Tang Tang Tang Tang

is the unusual name of one of the shops on my “must visit” list for our recent trip to Hong Kong.

When we lived in Hong Kong at the beginning of the millennium, Shanghai Tang was one of those shops you always went with visitors to the city. The bright coloured Manchu style clothing, Chinese inspired silver photo frames and serving dishes and the exquisite scent of the Ginger Flower permeating the air made the shop a truly unique experience. Let alone that it was housed on the ground floor of the spectacular Pedder Building in Central.

The old Shanghai Tang in The Pedder Building

The old Shanghai Tang in The Pedder Building

The chain was founded by entrepreneur, Sir David Tang who also founded The China Club, a club like restaurant in Hong Kong serving authentic Shanghianese street food. However in 1998, Sir David sold his controlling share in Shanghai Tang.

The China Club

The China Club

In November last year, Tang Tang Tang Tang, Sir David’s latest offering, opened with a star studded cast including Kate Moss and Vivienne Tam. Naturally I wanted to go and check it out. The shop is housed in another landmark building, this time in Wan Chai. My visit did not disappoint with the shop beautifully decorated and laid out in “rooms”.

Tang Tang Tang Tang Fireplace

Living “room” at Tang Tang Tang Tang

The emphasis is more on homewares and accessories with a small selection of garments, mainly sleepwear. My husband was fascinated by the electric rice cooker which I must admit, was very beautiful, but how on earth would we get that home in our hand luggage? The toaster was equally beautiful but we didn’t come to buy kitchen appliances.

The Dining Room at Tang Tang Tang Tang

The Dining Room at Tang Tang Tang Tang

I loved the tableware, especially the blue and white pattern. (Like who doesn’t like blue and white, right?) And the light fittings, and the glassware, and the silver plated candle holder and wow, look at that bedding.

The Bedroom in Tang Tang Tang Tang

The Bedroom in Tang Tang Tang Tang

Oh dear, I was in a state. It was one of those shops, though, where you just had to make a purchase, just to remember the beauty and reminisce. So I purchased a bottle of the Signature Tang Room Fragrance. Not sure if I bought it for the smell, the bottle or the gorgeous packaging but definitely much easier to transport and I can spray it around, shut my eyes and pretend I’m back in Hong Kong.

Tang Room Fragrance

Tang Room Fragrance

You don’t need to travel to Hong Kong to enjoy the wares at Tang Tang Tang Tang. You can shop online, however, if you do find yourself in the city, I can ensure you, a visit to the store is a must.

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Comments

  1. Candice Cummins says

    Is this Tang took spray like the original Shangai Tang spray? I’ve been looking for that original scent since …I can’t even remember when!

  2. Hi Candice, No the Tang Tang spray is a bit more oriental and woody than the Shanghai Tang spray. The Shangha Tang spray was based on Ginger Flowers and so therefore sweeter. I love both of them. They still the Shanghai Tang spray at Shanghai Tang stores. I bought a bottle in the New York store back in the 2011 when we were visiting there. I’ve seen other brands of candles around based on the Ginger Lily or Ginger Flower they are nice but nowhere near as good as the original. Happy hunting.
    Jennifer

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