Slide Show E-mail Page Print The TST argle bargle has died down, not least of all due to the Consumer Council’s (tel:  2929-2222, almost heroic attempts to bring order to the shopping madness that is Hong Kong.They take issue with strong-arm dealers and blacklist the worst offenders.
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This is a part of town undergoing steady renewal with great photo-opps and sudden deals/ photo: Vijay Verghese TIME was when swindled tourists would camp outside Hong Kong camera stores waving placards and demanding justice – while bored shop attendants picked their teeth – much to the amusement of passersby and newspaper reporters.
Nowadays, with the city on the move and jackhammers everywhere, there’s no space for shopper vigilantes and, fortunately, less need, though the city’s jean-clad cognoscenti did arise to protest over a Tsimshatsui store that disallowed locals from snapping their cameras in the vicinity while big-spending overseas visitors were free to shoot.
Odd matter that, as all the latest designer fashion is available in 3D online for personal tryouts and more. Still, charging at bared cameras remains a holy crusade for mall security guards and shop attendants.
Yes, pottering about TST’s fabled “Golden Mile” along Nathan Road, can still be fraught with peril – chiefly bait-and-switch, where the shopper puts money down for one model and is handed another.
And your arm can still be twisted, literally, by the handbag sellers of the infamous Ladies Market, Mong Kok.Reason enough to head straight into the enticing arms of online shopping deals but then where's the fun in that?Grab a good map, print out this fun guide, study the directions to the best shopping malls and street markets, don sturdy walking shoes, put up your dukes, and you’re ready to roll.More on where to stay in our Hong Kong business hotels review that includes family digs and budget options.▲ top Causeway Bay is the go-to place for the young and restless and there is much on offer for the timid wallet.This is the area where some of the most dense and busy Hong Kong shopping malls are located. MTR exits D1, D2, D3 and D4 will deposit you around or inside Sogo, the landmark meeting point Japanese department store (tel: 2833-8338, com.hk) where big names like Salvatore Ferragamo (GF), Gucci, agnes b, Miu Miu, Anna Klein, Armani, Calvin Klein jeans, Burberry, Chanel and Brooks Brothers Fleece, hobnob comfortably with esoteric niche brands like Helly Hansen (sportswear from Norway, 4F), and Evisu (casual young fashion, 3F).