HK's thriving gem and garment business

<>Hong Kong is best known for its garments and jewellery, which happen to be among the biggest industries in Kowloon, home to some of the most successful entrepreneurs of this Special Administrative Region.</>

If Hong Kong appears to glitter more often than you had ever expected, it is not a mirage; blame it on its reputation as having more jewellery stores per square mile than any other city in the world.

Hung Hom hosts the largest concentration of jewellery factories and import-export companies in Hong Kong. Trading of diamonds tops the activities; it has been said that Hong Kong is the world's third largest trading center for diamonds. Gold, jade and pearls are likewise popular commodities.

<>Duty-free importation of gems from all over the world props up the industry and makes the business environment globally competitive. Demand for jewellery is driven by many factors. It is most coveted because of its beauty and the prestige it brings to the wearer. Others do it for investment; disposing a small piece of valuable item is considered easier done compared to, say, putting real estate in the market.</>

And then personal beliefs also come into play. Highly superstitious practices make jade a popular item because it is believed to ward off illness and bad luck.

Arrangements with jewellery factories could be made to allow businessmen to observe designs being drawn, how stones are graded and see final polishing and setting of stones to allow then to gauge that factory? Quality of work and craftsmanship.

Just as they say that not all that glitters is gold, not all jewellery factories would or could deliver just as they promise.

Trade associations are a good source of reliable contacts. The Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association (, for instance, helps promote members' products to buyers worldwide.

<>In the field of garment manufacturing, Tsim Sha Tsui queens it all. Business is so good that it is literally bursting at the seams, as seen in the proliferation of export overrun outlets cramming not a few of the ultimate tourist district streets.</>

Garments are a serious business in Hong Kong. Items for both men and women, boys and girls, young and old for all tastes are designed and manufactured. No wonder that Hong Kongers are inclined to dressing well. The trade shows are held a full year ahead of the season.

Garments are Hong Kong's top exported commodities.

The world is Hong Kong garments manufacturers?market. And it has been kind. Garments exports have remained its position among its top exported commodities.

The items being sold in the export overrun outlets, of course, all bear the stamp of yesteryear? fashion. The future? fashion though is very near, perhaps just on the upper floor of these stores. The Federation of Hong Kong Garments Manufacturers ( may match you up with desired garments manufacturers.

The group, composed of manufacturers and merchants, is one of the trade players which does its role in ensuring that the status and quality of garments remains competitive.

For more leads , the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council ( is a rich source of information. TDC is the global marketing arm and service hub for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service exporters. It has more than 40 offices around the world.

Kowloon has made many a millionaire out of aspiring entrepreneurs. And you don't have to live here. You only have to know where to go and who to get in touch with.

Its proximity to the Kowloon Canton Railway, the fastest way to and from Shenzen, makes it an even more attractive business destination.

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