Located at the junction of Kansu and Battery Streets, the Jade Market is a popular street market among locals and tourists. It comprises hundreds of stalls selling a wide variety of jade rings, amulets, bracelets, carvings, earrings, stones, small figurines and ornaments. It is a nice place if you are looking for inexpensive jewelry or souvenirs. You can spend the morning hours in an atmosphere of trade and try to find what you like to take home as a souvenir or a present.
Jade is the most popular gemstone among Hong Kong residents. This green stone has many hues and colors, and according to Chinese believe it protects wearers against illness and ward off bad luck. It is also associated with long life and good health. Grandmothers commonly buy a jade for newborns.
1. High quality jade is emerald green, very expensive and usually sells in jewelry stores. Do not buy expensive items of jade without an expert.
2. Try your bargain skills. As in other street markets, do not forget about haggling to get a better price. Most vendors will accept about half or even more of the original asking price. Walk away if you don't get the price you want, you can find another vendor that will have the same thing.
3. Morning is probably the best time to visit the market.
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