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What to buy/bring home from the Central area of Hong Kong?

What to buy/bring home from the Central area of Hong Kong?

Jul 31st, 2007, 04:47 PM
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What to buy/bring home from the Central area of Hong Kong?

My son is on a business trip to Hong Kong. He is situated in the 'Central Area' of Hong Kong.
His time is limited ( and his budget) but he still wants to bring home some unique items from Hong Kong.
Any suggestions that are close to where he is
located?
Thanks
Maureen
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Jul 31st, 2007, 06:53 PM
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Top quality Chinese tea and Yixing teapots. Jasmine Pearl is my favorite and I always try to bring some home. Try Ying Kee Tea House. The main store is at 151 Queen's Road in Central Hong Kong.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 06:57 PM
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Something small from Shanghai Tang (my favourite shop in HKG) in the Pedder Building.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 07:04 PM
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knit ware....sweaters....cashmere (cheap comaparitively)
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Jul 31st, 2007, 07:27 PM
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I would say to spend a lunch hour or a Saturday afternoon walking Hollywood Road and going into the various art and antique galleries there. He can spend a lot or a little, if he wants some inexpensive kitsch stuff, go to “Cat Street and “Ladder Street” just at the Man Mo Temple and there are many outdoor stalls selling things like opium pipes, old Chinese coins, the little red Mao books and other memorabilia, Buddhas, and all kinds of “antiques” at very low prices (bargain anyway). Lots of inexpensive blue and white “porcelain” too. The real and expensive stuff is inside this shops, but the stalls are a lot of fun and you can get some nice pieces. These shops are generally closed on Sundays and by about 6 pm in the evening. (The shops below are open on Sundays and mostly until about 8 pm or later)

One great shop for maps, prints, posters of Hong Kong and SE Asia (like posters of Bruce Lee movies), etc is Picture This, they have two outlets in Central:

Picture This
Shop 212
Prince’s Building
Queen’s Road
Central
2525-2803
http://www.picturethiscollection.com...current/page1/

Picture This
Suite 603B, 6/F
9 Queen's Road
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2525-2820

Would agree on Shanghai Tang, don’t know if these gifts are for you or for him, but he can shop for both there. On the basement level, they have gift items like wallets, candles, their very nice Jasmine room spray, watches (with Mao waiving or Chinese characters), etc. Upstairs is clothing. He should definitely take a look there:

Shanghai Tang
Basement and First Floor
Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
http://www.shanghaitang.com/shanghaitang/index.jsp

(Also outlets in Pacific Place Mall and the Peninsula Hotel and an outlet at the airport)

The whole Pedder Building, while changing in nature these days from an outlet building to a “regular” shopping mall, has some interesting shops, some discount outlets selling Chanel, etc. There are some cashmere shops, but I would tell him to be VERY careful, much of the cashmere is fake. One great shop, which is decidedly non-discount, is Blanc de Chine. They have silk clothing, bed linens and gift items. They have cashmere and wool clothing as well. Beautifully designed and made. Worth a look at the very least:

Blanc de Chine
2nd Floor
Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central

Finally, he could just hop across the harbour by Star Ferry and do ALL his souvenir shopping at Chinese Arts and Crafts. Fixed price, but good prices and good quality. Just every type of Asian artifact you could want as well as table lines, some clothing and jewelry (again fixed price but good quality). There is a shop in Central, but IMO it does not have nearly the selection that the main store in TST has, so I would just go to the main store:

Chinese Arts and Crafts Department Store
Star House, 3 Salisbury Rd.
Tsimshatsui
(at the Star Ferry Pier)

Asia Standard Tower
59 Queens Road (across from the mid-levels escalator)
Central
Tel: 2901-0338

230 Pacific Place Mall
88 Queensway (at Admiralty MTR)
Tel: 2827-6667

website for all stores: http://www.chineseartsandcrafts.com.hk (click on “E” for English)

While he is at the TST shop, another good shop is the gift shop of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, which is across the street:

Hong Kong Museum of Art Museum Shop
First Floor
10 Salisbury Road
Kowloon Hong Kong
Tel: 2180-9871

This is a great museum store with all kinds of books, artwork (esp wall scrolls) cards, Chinese music CDs, and all kinds of other art-related stuff at good fixed prices. I like to buy the Chinese music CDs because they are so cheap and its a good way to learn about classical Chinese music.

Hong Kong is very small and he could go to lots of places, even on his lunch hour (OK he might need two hours)
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Jul 31st, 2007, 08:02 PM
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Or pop into a Yue Hwa departmental store for Chinese clothing/craft etc.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 09:32 PM
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Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium
301-309 Nathan Road
Kowloon (at the Jordan MTR, Door A)
Tel: 3511 2222
http://www.yuehwa.com/yh/english/hkallstore/p2_2k4.html

Hip Shing Hong Centre
55 Des Voeux Road
Central, H.K.
Tel: 2522 2333
Opening Hour :10:30a.m.-8:00 p.m.

This is a down-market version of Chinese Arts and Crafts, they have a lot more clothing, shoes and other stuff which a typical department store has. However, their arts and craft department, while smaller, has some interesting stuff. They have a good selection of Christmas ornaments in the fall.

The branch at Des Veoux Road in Central that has more gifty-souvenier type items and is less of a big department store.
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Jul 31st, 2007, 10:24 PM
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Please excuse me interrupting this thread.
On the subject of knitwear and pashminas, is there anywhere in particular I should look when in Hong Kong - would like fashionable knitwear but still really nice quality
many thanks
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Aug 1st, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Another vote for Shanghai Tang. In addition to really lovely clothes, I also like the photo frames - filigree metal over beautiful silk background.
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Aug 1st, 2007, 07:22 AM
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Also there are really neat designer goods, fabrics, crockery, clothes, stationary, furniture at G.O.D. Goods By Design, www.god.com.hk

I bought a group of nesting tables and brought them home to Sydney with me. They weighed less than 10kg.

Hollywood Road
G/F. & 1/F., 48 Hollywood Road,
Central, HK
Tel: 2805-1876
Fax: 2541-0833

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun & Public Holidays: 11:00 am - 8:00pm
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Aug 1st, 2007, 05:04 PM
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Thank you so much for all the information
I have sent it along to him.
I can't wait to see what he brings back
Thanks again
Maureen
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