We visited Hong Kong during the protests which led us to be a bit more cautious in our choices of activities. In an effort to stay closer to areas we were familiar and comfortable with we chose the Jade Market to see what markets in Hong Kong were all about. Also known as the Yau Ma Tai Jade Hawkers Bazaar, the Jade Market is located on Canton Rd in the Jordan area of Hong Kong.
Come early to receive special pricing!
It’s quite hard to tell who is actually selling real Jade and who is just selling you glass. One women did a demonstration that involved scratching the beads with scissors to show real jade doesn’t scratch and she also held a lighter the the bead to show even under fire the temperature remains cool. We later researched to find these are accurate ways to test if jade is authentic or not.
We were happy to get a small market experience while in Hong Kong even if it wasn’t one of the most diverse markets in the city. It’s always a great time to see what crafts and products the locals are proud of and selling to share the culture.
How to get there and back: since we were staying in the Kowloon area during the time of the Hong Kong protests, we just walked a few blocks up and over.
Know before you go:
- Bring Cash
- Don’t be afraid to take any price they give and immediately cut it in half.
- Don’t be afraid to walk away, prices get lower as you walk away.
- Stall owners will touch and pull you over to their stall but if you’re not interested you can just politely decline and continue on.
- Canton Rd, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
- Hours 10 AM – 6:30 PM
- 7 Days a Week (Holidays May Effect This)