"This year there are no fireworks, but there will probably be tear gas somewhere," said 25-year-old IT worker Sam.
The protests turned violent at times.
Protesters inside the malls had thrown umbrellas and other objects at police.
Digging in for the long haul against Hong Kong's government, protesters are expanding their struggle from the streets to their wallets, weaponizing their spending power to punish businesses they deem hostile to their cause.
The backlash is against actress Crystal Liu.
Demonstrations show no sign of letting up.
Total commercial real estate sales in Cook County, which includes Chicago, dropped by 42% this year
Hong Kong police have fired more than 10,000 tear gas canisters to quell violent protests that have rocked the city for six months.
Cui warned that the U.S. and China must resolve their trade differences as Washington looks to crack down on Chinese human rights abuses.
The government will soon launch a fourth round of measures to support business, protect jobs and offer economic relief, she told reporters.
Incidents broke a rare pause in violence that has persisted during the six-month-long movement.
Hong Kong police ended their blockade of a university campus Friday after surrounding it for 12 days to try to arrest anti-government protesters holed up inside.
China called Trump's decision a "serious interference in China's internal affairs."
U.S. markets are closed Thursday for Thanksgiving.
China's government has promised unspecified countermeasures in response.
Hardcore protesters occupied the campus nearly two weeks ago after blocking the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and set toll booths on fire during clashes with police.
A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened on Wednesday as a weeklong police siege of a nearby university appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the city’s anti-government protests.
Alibaba closed at 187.60 Hong Kong dollars ($23.96) per share after trading as high as 189.50 Hong Kong dollars.
A few people might still be hiding in the warren of buildings on the urban campus, trying to avoid arrest.
The people of Hong Kong have said in no uncertain terms that they want change. The question is whether they will get it — or a return to the violent protests that have plagued the city for nearly six months.