The Jade Market game

Place a girl in a market saturated with colorful displays of beads, rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, good luck charms and cute Chinese knick knacks.

Riot of colours

Add to that a healthy dose of bargaining.

And you have all the makings of a fun-filled afternoon 🙂

Our expedition to the Jade Market in Kowloon, went something like this –

“Real jade. Very nice on you. See”

“Hmmm… How much?”

“Only for you” <350> (punched into the calculator display)

“No, no, too much”

“Tell how much you pay missy”


“Noooo, shop close! For you” <250>

“No, thank you”

“Missy come back. Say more”


“For you” <250 * .8 = 200> (all the mathematics displayed on the calculator)

“No, okay thank you”

“Missy, come come”

“Last price” <100>

“Okay take for” <150>

“No, don’t want. Thanks”

“Okay” <130>

“No” <100>

“Okayyyy. Give. You also like these? Coral”

Isn’t there an intense satisfaction in buying something for less than half the quoted price?

My Chinese curios

Even if it is all part of the shopkeepers’ little game?!

So what if you end up with things that you really don’t need (AND if you are like me, probably an awesome looking clock that doesn’t keep the right time no matter how much you wind it :-()

The clock that doesn't work

What about you? What’s the best bargain you’ve ever got? Or the most useless indulgent whimsical useless thing you’ve ended up with?

P.S. The Jade market is an indoors market, located close to Yau Ma Tei station in Hong Kong. It’s a great place to pick up some small gifts or souvenirs to take back home. Perhaps not the best destination for high quality expensive pieces, unless you really know your jade. Make sure you play the bargaining game shamelessly!