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Jade Market

Jade Market, Hong Kong

This photo of inside Jade Market is courtesy of TripAdvisor

If you are a jade lover or looking for a piece of jade that you have wanted, Jade Market is the place for you to visit. It is located at junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon.  The area is covered selling anything that is made of jade like trinkets, sets of jewelries, bangles, and many more.

Jade in Chinese character is a combination of beauty and purity and has been long associated for long life and good health in Chinese culture. Almost all Hongkongers own jade as their lucky charm and for a few who are still lingering on old beliefs, newborns receive amulets of jade from their grandmas based on their zodiac signs and computation of the Chinese almanac.

Jade accessories, rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings are sold in over 400 stalls around Jade Market.  You have a variety of choices to shop that will even stretch your budget to its limit. For some who are looking for a Chinese good luck charm but does not know what suits you, store keepers will help you find your appropriate match and will even give you a free advice to change it every year according to your fortune. And according to the Chinese beliefs and tradition, if ever your jade breaks, you have to smile and replace it as its breaking means bad luck is coming on your way and it took a hit on your behalf. In some cases, buying accessories in Jade Market can be tricky as some stall keepers are very firm on their prices. But if you are not in a hurry and have a bargaining skill, it is fun and amusing how it really works.

Jade Market Stall, Hong Kong

This photo of jades and ornamets is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Jade business flourishes in Hong Kong. Walking along the Jade Market street will satisfy your eyes by just looking at the different kinds and colors of jade, ornaments, figurines, and among others.  Even if your fancy is on architecture and monuments, you will wonder and get excited by what you can see around not just only by quantity but by quality of the products.

Getting to the Jade Market is easy. Just take MTR, exit C of Yau Ma Tei Station, walk along Nathan Road, and turn right to Kansu Street until you reach the place. Jade Market opens at 10:30AM daily.      

How about you, have you visited this place already or are having a plan to visit? Please feel free to share your experiences or leave comments.