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Jade Market

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Jade Market

A view of the market’s many stalls.

In Chinese culture, jade symbolizes beauty and purity. That’s why it has been traded so widely throughout various Asian countries such as Burma, China, Singapore and Malaysia.

The Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei is one of the most iconic sites in Hong Kong. Four hundred vendors selling jade products, predominantly from Myanmar, are crammed into this small indoor bazaar. Apart from jade, pearls and other precious stones from the South East Asian region can also be bought.

Man polishing piece of jade

Man polishing piece of jade with a toothbrush.

The Jade Market wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be; in fact, when I was walking down the aisles I noticed that some vendors had signs hanging down in front of their stalls saying, “We are out of business! Please help us by buying jade necklace, special price starting from $10”. The stall keepers tried to advertise their jade products to me by shouting random phrases like, “Good price”, “high quality” and “very beautiful!”. There was obviously a very competitive atmosphere here, as all of the vendors were trying their very best to attract my attention.

Jade for sale

The massive array of jade products stunned me. There was literally everything you could imagine on sale – in jade. Jade necklaces, jade keyrings, jade paperweights, jade busts, jade statuettes; you name it. Also, everything was CHEAP! However, I had learnt from the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website (http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attractions/kln-jade-market.html) that most of the jade was dyed, to ‘enhance the colour’. So, at the end of the day, you get what you pay for!

Written by patrickcampbellhk

December 4, 2010 at 7:50 PM