HKSAR 15th anniversary
Raise the standard
With the 15th anniversary of the handover next Sunday, it's time to put on your patriotic hat. Eco-chic lifestyle store Tree has designed some rugs that reflect local life, from the city's transport system and skyline to the flag, with one rug inspired by the bauhinia flower and recreated into a bold red and white graphic that will add a contemporary splash to any room. The rugs (HK$5,950) are 100 per cent wool. Tree, shop 311 The Arcade, Cyberport, tel: 2997 8522
A sense of scale
An interactive and fun lesson in Hong Kong's history comes with the Cityscape Hong Kong Time puzzle (HK$399.90). The 3-D puzzle comes with scale model buildings of the city's skyline spanning the early 20th century to the present day. Children can discover and learn about different neighbourhoods as they construct the skyline on the puzzle base. Toys 'R' Us, shop A198-A199, New Town Plaza, Phase III, Sha Tin, tel: 26052225 and other locations.
China in your hands
Since opening its first outlet 16 years ago, G.O.D has become a reference point for quirky designs inspired by local life. Current collections include the Dim Sum crockery series, which includes five sets of bowls and plates (HK$355) depicting traditional bite-size treats: siu mai, spring rolls, shrimp dumplings, rice noodle rolls and barbecued pork buns. G.O.D, shop B02, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2784 5555
The city's concrete facade hides an array of natural wonders to explore from national parks to mangroves and coral reefs. WWF Hong Kong has published several books documenting its ecosystems with colourful imagery and in-depth information on each particular topic. Books include Reef Fishes of Hong Kong (HK$250), which includes information on about 320 species and their relevance to the region as well as Hong Kong. wwf.org.hk