charles, for travel size i guess that feisol would fit your needs. for me i travel quite a bit for work and have thought about getting a travel sized one, but end of day, i don't use tripod that much to justify spending that amount of dough. this $99 one is 3.5lbs, 4 section and fits in my carry on.
plus ur going to HK, so u might want to check it out there, since these are all made in China, i wouldn't be surprise to find it cheaper overseas.
when i went to Taiwan 3 yrs ago, i found a 10-22 made in Japan for $500. but i knew eventually i wanted to go FF, so passed up on that. till this day, with my 30D, i regretted not buying that!