It’s not just Gucci bags they want anymore.
Sick of the never ending counterfeit dangers of Chinese-made products, mainlanders are flocking to Hong Kong to stock up on daily essentials, according to Yahoo News.
A pharmacist in Hong Kong told reporters that visitors from the mainland have begun stocking up on condoms and sanitary napkins while in the city.
Given the health dangers of so many Chinese-made products, locals have had to resort to buying pricier, imported groceries to make sure they don’t suddenly fall ill or sprout a third hand. Some shoppers said that crossing the border for groceries is already a regular part of their life. A woman, surnamed Wang, told China Real Time “On the mainland, who knows whether what you’re buying is real or even good for you,” in Hong Kong “you have more of a feeling of trust”.
While shoppers have begun hoarding daily items like napkins, baby formula and snacks, the Hong Kong bestseller is still rice. Hong Kong authorities have long limited buyers to only 15 kilos, imposing a HK$6,400 fine for anyone found going over their limit. Ever resourceful, mainland smugglers pay women and children 80 yuan each to go to Hong Kong and bring bags of safe and high quality rice into China. Women and children make better rice “mules” because customs officers typically target men for inspection.
A snack shop in Hong Kong say that mainlanders account for 70 percent of their sales. A couple shopping in Hong Kong told reporters they spend up to 10,000 yuan for every visit, saying they think Chinese-made products are all fake, and they prefer to shop in Hong Kong any day. One woman says she buys all her cosmetics in Hong Kong now as she doesn’t dare put Chinese makeup on her face.
This month, Chinese authorities cracked down on fake condoms and sanitary napkins being manufactured in Fujian province.
[By Angela Sy // Image credit: @eugene]