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No-frills shopping in Hong Kong.

A budget already strained by an overseas vacation may not leave much room for new clothes. But if you're visiting Hong Kong, buying at factory outlets can give you ready-made name-brand (or imitation name-brand) clothing, often for less than half what you'd pay in this country.

You'll easily locate well-made silk dresses for $60 to $80, lined wool or silk skirts for $20 to $70, wool slacks for $30 to $70, and men's silk shirts for $12 to $25. Prices are fixed.

Frills are few at these places. Often located on an upper floor of an office building, the outlets emphasize overproduced items or seconds. Some shops have half a dozen racks of clothes, while others boast the floor space of a small grocery store. Changing rooms are basic, and service is minimal, but attendants do speak English. Be sure to try things on: both European and American sizes are marked.

You'll find a smattering of recognizable labels, most authentic, some perhaps not: Anne Klein II, Evan Picone, Oscar de la Renta. Some labels are for small boutiques in the United States and Europe. Kong Hong has 25 factory outlets in three distinct areas: Kaiser Estates in Kowloon's Hunghom district (a $3 taxi ride from the Star Ferry terminal); Tsimshatsui, at the southern tip of Kowloon (location of many major hotels); and Hong Kong Central (outlets are just a few blocks from the Star Ferry pier).

Ask at any Hong Kong Tourist Association office for an up-to-date list of garment outlets. On Kowloon, visit the office on the Star Ferry concourse. The list includes addresses (in English and Chinese so taxi drivers can read the address), telephone numbers, and the specialties of each outlet.
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