New York, New York
July 6, 2001
There are several locations around the city, the most convenient and comfortable for browsing being this branch and the Pacific Place branch. (I believe there is another store in the China Resources Building in Wan Chai.) The Kowloon branch has multiple levels. When you first walk in, you will see handcrafted jade and other precious stones as well as delicate embroidery on display in the various glass cases. These items are very beautiful to look at and most are very expensive.
On the upper floor, there are more suitable items for purchase. Household items include placemats, tableclothes and napkins, bed linens. The quality here is high and the prices are reasonable. The range is wide from delicate emboideries to every-day use items.
For clothing, I have purchased kung fu robes and pants for my husband and male friends. They also have Mao style jackets and silk, cotton and flannel pajamas. Sizes tend to be on the smaller side so when in doubt, step up in size. Remember also that cotton tends to shrink in length (none of these are pre-shrunk) so keep that in mind as well.
For women, I have been a big fan of the flannel pajamas made in China. They come in floral and other patterns and are very soft and wearable. The silk underwear is also reasonably priced and are perfect for winters. My mother has bought her cheongsam here to wear at my wedding. They have a great selection of gowns with modern cuttings and nice details. Scarves are also a big hit here, as well as silk-filled jackets (called "meen lap".) These are incredibly warm and are cut in Chinese style with the braided buttons. Red, black and blue tend to be the traditional colors and these are available for both sexes and in all sizes including infants.
There are, of course, other arts and craft items such as paintings, porcelain, ceramics, wood carvings, furniture. These come in small well-priced items ideal for small gifts to expensive high-quality and expensive items. I have never tried this but I believe shipping is available to all parts of the world.
Some of my well-received gifts in the past include small replicas of silk shoes worn by bound feet women. These are about five inches long and have wonderful silk emboidery all around. Lace products are also popular, as are interesting chopstick rests. There are many things to choose from here and you can always depend on the high quality and reasonable prices.
From journal Reminiscing Hong Kong