Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Keep an eye out for these affordable goodies
that make for thoughtful keepsakes from the city.
In a shopping mecca like Hong Kong, where chain stores,
malls, and retail complexes are aplenty, finding the perfect souvenir can be a
challenging feat.
Fortunately, decision fatigue can be prevented.
Here are
four small, but unique, gift options that best capture the city's vibrant,
local culture.
Remember to get extras—you'll want to keep some of these for
yourself.
GoodBuy Hong Kong Cookies Cased in tin jars that pay tribute to the
city's mezmerizing neon signage, this buttery snack also doubles as an edible
good luck charm: traditional Chinese characters meaning "Good Luck" and "Great
Profit" are embossed on each cookie, available in milk tea and yuanyang (a
half-coffee, half-milk-tea concotion unique to the city's cafes) flavors.
Sold
in a number of specialty stores throughout the city, and all proceeds are
donated to local charity organizations benefitting the impoverished.
Po Sum On Healing Balm Balms, ointments, and medicated oils are seen as
something of a cure-all in Hong Kong, many of which are based off of family
recipes passed on from one generation to another.
This healing balm from
legacy brand Po Sum On claims to relieve everything from headaches to bug
bites to muscle pain, and has been a household staple ever since the company's
debut in 1907.
The traditional packaging and invigorating smell make for a
thoughtful present.
Red-White-Blue Merchandise Any Hong Konger worth one's salt can tell you
how significant the red-white-blue bag is to the local collective
memory.
These tricolor nylon bags first originated in the 1960s as a cheap
carryall option for people to lug around heavy items, but have since been
reinterpreted into runway inspiration and raw materials for souvenirs.
The
company rwb330 is a whimsical concept store that sells bags, posters, and
small objects made with the durable fabric.
Our favorite is the mini luggage
tag.
Nin Jiom Herbal Candy These Chinese medicine tablets (pictured) will come
in handy for anyone with a scratched voice or soar throat: Created with a Qing
Dynasty herbal formula that landed in the hands of a Hong Kong merchant, this
sweet alternative to cough syrup costs just under $1 per pack, and can be
puchased at any major supermarkets and pharmacies.
Legend has it that many
well-known singers from Japan buy them in bulk whenever they have a concert in
town.
Venus Wong lives in Hong Kong and covers the city for Travel + Leisure.
Herbal candy, healing balm, and more: read on for the best gifts
in Hong Kong.

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