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The phrase "shoppers' paradise" can get overused sometimes, but it really does seem to be the case in Hong Kong. The range of choice is superb, the prices reasonable, and this is a city that was founded to do business. You want to buy, traders want to sell, and everyone does their best to make this happen. The designer labels come with the sort of price tag you might expect, but there are plenty of inexpensive options too. This is a city where shopping has been elevated into an art.
No matter whether you are in search of a piece of fine artwork, the latest fashions, some inexpensive souvenirs for friends and family back home, or simply want to spend a couple of hours window shopping in the air-conditioned comfort of a swish mall like IFC – which even features a live band to keep customers entertained, and a concierge team to provide advice – they're all available in Hong Kong.
And shopping is made a lot easier by the city's excellent transportation system. Cabs, buses and the MTR are all inexpensive, while in Central, the major malls are all joined by overhead walkway so you can breeze easily between them without having to cross the street.