Jade Market and the Art of the Haggle

Professor Saravara took students to the Jade market and Temple Street area.  Here one can look through thousands of jade items and haggle for the “right” price.  The Chinese character for jade is a combination of the words for beauty and  purity.  Jade has been long associated with long life and good health in Chinese  culture, making it a prized material for good-luck charms.

In Hong Kong, the jade business is most active at the Jade Market in Kowloon.  While there’s been a lot of redevelopment in the area in recent years, some  vestiges of its past have been saved, such as the colonial-era police station!  The most common items to be poked through are  jade accessories, including rings, bangles, pendants and earrings, but expect to  come across some more unusual finds as well.

See: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ for more information on the Jade market area.

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