Jade Mar­ket

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Ap­pro­pri­ately enough for a ma­jor com­mer­cial city, Can­ton’s spe­cialty mar­kets are des­ti­na­tions in them­selves – yet of­ten over­looked by for­eign visi­tors. One sight which ri­vals the city’s whole­sale tea mar­ket – it­self truly a must-see – is Chang Shou Road’s jade mar­ket.

Fa­mous all over the coun­try, this mar­ket of­fers items rang­ing from cheap soapstone and im­i­ta­tion jades, to ex­ten­sively worked heir­loom trea­sures. Plenty of de­light­ful ob­jects can be ob­tained in the in­ter­me­di­ate price range. Even av­er­age qual­ity is high.

Jade and cu­rio traders come from all over the coun­try to stock up here. Orig­i­nal and re­pro­duc­tion an­tique fur­ni­ture can also be found in this area; ex­pect to pay more, but prices are rea­son­able for this qual­ity.

Nearby, 19th cen­tury lanes con­tain nar­row-fronted, highly or­na­mented court­yard houses. A swift peek in­side their gates of­fers a lin­ger­ing glimpse of what most of back street Can­ton looked like be­fore the city’s trans­for­ma­tion be­gan in the 1930s. Lanes were gated at the en­trance, and an en­tire ur­ban-vil­lage world was con­tained within these nar­row precincts. Ex­cel­lent restora­tion work is on­go­ing around here as well.

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