Edited by Mike Aquino.
No one likes to return home empty-handed and be branded Scrooge, especially after leaving one of the shopping capitals of the world. Luckily, Hong Kong offers more that tacky caps and T-Shirts for tourists wanting to remember their time in the city. Take a look at these hand-picked best Hong Kong souvenirs.
Hong Kong ranks as one of the best cities in the world to pick up a suit. The city's tailors have garnered such a reputation for first class sewing that they now go on tours of New York and London to fit-up their dedicated clients.
Aside from the skilled tailors, the low price is also a major tourist draw; you can expect suits to be up to 20% cheaper than back in Britain or in the Big Apple. Turn around time is also sharp, and you can have a quality suit made in just three days.
Where: everywhere in Hong Kong, but Tsim Sha Tsui and Central have a fair share
Hong Kong boasts a long and deserved reputation as a home to cutting edge, cut-price electronics. While the city is not the bucket basement center it once was, PC equipment, computer gaming equipment, and software are still competitive.
You'll also find a good line in imitation Chinese phones, speaker docks and other things named Apple. If you are really looking for a keen price, head to the computer market just across the border in Shenzhen.
Where: Golden Shopping Arcade, 156 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. MTR: Sham Shui Po
Not the splintered pair you picked up at the local Dai Pai Dong. Hong Kong's markets boast a rainbow selection of chopsticks, all decorated with intricate designs and in faux silk sewn cases.
At only HK$20 a pop, these are the perfect present for those who can't afford to splash out.
Where: Ladies Market, Mongkok, Tung Choi Street. MTR: Mongkok
China and Hong Kong's favorite tipple has been keeping people refreshed and healthy for more than 1000 years. In Hong Kong's tea houses you'll find a limitless amount of flavors as well as hosts who will happily walk you through each one.
Bags of tea sell for next to nothing and you can easily pick up the perfect flavor for whoever is on the present receiving end. If you have the time, try and take in a traditional tea ceremony in one of the tea houses.
Where: Any of the tea shops all over the city
Hong Kong still does a great trade in fine bone China porcelain. Competitive prices and some of the best pieces on the market make bone china an ideal present for friends and family back home.
Hong Kong offers both the more expensive antique option, as well as more practical dinner sets. If you want to buy fine China and Ming era pieces then head to the antique shops on Hollywood Road.
Where: Wing-On, 211 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan. MTR: Sheung Wan
Once the workshop of the world, the workshop has shifted from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, but luckily the prices have stayed. With Chinese style and fashion very much in vogue, Hong Kong has a wardrobe selection of Chinese clothing and Chinese styled clothes.
Try Shanghai Tang for Chinese clothes with a contemporary twist and at prices that suit any wallet. Or for cheaper handbags, shows, and other accesories, look to one of the many markets in town.
Where: Pedder Street Market, Pedder Street, Central. MTR: Central