Thanks for the comments!
Steve - Customs would not have found it but we bought some food items as gifts which we felt that we had to declare. They found the rocks as they searched for other food items - the guys were very courteous though as they confiscated the pork jerky. BTW in the Houston Chinatown the most common language spoken is Mandarin and Vietnamese with a smattering of Taiwanese and Cantonese. One store owner in a Kowloon shopping area called us ABC's bec my "zhungwen" is not so good either
TexGal - I think I heard that TexGuy was taking you to Hong Kong this year
. Seriously, though avoid summer because it gets really hot and humid according to the tourist books.
Dave - you would go crazy there identifying so many different kinds of aquatic plants without diving into any ditches.
Jess - you would'nt be able to have a 6 ft tank in HK! Most people live in high rises and space is limited. Nonetheless it s a great place to visit for plant and fish geeks. Hotels are reasonably priced, the train is convenient and inexpensive, and you can eat well cheaply (or very expensively depending on your tastes). I find the mix of British and Chinese influence delightful. Wonton soup or French toast with peanut butter with your milk tea this afternoon?
rodrigaj - I saw store owners bagging fish in the morning when the stores are just opening up but I can't say for sure they "unbag" unsold livestock at closing time (most shops close at 9-10 pm) since it was too late. From a business standpoint it makes sense bec dead livestock = lost revenue.
aquaquang - this is also a residential street. People live in apartments in the upper levels. HK has the advantage of proximity to major aquatic plant growers in SE asia and ability to easily import from other suppliers like Tropica.