Hong Kong Tourist Traps

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Hong Kong Tourist Traps

  • Nathan Road

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    We didn't read these posts before shopping on this road, and like everyone else here got ripped off horribly. The Gallant Store is just a den of thieves. Went back to the store and called them on it, they basically agreed that yes they had ripped us off, but so what, its your own fault. Absolute crooks and thieves, and I will never return to...

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  • Shopping

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    Shopping is a real hassle in HK. We've shopped in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other places where Chinese rule the roost. Here the mainlanders seem to have run over the entire former Brit colony is large measure. They also sound and behave in a boorish manner, esp the ladies. The cost they will quote you (through punching a calculator) would...

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  • Sightseeing Tours

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    all tours whether big group or small group or personalized have a photographer that will tail you at the sites and take pictures then pester you on buying it. Don't fall for it! they will charge you 350 HKD if you are naive! now if you are good in haggling, you can bring the price to just 100 HKD. still i would not reccomend buying it ok. don't let...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    Just be aware that whenever you actually "sit down" at a restaurant or eatery, you will always get charged an extra 10% tax, cant remember what this tax was actually for. For example, if you buy an icecream at Haagen Daaz over the counter and walk away with it .... no tax. But if you sit down in their chairs and order an icecream .... then your...

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  • Taxis

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    Since HK had the took over, quality of taxis service to foreign tourists are gradually declining. They are trying to cheat unsuspecting tourists by charging the passengers higher price than the meter, or simply insist on accepting US dollars to what's on the meter, etc. Or any variation to that. This is absolutely illegal! Do not give in, just pay...

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  • Electronic Products

    Hong Kong Tourist Traps

    dear friends, This is my first post over the visit at Hongkong at Nathan Road. I have reached from China Canton fair to Hongkong for Tour. i have a plan to buy a Camera . I visited the Shop which was displaying ,the brands cannon , Nikon etc. After the Visit i started to check different models of the camera . The models what i supposed to chose...

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  • Shop. But dont haggle. Wait till they...

    Shopping is a real hassle in HK. We've shopped in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other places where Chinese rule the roost. Here the mainlanders seem to have run over the entire former Brit colony is large measure. They also sound and behave in a boorish manner, esp the ladies.The cost they will quote you (through punching a calculator) would be...

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  • Money money money change

    Changing your currency at Hong Kong's airport is a bad idea because you're gonna lose a lot of money! Better if you withdraw on the airport using your ATM.

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  • Some things you ought to know about...

    Since HK had the took over, quality of taxis service to foreign tourists are gradually declining. They are trying to cheat unsuspecting tourists by charging the passengers higher price than the meter, or simply insist on accepting US dollars to what's on the meter, etc. Or any variation to that. This is absolutely illegal! Do not give in, just pay...

    more
  • Gallant Store, Nathan Road

    We didn't read these posts before shopping on this road, and like everyone else here got ripped off horribly. The Gallant Store is just a den of thieves.Went back to the store and called them on it, they basically agreed that yes they had ripped us off, but so what, its your own fault. Absolute crooks and thieves, and I will never return to...

    more
  • Gallant store, 80 Nathan Rd, Hong Kong.

    We were ripped off horribly at New Year 2013 by salespersons in this store. They are deceitful and cheaters. Never give them your credit card and make sure that you check the product model numbers and that everything is included. OPEN THE PRODUCT and do not let them go out the back to repack it. DO NOT EVER GO THERE. They will steal your money. The...

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  • Perfect Digital-the WORST Nathan Road...

    Stay away from PERFECT DIGITAL. People there are liars, thieves, and scammers! First they will lie to you about the availability of the product you intend to buy and its price. When they get you to sit down, they will offer another product that's much more INFERIOR with all sorts of lies surrounding it (that it's newer, it's better, etc) at an...

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  • Gallant 80 Nathan rd Hong Kong are...

    Gallant store, 80 Nathan rd, Hong Kong. Stay away from this store. They are thieves. They are deceitful and rude. Do not give them your credit card and make sure they open any products in front of you. DO NOT GO HERE. They will surely rip you off.

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  • Abalone Swindler along Reclamation...

    Beware of a chinese woman who sell mini dried abalone along the wet market in Reclamation Street near Jordan/Shanghai Street. She is a swindler, who cheat tourists of their money together with her few other accomplice putting up a show having 1 of her accomplice (call her accomplice1) pretending to be a customer standing at the stall picking a bag...

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  • Taxi Scam

    We were ripped off by a taxi driver when we returned to our hotel. I suppose being westerners we were easy targets. When we got to the hotel the driver tried to charge us $300 for a taxi ride from Kowloon, which foolishly we paid. When using Taxis in Hong Kong we would recommend;1. ALWAYS ( and this applies to other countries too) get your taxi...

