A visit to Hong Kong is not complete without taking something home to remember the trip by or to give to family and friend so they too can "experience" Asia's World City. Photos are wonderful but something you can use, wear, display, taste, etc, make better mementos. There are the ubiquitous T-shirts, refrigerator magnets and key chains but there are other unique items that make wonderful souvenirs like the ones in the list below.
These pairs of equal-length sticks were said to have been invented 6,000 years ago in China and has since became the eating utensils of choice in the region. They are commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood, or stainless steel but if you are looking for something special, they can also come in expensive materials such titanium, gold, silver, porcelain, jade, and ivory. Chopsticks can be simple or ornate with traditional Chinese designs. Get them from Hong Kong markets or the city's shopping malls.
Hong Kong is a great place to shop for bone porcelain from China. If you know how to look, you can get good quality porcelain products at very affordable prices. They make wonderful gift for friends and for decorating your own home. Expensive antiques and practical sets for daily use are available in market shops and malls. Check out porcelain ware at Wing-On in 211 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan.
Having tea in Hong Kong is a must. The city has a lot of tea shops to explore. From high-end shops to market stalls, there are lots of tea variants to get a sip of. Take home a stash of your favorite ones and reminisce your wonderful Hong Kong vacation while enjoying the relaxing and healing benefits of tea.
Greenstone, more popularly known as Jade, is a very auspicious stone in Chinese culture. It has been associated with long life and good health for ages, making it a prized material for jewelry and charms. Buddha statuettes and other decorative items are also available and believed to bring positive energy to the place where it is placed. Jade Market, on the junction of Kansu and Battery Streets in Yau Ma Tei, is where the jade trade is most active in Hong Kong.
There is something therapeutic about looking at Chinese paintings. Usually of landscapes, flowers, and nature, these beautiful pictures are usually drawn on delicate paper or embroidered on silk. They are widely available in Hong Kong local markets and parks, where the artists can tell you the whole story about the masterpieces.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine has been an integral part of Chinese lifestyle for more than 2,500 years. It includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. According to this approach, Chinese doctors do not treat a particular ailment, but the entire human body. Hong Kong offers a wide selection of medical stores, shops, and pharmacies, selling medications made of herbs and other traditional ingredients.