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How to Bargain at the Street Markets of Hong Kong

Unlike in some other regions of the world, the sellers in the street markets of Hong Kong are quite restrained while you’re browsing through their stalls. They usually don’t bother you with their offers. However, if you take an item by your hands or if you ask for a price, they will entangle you in a sales talk quicker than you want.

Street Market in Fa Yuen Street

The Fa Yuen Street hosts one of many street markets in Mong Kok.

The sellers typically open the conversation by naming a far too high price. I don’t know if they name such excessive prices also to Asians, but at least to Westerners they consistently do, no matter which particular street market you go to. I concluded that there must be at least some Westerners out there who effectively buy at these prices without questioning. Those people must be out of their minds…

Below, I’ve put together some of my thoughts listed in the form of a guide which you may want to follow when going to one of the various street markets in Hong Kong.

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