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  • CHINESE TRAP

    Nathan road is filled with shops selling cameras and lenses. BEWARE. PLEASE BUY WHAT YOU NEED AND NOT WHAT THEY RECOMMEND AS THEY WILL CHEAT YOU BY OVER QUOTING WHEN IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY IT WILL BE FAR CHEAPER. BUY IN FORTRESS OR BROADWAY . I GOT CHEATED BY A CLEVER SALESMAN. I WANTED TO BUY 24 - 105 LENS. ALMOST PURCHASED IT, BUT THE SALESMAN...

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  • BEWARE OF GALLANT STORE, NATHAN RD. TST...

    hello everyone!thank you for all those who took time to share their experiences in hongkong here and be able to help others by writing the "real life" encounters they had. we are visiting hongkong almost every year for the past 15 years and much to my surprise we had a real bad experience during our last visit, which was just recently (june 28,...

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  • The Golden Mile

    The lower end of Nathan Road Kowloon used to be known as The Golden Mile. I can only assume that this was because the touts lined their pockets with tourist "gold". It is well documented (by VT members and travel bloggers) that this area of Hong Kong is where tourists are most likely to be parted from their money by dubious means. By all means join...

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  • Ngong Ping Village - Lantau Island.

    Tourism is a double edged sword. Since the opening of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car service more tourists than ever have flocked to Lantau Island mainly to see the Tian Tan (Big) Buddha). But the downside to this is that you have to walk through the man made "cultural themed" Ngong Ping Village to do so.The village was designed to reflect the...

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  • suggestions not to buy electronic goods...

    dear friends, This is my first post over the visit at Hongkong at Nathan Road. I have reached from China Canton fair to Hongkong for Tour. i have a plan to buy a Camera . I visited the Shop which was displaying ,the brands cannon , Nikon etc. After the Visit i started to check different models of the camera . The models what i supposed to chose had...

    more
  • Nathan Road 2012 & Nothing Has Changed

    Wont bore you with additional details, as nothing has changed. It is January 2012 and I am staying in a hotel in TST Hong Kong. We are very near Nathan Road. The camera shop tourist traps are alive and well, stay away. By the way the prices at Fortress are comparable if not more than US prices. Stick to Amazon and EBAY, or buy in the US. No great...

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  • Best place to view Symphony of Lights

    This is not so much a tourist trap as it is a helpful tip. Frank and I had gone up to Victoria Peak at night, as we thought it would be the vest vantage point to view the Symphony of Lights nightly show. However you can hardly see any of the lights from up at Victoria Peak at all, as most of them are actually on the Hong Kong Island side. So, the...

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  • Buying DVD's for Australia

    I usually have a long list of dvd's to buy on my travels, and this trip was no different. However, we quickly discovered that no dvd's purchased in Hong Kong are suitable for use in Australia, as they use the wrong region code. Our region code is 4 and all the ones we saw were region code 2 or 3. Even in shops like HMV there were none that we could...

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  • Know your MTR stations and exits!!!

    The MTR (subway) system in Hong Kong was simply amazing and just so easy to use, especially for a beginner like myself. It is extremely clean, efficient and well sign posted in english to make it easy for foreigners to get around quickly and easily.HOWEVER .... you must study the MTR system and the different stations, lines and station exits, if...

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  • Escalator ettiquette in busy places!

    In Australia I guess it it common for us to stand on the left of an escalator, allowing people to pass us quickly on the right. Well in Hong Kong it is different! And believe me, their escalators are way more busy than any I have ever seen in Australia, so if you dont get it right you will probably get in trouble!!!If you choose to stand on the...

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  • You'll always get charged 10% tax in a...

    Just be aware that whenever you actually "sit down" at a restaurant or eatery, you will always get charged an extra 10% tax, cant remember what this tax was actually for. For example, if you buy an icecream at Haagen Daaz over the counter and walk away with it .... no tax. But if you sit down in their chairs and order an icecream .... then your...

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  • Indian touters in and around Nathan...

    As most travellers to Asian destinations are aware, the touting on the streets is a very common thing. I think we just need to accept that that is their way of life and how they make a living. I know it can get very annoying to not walk 5 metres without being asked if you want a copy watch, handbag, suit or dvd's, but that is something that does...

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  • No trying on of clothes in most markets!

    I had been told that most market/stalls do not hang actual change rooms for you to try on clothes. Even though this was the case, we did come across a few with change rooms.BUT .... most market stalls also DO NOT allow you to actually try clothes on in the store over the top of the clothes you were wearing! I found this very frustrating and I do...

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  • Beware of 3 different printed bank...

    I was warned of this by a fellow VTer (I cant remember who it was - sorry!!) but I think its a fantastic warning tip. Apparently in Hong Kong, the 3 main banks all print their own Bank notes in the same denomination, so it would not be unusual for you to have say 3 different looking $50 notes in your wallet! If you did not know this, I think the...

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  • Nathan Rd Camera Rip Off

    Hi, I just purchased a new camera at Gallant in Nathan Rd. I bought a Canon 600D with a new lense. Negotiated the price they thru in 16GB card lense filters etc, I was happy with the price paid for it had it packaged and then they tell me their camera Guru will come and explain how the camera works, I said no its ok my brother has one back in Aus I...

