Apple increases its presence in China with new flagship Hong Kong store

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Apple's new Hong Kong store in all its glory.
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Apple is set to open its 23rd Apple Store in China this week — with Hong Kong’s fourth retail outlet opening its doors, Thursday local time, in the city’s tourist-heavy Tsim Sha Tsui district.

This represents another step in Apple’s massive Chinese retail expansion, which Tim Cook has said will result in 40 stores in China by the middle of 2016.

Hong Kong politician watches sexy girls on his iPhone during historic debate

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"Erm... ah, how do you get back to the home screen?"
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Hong Kong import and export lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong has embarrassed himself after being snapped viewing sexy pics on his iPhone during an important parliamentary debate. Because, you know, helping decide the entire future of Hong Kong isn’t exciting enough!

Crazily enough, Wong is far from the first high-profile politician to be caught using his Apple product inappropriately.

All The Cool Apple Stuff Not Made By Apple in Hong Kong [Gallery]

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One of two "Apple" bags found in the Ladies Market. @Nicole Martinelli for Cult of Mac.

Once I started iSpying in the crowded, bustling streets of Hong Kong, it was hard to stop. (Also, the IP lawyers must be seriously busy in these parts.)

These are some of my favorite finds of Apple-esque products and signs — minus the pics that didn’t turn out because my travel companions were trying to stop me from lagging behind or getting run over.

We’ll have more reporting from Hong Kong soon; a special thanks goes out to Truman Au for showing me around.

Cult of Mac Plays iSpy in Hong Kong

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Drumming up iBusiness on Nathan Road in Hong Kong.
Drumming up iBusiness on Nathan Road in Hong Kong.

I’m still a little woozy from the 14-hour plane ride from San Francisco, but at first glance this humming tech hub seems like Samsung territory.

For every 10 Galaxy Notes that metro riders are stumbling down the endless escalators watching TV shows or reading comics on, I’ve probably spotted one iPhone.

Tim Cook Takes Second Trip To China To Meet With Government Officials

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Tim Cook with Miao Wei, the head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
Tim Cook with Miao Wei, the head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

Tim Cook has kicked off 2013 with a second visit to China. The Apple CEO met with Miao Wei, head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, to discuss the development of China’s information technology industry, mobile communications, and Apple’s expansion in China.

The Cupertino company has doubled its number of retail outlets in the nation, and its iOS devices are becoming increasingly popular there. Cook’s last visit to China came in March 2010 before he pledged “greater investment” in the world’s largest market for consumer technology.

Apple’s New Store In Hong Kong Features A Massive 30-Foot Glass Curtain Wall

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Apple’s been focusing their retail expansion overseas the last few years. They recently announced plans to build their first store in South America, and they’ve continued to open up new flagship stores in Asia.

Hong Kong already has two Apple Stores, but a third store is opening up in the Causeway Bay area this Saturday that is both massive and beautiful. The main feature of the Causeway Bay store is its 30-foot glass curtain wall that allows customers to see all three stories of the store while walking by on the street.