When you get off the Peak Tram on your way, the first shops that greet you are the souvenir shops, you’ll see wax or fiberglass molding of baby’s hands, Chinese chops and Chinese calligraphy,toys, massage products, miniature fridge magnet dim sum, postcards, shirts, Chinese shoes and glitzy electronics but if you’ll just hold on just a second. There is actually another more noteworthy and different souvenir shop at the Peak Galleria and you wouldn’t expect this from a 7-Eleven convenience store.
What’s so special? Looks just like another convenience store mobbed by hungry and thirsty tourists.
Hong Kongers are so fond of everything Japanese you’ll find most snacks are imported from Japan. Snacks like Chocolate Pocky, Pretz, Meiji Chocolate Bars, Melty Kiss, Seaweed flavoured chips and strawberry flavoured cookies.
Now the Baby formula isn’t really targeting anyone visiting Hong Kong from Western countries because who buys baby formula as a souvenir to take back home? Instead you’ll find that mainland Chinese tourists have a growing penchant for Japanese/foreign baby formula. The rising class of Nouveau riche tourists from China remain skeptical about home made Chinese infant formulas and generally like to buy tins and tins of Japanese infant formula instead. Prices shot up triple fold after the Fukoshima radiation scare about the continued supply so rumour has it that people still stock up.
Hello Kitty bubble blowers, hand held fans, mirrors and torches are still working their charm on tourists, who adopt it as a fashion statement.