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  • electronic store at nathan road shop

    i went to hongkong for a few days, on my last day, i went for a walk and saw the store, got interested in a product they were selling. I didn't see the store nam, only large signages of brands. the displays did not have prices on them and the price i inquired was cheaper than all others i went to. but still i missed the "hints" that this was one of...

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  • Hong Kong Trip

    hi you are going for a family trip for this i suggest you following.1.Victoria Peak.2.Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront3.Ladies' Market4.Stanley5.Repulse Bay6.Mongkok7.Central District8.Disneyland9.Ocean Park10.Sheung Wan DistrictYour all requirements will meet to end here. Go there and enjoy.

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  • Aberdeen Harbour Cruises

    One of the highlights of a package day trip featuring the sights of Hong Kong is an Aberdeen Harbour cruise. These cruises allow visitors to see the floating fishing villages moored in the harbor. And while these floating villages are a fascinating aspect of life in Hong Kong, in my opinion the harbor cruises themselves can be a tourist trap.The...

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  • Photographic Souvenirs

    At many attractions in Hong Kong, there are photographers, either free-lance or professionals employed by the particular attraction, who will take a picture of a visitor who can then purchase a photographic souvenir of his visit. Most photographic souvenirs merely show a visitor in front of an attraction or engaged in some activity. However, there...

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  • The Stanley Market

    The village of Stanley is located on the southeast coast of Hong Kong Island. The village, named for Lord Stanley, a nineteenth-century Secretary of State for the Colonies, was founded in 1770 by a pirate named Cheung Po Tsai. Nowadays, the village is known for the Stanley Market, where busloads of tourists come to buy souvenirs. The market is one...

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  • Cheating shops on Nathan road, Hong Kong

    I wish I had come across the information on shops on Nathan road before I went to Hong Kong. It happened to me the way it happened to others who share similar experience of shopping in shops on Nathan Road.I went into a shop, second right shop to the entrance of Chung King Mansion, asking for a SD memory card. Then I asked about IPAD 2, and we...

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  • Beware of Taxi drivers

    When departing from our hotel to board a cruise liner we booked a taxi from the hotel, not thinking we put all of our stuff in the boot of the taxi and were driven directly to the port, whilst unloading, the taxi driver drove off, the only thing we didnt get out was a very expensive camera. The police couldn't do anything. Keep valuables on you at...

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  • Ladies Market, Temple Street, street...

    People, please do not make purchases at ladies Market and the likes without at least bargaining... unless you do not care about getting a fair deal, or you just do not care.We travel to HK every 2 years or so and have seen enough stall owners trying to rip off tourists. Example: we were looking at one item a couple weeks ago at Ladies market, the...

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  • Mongkok has better and honest deals

    Read enough for sad stories of innocent tourists got ripped off when shopping for electrnice goods in Tsim Sha Tsui. I feel compelled, as a local person, to reveal our local wisdom on this one. We simply shop for these things in Mongkok, period! When in Mongkok, you will surely be visiting Sai Yueng Choi street area, where it's blocked off from...

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  • Beware of fake begging monks!

    You will notice sometimes men dressed as buddhist monks, with a metalbowl in their hand asking for money. Please DO NOT give them any money under any circumstances, because 100% ALL of them are fake!!! They are Central china men on tourist visas in HK working as a syndicate to cheat money from unsuspecting tourists. It's pathetic and sad to see...

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  • Beware the camera shops!

    United Power A and P, Nathan Road is a shop to avoid. KNowing what I wanted and the price, I was persuaded it was not a good buy for me and my photographic skills.I was consequenty overcharged by nearly £200 for a different camera.Though I really like the camera and it is easy to use, they really ripped me off.Lesson learnt; know exactly what yo...

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  • The Peak

    In central, you can take a tram to the "Peak", which is the top of a small mountain on HK island.It was a complete tourist trap--you pay a buttload of money to go up to a shopping center where people attempt to sell you overpriced trinkets. Then, to go to an observation deck on the peak tower, you have to pay even more... the view is great, but I...

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  • Buying Electronics in HK

    I am a local and if I were you, I would think twice before I buy electronics in HK. First of all and all, do not attempt to look into windows of those neon-lit shops along Nathan Road and other main streets. They are there to trap you only.1. HK's retail prices are usually more expensive than the US and Japan for cameras and some other...

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  • Picture in a Ceramic Frame!

    all tours whether big group or small group or personalized have a photographer that will tail you at the sites and take pictures then pester you on buying it. Don't fall for it! they will charge you 350 HKD if you are naive! now if you are good in haggling, you can bring the price to just 100 HKD. still i would not reccomend buying it ok. don't...

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  • Jewellery Factories

    a caveat, all city tours of hong kong whether via big tour group or small ones or personalizd ones have this jewellery factory tour. just look around don't buy if you are not into jewels

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