Yup, I'm quickly realizing that and really appreciate the recommendation! I love my little Yixing. From reading your blog, I believe you bought quite a few there in one go, correct?
Ming Heung is definitely worth buying some tea from the next time I'm in the area. I couldn't believe the sheer size of the operation when I looked in there, and it's another one of the stores that looks like it's been around since the 50s. It's a pleasure to be able to buy tea from businesses with history!
Sin Fook was an entirely different beast. Ms Chan (the lady who was working at the time I went in) was aware of the HKTea forum (she mentioned it, not me) and told me to check it out. Somehow she assumed I could read and write Chinese. I should probably learn more than the 10-20 odd characters I know now.
She was really cool though, and even offered me a piece of cake since we were drinking sheng, but I told her I was going to be having lunch after.
I'm really enjoying this sheng. It brews dark like shu, but one sip and one look at the leaves and you know its sheng. Still has a little bitterness and astringency, but its very pleasant, and it has the spiciness shu doesn't have.
After my last post, I decided to visit a porcelain store I spotted in Happy Valley. I really DON'T need anymore teaware, but I had to check it out. Glad I did:
Some of the aged sheng.
Longjing: interestingly, they keep it in the fridge and recommended I do the same!
The rooster cups and the Japanese one were only $16 HKD (around $2.10 USD).