10 Must-have Hong Kong Souvenirs
So you’ve had your fill of the city’s best char siu (barbecue pork) and har gow (prawn dumpling) and you’re ready to find a piece of Hong Kong to bring back with you (other than the extra pounds, that is). Here are 10 souvenirs you'll want to bring home to remind you of you unforgettable trip to the East.
Tea plays a significant part of daily Chinese life and is had throughout the day. With its multiple health benefits, ranging from weight loss to lowering blood pressure, it’s not hard to understand why. Whilst you’re in Hong Kong, get your hands on some traditional pu'er, jasmine, oolong or a deep flavourful tea like Iron Buddha or tieguanyin from a tea house like Lock Cha Tea House. For extra bonus points, pair it with a pretty tea set from one of the local department stores or markets.
2. Chinese Art
Oriental art has made its way into Western culture as an exotic addition to many homes. Bring some culture into yours with an oriental vase from Yue Hwa or a nice jade sculpture from the Chinese Arts and Crafts. For something more affordable, pick up a Chinese painting when you visit Stanley.
3. Name Seal
Another great gift idea for someone is a custom chop, or a heavy stone stamp with their very own (Chinese) name carved into it. Nothing will make them feel more important than being able to stamp their name onto an official document! Make your way to Man Wa Street in Sheung Wan and choose one of the many street seal makers to make your inimitable souvenir.
4. Market Knick-knacks
You’re bound to visit a street market like Ladies Market where you're surrounded with various gifts to take home. And you don’t need to just get the typical “I <3 Hong Kong” t-shirts: some nicer souvenirs include boxed chopsticks sets, embroidered placemats and even tea sets. If quirkier items are your thing, look for dim sum steamer fridge magnets or humorously translated Engrish signs in Stanley Market or Temple Street.
5. Hong Kong Snacks
You'll have to carefully check the regulations on bringing food into your home country, but you can get some tasty -- or at least unique -- Asian snacks in Hong Kong if edibles are your idea of a great souvenir. If you like specialty items, dried goods such as seafood, mushrooms and herbal medicines can be found on Des Voeux Road West.
Otherwise, most malls and even side streets have an Aji Ichiban or a candy or snack stall where you can buy fruit jellies, mocha, seaweed, pork floss and much more. If you want to bring back some local favourites, look out for treats like sajima, winter melon cake and dragon beard candy.
6. Hong Kong Designs
From clothes to accessories to housewares, G.O.D. Goods of Desire started off as a small retail shop and is now well known in town for its Hong Kong-themed products. If you are hunting for gifts like hanging junk boat decorations, rickshaw bookmarks and even Hong Kong wrapping paper, Jing-a-ling will have what you’re looking for.
7. Tomica Cars
These dinky cars aren’t just toys for little boys anymore. Replicas of Hong Kong double deckers, streetcars, minibuses, taxis (green, red and blue!) are considered collector’s items and are often put in display cases instead. Log-On has them but you can also out venture out to Fuk Wing Street (aka Toy Street) in Sham Shui Po or the Wan Chai market to check out the bigger selections available there.
8. Custom Clothing
Many people venture across the border to Shenzhen for inexpensive custom-made clothing nowadays, but that can be intimidating for first-time tourists, especially as you'll need to get a visa to enter China. Instead, try one of the custom tailors on this list. If you want to feel like a superstar and want the best, try W. W. Chan & Sons or Linva Tailors in Central.
9. Traditional Clothing
Speaking of custom-made clothing, you may also want a cheongsam or qipao, the traditional fitted Chinese dress made mainstream by Western celebrities such as Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman, Victoria Beckham, and even Katy Perry. Less common is the Mao suit, the men’s traditional dress, but you can still see them during Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong.
10. Made In Hong Kong Goods – Camel Vaccum Flask
If you’re after a something that is truly made in Hong Kong, look no further than the Camel Vacuum Flask. The brand, Camel, has been making glass vaccum flasks and stainless steelware in Hong Kong since 1940, and their products are known to last forever. The brand is going through a revival and their flasks are flying off shelves thanks to hipster millennials trying to get their hands on a bit of history. Try your luck at one of these stockists.