Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Hong Kong
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Open Hours: Mo to Su from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
The Jade Market, just west of Nathan Road on the junction of Kansu and Battery Streets, is where vendors sell various shades ... More
The Jade Market, just west of Nathan Road on the junction of Kansu and Battery Streets, is where vendors sell various shades and qualities of jade, a greenish stone found in East Asia. Actually more a place for locals than for tourists, visitors may have to suffer a long bargaining session with persistent vendors before arriving at a good deal for a high-quality piece of jade. Nevertheless, there are also plenty of trinkets and souvenirs at much lower prices.
It is a given that there are literally thousands of items to choose from, from low quality jade products to not so high quality jade products plus a lot more non-jade products of various shapes and sizes (and prices). But what is nice about here is that the persons behind the stalls were I bought some items from were very nice, patient and courteous (in spite the haggling that went on) to me, even though not one of these persons knew how to speak english, (and we had to do our conversations in crude sign language and the calculator. This is a far cry from my previous experiences (as well as others) that when shopping in Hong Kong, the vendors are generally discourteus, unfriendly and impatient. To prospective shoppers, just know how to distinguish jade from non-jade, jade qualities, treated and natural jade and you will come out happy. I bought a chess set, mahjong set, domino set, replica terracota soldiers, jade-like household items, and a lot of jade products (rings, bangles, pi disks, bracelets, earings and jade balls) - all for gifts (to myself and friends and relatives) and it did not cost that much. My son, who is just nine years old, would ask if we could go back the next day (because the seller was also nice to him), and we did. We were billeted in a hotel nearby. When I got back to my country, I was telling myself, I should have bought and spent more at the jade market.
This market is well known and everyone who goes to Hong Kong stops here... and the traders know it! Depending on what you look like and your ability to speak Cantonese, the price of the same item can fluctuate alarmingly; I was quoted $25 dollars for a necklace, which, when the American couple behind me asked the price of, it was $100 - which they paid. If you're quite clearly a tourist, vendors sum you up and smack a $300 price tag on a trinket that would go to a Hongkonger for a fifth of that. Suppose thats all part of the charm really; make sure you flex your bargaining tactics here because most are more than willing to go way down. Don't feel guilty about walking away if the price isn't right either... in my experience this usually results in them shouting after you offering incrementally lower and lower prices! Just don't push too hard, or they might get abusive. But the real recommendation here is, a couple of streets over is Jade St, where there are lots of Jade and Jewel shops, many of which have prices marked on items, not prices made up on the spot if it looks like you'll willingly part with your cash. You can use your plastics in these shops too, even Amex, and though Hongkongers are loathe to give refunds, there's still a certain amount of accountability here. Plus, if you don't really know the difference between your nephrite and jadeite jade, it's not wise to but expensive pieces at the market.
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