Hong Kong is a real haven for tea lovers! While the tea shops in Taiwan have a larger variety of predominently Formosan oolongs and teas -- at least from the last impression I had in 2003, the tea varieties in Hong Kong are wider, ranging from black teas to green, compressed to loose, aged to freshly plucked brews.
There's another good reason why I think Hong Kong is a tea lovers' haven -- most of the the shopkeepers there speak ENGLISH (not that it matters to me!) ... One of the frustrating thing for a western tealover is the inability to communicate with the tea shop salespersons -- Taiwan and China seem to have this lingo barrier, but Hong Kong, being till 10 years ago a British colony, has done well.
My trip to Hong Kong was a fruitful and lovely one; I had 3 agendas: to celebrate my best friend's birthday, to find out more about the tea trade and its development in Hong Kong (a question posed by a British tea friend), and to hunt the alleys for tea.
Besides looking up the tea trade development, I have accomplished the other two. Arrive home with more teas than I can drink, an empty pocket, and an idiot's orgasmic smile -- whatever that means...
...the interior of this wholesaler is not for a Pu'er newbie!