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Why Jade Market is special ?
The Jade Market Hong Kong is a collection of hundreds of stands selling all kinds of jade, pearls, semi-precious stones, in all forms, shapes and sizes, being jewelry, carvings, little statues, chops, and anything that would make a good gift or just a little knick knack or memento to take home. If shopping takes your fancy over architecture and monuments, you won’t be disappointed with the quality and quantity of jade being sold by the more than hundreds of stalls here.
Jade has a very special meaning to the Chinese, it is considered a sacred stone that symbolizes purity and morality and stands for beauty and grace. Their appreciation can be compared to the predilection of gold and diamonds in the West.
What to explore at Jade Market?
The covered Jade Market, split into two parts by Battery St, has hundreds of stalls selling all varieties and grades of jade. If you like the idea of having a bit more control over the luck in your life, this is the place to pick up an authentic Chinese good-luck charm. Based on the year you were born, and according to the Chinese almanac, one particular animal will be appropriate for you to wear and should be changed each year according to your changing fortune. The stall keepers will be able to help you choose the right one. If your needs are more cosmetic, most stall keepers will also happily make slight alterations or even tailor a piece to your own taste.
How to get to Jade Market?
MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C. Walk along Nathan Road to Kansu Street, then continue along Kansu Street until you reach the Jade Market.
- Great prices and selection
- Convenient, Classic Hong Kong Stop
- Great place for gifts
- Wholesale prices to barter
- Interesting and good for bargains
Kansu Street, Hong Kong, China
Tips for you
My companion and I had to visit the Jade Market before we left Hong Kong. She had some specific items she wanted to buy, based on her earlier visit to the city, while I was primarily along for the walk, but open to buying if I found something I liked. The Jade Market consists mainly of two buildings, open rather than partitioned, filled with individual tables on which the vendors displayed their offerings. You must bargain -- don't pay the first price requested or you'll pay much more than you should. The vendors can be a bit aggressive, so take your time and don't be rushed. If you explain what you want, the vendors can be very helpful, but there are many vendors so if you don't see exactly what you want, or cannot agree on a reasonable price, be respectful but move on. Showing that you're willing to walk away, and actually beginning to do so, can often bring the vendor to offer a lower price; if not, well, there are lots of other vendors. At the end of the morning, my companion had obtained what she had been looking for and I had purchased a small figurine as a Birthday present for my sister. We had purchased the items at between a quarter to a third of the first price asked, so firm bargaining had paid off -- and besides, it was fun.