Taiwanese duo are super-shoppers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 July, 2004, 12:00am

Two Taiwanese women yesterday screamed with joy as they beat 14 teams of super-shoppers to win the title of 2004 Hong Kong Shopper of the Year.

The competition, organised by the Tourism Board, invited shoppers from 15 cities and countries to embark on a four-hour, nighttime shopping spree on Tuesday. Each team of two was given $3,000 to shop for items in four categories. The results were announced yesterday after the teams reported their shopping experience.

Television host Liu Han-yu and university student Tseng Hsiem-tze basked in the limelight as they related their spree.

Liu said: 'We bought two watches for $1,680. Since we had two watches, we let one of them stop at the time when we finished our shopping spree. This will bring good memories for us.'

'I also took a picture at the Avenue of Stars to compete for the Most Creative Photo Award. As I placed my hands on [Hong Kong star] Andy Lau Tak-wah's handprints, this represented the unity between Hong Kong and Taiwan,' she said.

The pair were commended for their creativity in snapping up a second-hand Marc Jacobs vest for $250 at Milan Station, $1,250 less than the original price.

The judges also said they demonstrated their skills at acquiring good value for money by purchasing an MP3 player for $888, which had a hi-fi set bundled with it. They also bought a Chinese handicraft piece for $140.

The pair, who did not know each other before the competition, said they might take a trip together with their free air tickets. The prize also includes free hotel accommodation, two notebook computers and an LCD television set.

Ms Tseng said: 'I might go to Egypt with [Liu] or give the free air ticket to my mum who has never travelled abroad before.'

The competition is part of the Hong Kong Shopping Festival, which started on June 26 and will end on August 31. About 3.7 million visitors are expected during the period.