Jade Market – Hong Kong

IMG_24401One of the most memoral things we did in Hong Kong was visit the Jade Market, it was quite the experience! This market is a little different from the others because it’s indoors, but like the others most of the vendors sell the same items. As soon as you walk in you are basically attacked by people asking you – what you like, what you’re looking for, how much you can spend, etc; it was incredibly overwhelming. We walked in a circle bowing and trying to politely decline everything they were trying to sell us. To be honest we almost ran out of there…

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I stopped to look at some earrings and the lady (who was still being pushy) started showing me the differences between real jade and fake jade. When seen under a light the color of real jade will be enhanced while fake jade looks blurry, but fun fact they also sound differently, real jade sounds deeper while fake jade sounds like plastic beads. I really liked her unique technique of keeping me interested in her items and i picked out a studded pair of earrings for me. My friends, who had kept walking, joined me and i ended up buying five pairs of earrings (because christmas gifts)!

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^^ I regret not buying that fun wooden carved knife for G ^^
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*Jade Market Tip* I thought i got a pretty good deal and i did, compared to what i would’ve paid for Jade elsewhere. But after arriving in Okinawa and speaking to someone from Hong Kong i was told that you’re supposed to haggle the price to half of what they offer!! If they act like they can’t go that low, walk away, they will probably follow you and cave.

IMG_24501 IMG_245111^^ These porcelain looking white/blue ones were one of my favorites! ^^IMG_24521 IMG_245911

After spending some time on that one table we felt a little more comfortable and were able to walk around a bit more. We all bought something, but later wished we would’ve spent more time shopping around; if only it wasn’t so intimidating and uncomfortable.

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • We never went to this market when we visited HK! Looks super cute and colorful! Interesting about the difference between the real/fake jade!

  • Ashley H

    I also heard that real jade is always cool to the touch. I don’t know how true that it but I’m excited I now know three ways lol.

  • I loved the jade market but somehow did not end up with any photos! so it was great to relive from your perspective. also wanted to pop in and say the rebrand looks amazing! total heart-eye emoji 🙂