When I lived in Shanghai I used Taobao ALOT. Even though my Chinese wasn't great I was able to get by with google translate and a lil help from my friends. I rarely had any issues and I got a lot of great stuff.
So, I am wondering if it runs the same in Hong Kong or if there are extra steps for payment, shipping etc? I used my bank of China account via alipay back then - Do they accept HK banks or is it a credit card system?
Are there taobao stores that don't ship to Hong Kong? Is it more expensive?