Saturday, 11 August 2012

The City of Malls

Hong Kong really is a paradise for shoppers.

Today Hysan Place, which replaced the long-gone Mitsukoshi, has finally opened after years of construction.

A relative of mine checked it out yesterday and of course there were hordes of people wanting to the first to scope out Hong Kong's latest shopping mall.

One of the shops in there is Eslite Bookstore from Taiwan which promises to open 24 hours a day on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. This is quite curious considering fewer people, particularly young ones are reading these days. But we'll have to see if Eslite can create night owl bookworms in Hong Kong.

And then there was huge hype over Abercrombie & Fitch finally opening its doors at the Pedder Building in Central.

The first two days of seeing the shirtless boys hollering and clapping around town was fun, but now we're pretty much tired of the publicity stunt. It's ironic considering these models are supposed to be promoting hip clothing, but instead are showing off their buff bodies...

Perhaps the marketing department has gone a bit overboard...

So it'll be interesting to see how Hysan Place does, as it's apparently more geared towards locals than mainland tourists. But really, don't mainlanders want what we have?

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