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Brushing Up. Granted, becoming a master brush painter takes years. But calligraphy equipment makes a wonderful display, even if your brushwork doesn't. Boxed sets of bamboo-handled brushes, porcelain inkwells, and smooth inkstones start at HK$200 at Yue Hwa.
Kung Fu Supplies Co.. You've seen Enter the Dragon a hundred times, and you practice your karate chops daily. Time to get the drum, cymbal, leather boots, sword, whip, double dagger, studded bracelet, and kempo gloves. Kung Fu Supplies Co. can kit you out. 192 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, Hong Kong. 2891-1912. www.kungfu.com.hk.
On the Table. Remind yourself of all those dim sum meals by dressing up your dining room. Black-lacquer chopsticks and brocade place mats are in street stalls all over. Stanley Market has beautiful appliqué table linen. Department stores like Wing On sell cheap bamboo dim sum baskets—good for cooking or storage.
Opium Den Chic. Silk dressing gowns and basic cheongsams (silk dresses with Mandarin collars) are a bargain in markets and at Yue Hwa or Chinese Arts & Crafts. For more luxurious versions, try Shanghai Tang or Blanc de Chine, who also do men's Mao jackets. Get some brocade cushion covers for a matching bedroom.
Seal of Approval. Have your name engraved in Chinese, English, or both on traditional chops (seals). Made of wood, stone, or even jade, they're usually ornately carved, often with animals of the Chinese zodiac. Sets come with a tub of sticky red ink. Man Wa Lane in Sheung Wan is a great place to find them.
Tea for Two. Yixing teapots like those from homegrown brand Fook Ming Tong (www.fookmingtong.com) will melt even coffee-guzzlers' hearts. For the best brews head to the Lock Cha Tea House in the K.S. Lo Gallery, in Hong Kong Park, where you can sample vegetarian dim sum as well as tea. Lock Cha has a retail outlet in Sheung Wan (U/G 290B Queens Road Central., Sheung Wan 2805-1360 www.lockcha.com), which also holds weekly tea classes. Standard leaves come in pretty tins at local supermarkets like Park 'n' Shop. Yue Hwa does cheap porcelain tea sets.
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