Stumbled upon the Jade Market on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon, situated in two separate covered market at the southern edge of Yau Ma Tei. Brightly lit and lined with stalls upon stalls of shiny, brightly colored semi-precious stoned along with some very eager and some more laid-back vendor sat on small folding chairs – it was like being transported into a treasure trove of fairytales. A truly lovely surprise considering I was feeling poorly from the flu (it’s been over a week now) and unable to partake in more adventurous day off activities… plus I am attracted to all things simple, elegant, gem-like and shiny!
And so, we meandered through the stalls, and before we reached the end of the first row, I had already laid my eyes on a pair of blue oval studs with gold-plated outer-overlays (? – is that a term?). Asked about the price and was first given HK $80 which went down to HK $50 in less than a 10 seconds when we made a move as if to continue walking. Came across some beautiful jade bracelets but: 1. thought it’d be priced too high and 2. didn’t believe in my lack of haggling skills until it finally hit me that the shopkeeper had said: “Hong Kong Dollar go-jyuu en“, Japanese for 50. Suffice to say, I snatched one up right away.
They did have some bracelet made of metal material but the wear and tear on those were very visible so I ended up a shiny one most probably made of plastic.
All in all, I’d say it’s a fine place to go for an afternoon stroll and walk away with some cheap, pretty trinkets – just be prepared to be at your persuasive best. Would probably stay away from indulging in expensive purchases because there really is no quality guarantee, that is, unless you are a jade expert yourself. Then, by all means, have at it! 🙂
Hong Kong Jade Market
Kansu Street Jade Market
Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Approx. 9AM – 6PM (M – Sun)