.

Lung Shing Pharmacy 龍城大藥房.
28 Granville Rd Tsim Sha Tsui b2 exit. around 5-10minutes walk.
They have a larger variety and supposedly cheaper Sasa and Bonjour,hence the place is very very crowded with locals and foreigners. I was pushed around quite often.
Not allowed to try the perfumes, so try it elsewhere and buy it from here.
We bought shu Uemera makeup base at 40% cheaper compared to Singapore price.
The queue is super long. Take turns to queue and shop.The more expensive and branded products (clinque, estee lauder, laneign, shu uemera and etc) and perfumes are kept at the counter,so plan what you are going to buy and take notes of prices at Bonjour or other shops before coming here to buy as you do not want to come here and queue again.
The people here are not exactly friendly or helpful.
Most important, payment in cash only.

Foudn this sportshouse which sell sports products at quite good price. The cons, limited size, the shoes I like do not have my size.
Passed by it while walking to avenue of stars using the underpass from sheraton

Cute things to buy.

Esprit factory outlets. 
I am not a fan of Esprit but the price is much cheaper than singapore. A good place to get basic and good quality stuff.
Esprit was having an extra 40% for some items, minimum 3 items purchased.
I managed to get Esprit tee at s$10, shorts and denim skirts at around S$20+.
I think is a good buy as the quality is good. 

Kai Seng Commercial Centre,4-6 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opening Hours Daily: 10am - 10:30pm
MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Exit E)

Hollywood Plaza, 610 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Opening Hours 11am - 11pm, Monday - Thursday; 11am - Midnight, Friday - Sunday

Other outlets are at 
Citygates at Tung Chung top floor
 China Hongkong city (FErry terminal to Macau) at 1st floor and 3rd floor.

Citygates outlet used to be favourite, now it is getting very crowded and messy
There are 1 outlet at north point and another at new terrorities.

BRanded goods should be cheaper in Hong Kong due to favourable exchange rate and also  no tax is being charged.
However, do your research before buying.
Hong kong has a lot big shopping malls, like harbour city, times squares. Most of them have discount or privileges for tourist. Check with the information counter before making your purchases. 
Mango and Zara should be cheaper in Hong kong too.
and if you are going to markets, fa yeun, mongkok, temple street or ya liu street. Remember to be thicked skinned and bargain.

I did not manage to visit Lai Chi Kok, the wholesale fashion market as they were closed on the day I visited, Sunday.

Have fun. :D
Remember to bring your own recyclable shopping bags as they do charge for shopping bags in hong kong

Cheap shopping.
shopping at mongkok: Ladies market and Argyle

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