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Jade Market

At the beginning of the 60s, there were less than 10 Jade trading shops in HK, but then with rapid development, the number grew to more than 100. Most of the shops were located along Jordan Road and Saigon Street. In 1984, HK government urban department assigned a piece of land on Kansu Street to house all the Jade traders. 34 years later, the once thriving Yau Ma Tai Jade market is now scheduled to be relocated again at the beginning of 2020. In the old days, the market traders would make individual pieces out of carvings and polishing Jade. If you have a good eye, you can often spot a gem. On a rainy day, I visited one of the stall owners, my good friend, Purple, hard working, resilient, she has single handedly built a business for herself, and along the way she has managed to support a whole family. I also met Mrs Choi, Ah Chao, Uncle Chan, a 77 years old stall owner and 81 years old Uncle Chiu Chow. They each have stories to tell and have witnessed all the comings and goings in the market. Our Jade market is not just for overseas tourists, it's time for us to rediscover this place.




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