Premiums in Hong Kong were steady at between $1.80 and a high of $2 an ounce as dealers waited for fresh supplies from Europe. China's net gold imports from Hong Kong fell 42 percent to to below 100 tonnes in November, reflecting a drop in demand from jewellers and retail investors after strong purchases in recent months. China does not publish gold trade data. The numbers from Hong Kong - a main conduit for gold into China - give the best picture of the country's trade of the precious metal. In other markets, Asian share markets endured mixed fortunes on Monday in the wake of disappointing data on Chinese manufacturing, while investors showed renewed appetite for commodities as the new year got underway.