First Hong Kong Apple store opens; iPhone and iPad Chinese fans rush on opening day

By on Sep 24, 2011 in Asia, Business, Smartphone, Tablet, Technology Comments

The first Apple store in Hong Kong opened on Saturday, September 24, 2011, opens; with hundreds of Chinese fans rushed to buy iPhone and iPad units.

First Hong Kong Apple store on its opening day
Image Credit: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

As noted at international news sites, the first Hong Kong Apple store is located in the two storey upscale International Financial Center Mall linked by a glass spiral staircase.

According to Wall Street Journal, hundreds camped out in front of the new store as early as two days ahead of its opening day, with Apple distributing more or less 5,000 free Apple T-shirts.

The early customers, most of them were Chinese, were greeted by nearly 300 newly-hired Apple employees when the store opened at around 9 a.m. (local time).

“My mom was against it, but my dad convinced her to let me come,” J.J. Ng, 15, was quoted on the report and reportedly arrived nearly 11 hours before the store opened.

“It was a bit rough sleeping here, but it was worth it,” Mr. Ng added, noting that he plans to add an iPod Shuffle to his collection of Apple gear, which includes a Macbook, iPod touch and an iPad.

Apparently, the opening of Hong Kong Apple store followed the Friday opening of Shanghai‘s third Apple store and the fifth for China, where Apple earlier said that it plans to open 25 retail stores.

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