Nothing transformed Hong Kong so much in recent decades as the construction of the metro system, the Mass Transit Railway (MTR). And above many of the new main stations appeared a shopping center, so you could say that just as the MTR threads its way about the city both geographically and metaphorically, so shopping is woven into the city's DNA. Each of Hong Kong's major shopping centers has its own character. IFC in Central is super smart, with its own team of concierges on call to advise on where best to dine or shop for a particular item. Citygate Outlets – right by the international airport – works on the old principal of "pile them high and sell them (fairly) cheap." Times Square – a mammoth skyscraper that pays homage to all things retail – has inspired the streets around to shape up their act, so they too are now home to a select group of smart shops and boutiques. Best of all, Hong Kong's shopping centers are all easily accessible by public transport or taxi, and stay open until late in the evening – and that includes weekends and public holidays. And of course, for every designer label flagship, there's a dozen quirky independents. Enjoy!
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