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Treasure Hunting In Hong Kong

It's no secret that many Hong Kong antique collectors spirited most of their valuables overseas before China took over on July 1. They feared Beijing would shut down shipments of antiquities into Hong Kong and forbid buyers from taking old treasures out. But so far, goods are still making their way to Hong Kong, and buyers are leaving with their acquisitions. "Nothing has changed," says Pola Antebi, Chinese ceramics expert at the Christie's auction house in Hong Kong. "It's business as usual."

IMPERIAL FINERY. For those eager to purchase Chinese antiques, Hong Kong still has the best choices and prices. Neolithic pottery dating back 4,000 years with simple geometric designs can go for as little as $100. For really good pieces, you'll pay a lot more. And beware: Fakes abound. If you do your homework and buy from a reputable dealer, however, you can leave with a treasure.