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Things Every Hongkonger Will (Never) Spend Money On

By Jenny Leung 5 March 2019
From the latest smartphone on the market to luxury brand handbags, here are some of the things that every Hongkonger is willing to empty out their bank accounts for – and other things they are not.

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The Latest Tech

It's a well-known fact that almost every Hongkonger loses their mind every time a brand new iPhone comes out. Willing to spend not just their money – which goes without saying, is a costly lump sum – but also hours in line just to get their hand on Apple's latest product.

$8 Apps

Once they've managed to bag themselves an iPhone, it's time to set it up and download all the essential apps they need. But wait, what's this? $8 for an app? No thank you. With so much money already invested in the actual phone itself, who has that kind of money left to spare?

Fashion Items

Hong Kong is all about keeping up with the latest trends, with the world of fashion taking centre stage. After all, who doesn't want a pair of shoes that cost more than their whole month's salary, right? Or better yet, limited edition handbags that are simply too precious to use?

Proper Meals

Many Hongkongers are completely fine with surviving on just cup noodles and pineapple buns for months on end if it means they can save up for a brand new pair of kicks, or a statement-making bag. It all comes down to one question: how much are you willing to sacrifice for fashion?

Travel Abroad

Living in such a tightly packed city, a lot of Hongkongers opt to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all by travelling abroad. Whether that means a quick weekend getaway to Thailand or a luxurious trip through Europe, these passion travellers are mighty generous when it comes to exploring the world that stretches beyond Hong Kong.

A Future Home

The growing epidemic of travelling abroad might be due to the fact that escaping the city is the only way for people to forget about the fact that they might never be able to afford a home of their own here in the great 852. Depressing, we know, but understandably so. With property prices continuing to skyrocket, what's the point in saving up those dollars anyway?
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Jenny Leung

Senior editor

Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune or two when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practising her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping.