What things to buy? How about:
- Chinese tea
You may even consider a good quality tea pot to go with it.
- Chinese dry mushrooms
- Silk garment: 'cheung sam' (traditional ladies' dress with embroidery) or
- Chinese embroidery
This includes linen clothes, linen table cloth, quilt covers, cushion covers
Jade can cost from $20 to several tens of thousand dollars. Unless you
really know what you are doing, don't invest more than $1,000. Go to
the Chinese Emporium like Chinese Arts and Craft or big famous goldsmith to
avoid fake ones.
- Chinese calligraphy / painting
When I said Chinese calligraphy, I don't mean the rainbow calligraphy or
your name in Chinese. The rainbow calligraphy is not too bad but it's
a pure invention for tourists. It's not a standard Chinese font.
As for those name in Chinese, the quality of the handwriting is real bad.
It's about an average high school kids' standard. I would rather they
print the Chinese characters for the name using a standard computer font
than selling it as a piece of calligraphy art.
- pure gold
These are the Chinese specific shops where you can get most of the above
- Chinese Arts and Craft
It sells clothes, embroidery, jade, precious stones and crafty stuff only. No food.
- Chinese Resources
Silk, clothes, embroidery, food, tea and Chinese medicine can be found here.
- Stanley Market
One of the most touristy places in HK. Great place for buying souvenirs,
but if you want good quality crafty stuff, go to Hollywood road or Chinese
Arts and Craft.
- Hollywood Road
Hollywood Road is full of crafty Asian / Chinese style furniture including
real and imitation antiques.