Much visited and loved, the Jade Market is a great place to pick up souvenirs and see a Hong Kong market in action. Concentrated in two buildings there are dozens of stalls selling jade, pearls and souvenirs. Bargaining is expected here and it is somewhat of a sport, have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously and you will exit with what you want without feeling cheated. This is not necessarily the place for the highest quality jade but the prices are not what high quality would cost.
Educate yourself a bit before going. Cheap jade can often be injected with color to make it look green, and sometimes plastic is even substituted. There are lots of little tests that can be done, Jade has high density. Toss the jade in the air and catching it with your hand it should feel heavier than it looks or compared to another stone. The Jade should also remain cold not become warm in your hand again because of density. As far as color Jade can also come in a variety from greens, white, pink, orange, yellow, red and black.
The Jade market is more about the fun costume jewelry and occasionally a lucky real find. There is so much merchandise it can be hard to focus on one thing, once out of the market individual pieces always look better. Buy what you like and pay what you feel comfortable and you will come away happy and satisfied. No matter the quality the colors are beautiful and the experience is fun.
Across the street from the market are several blocks of jewelry stores on Canton Road and Battery street, which are more expensive but also should have certificates for their Jade if you are looking for higher quality. These stores will also bargain a bit but much less than the in the market itself. The shopkeepers here are happy to educate the consumer on how to look at Jade and other gemstones and judge the quality.
In Hong Kong Jade is associated with good luck and purity. It is traditionally given as a birth gift and held onto for generations. Bring home a little Hong Kong good fortune, a great souvenir steeped in Hong Kong history!
Details: Kwun Tong or Tsuen Wan MTR to Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C. Follow Nathan Road for two blocks, then turn left onto Kansu Street for another two blocks. Market will be on your right. The walk is about 5 minutes. The Market is open Monday through Saturday 11am to 6pm.