streetSNAP: Hong Kong’s Pawn Shops
One of the earliest forms of business in Hong Kong, pawn shops are situated in almost every district of the city. Unlike in the West, where pawn shops buy, pawn or sell to and from the public, HK pawn shops give customers money in return for their belongings. If the customer does not repay the loan with interest then the belongings are kept and sold off to second-hand and jewellery shops. Jewellery, watches, fur and clothes are the most common items pawned. Looking for a pawn shop in your area? Just keep and eye out for the ‘bat’ and ‘coin’ neon sign (signifying fortune and coin) or the saloon style doors.
Next time on streetSnap: ‘Night work’, part 2.