Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Bazaar of Jade and Pearls

The Jade Market in Kowloon is well known destination for visitors to Hong Kong.   This isn’t an open air market rather it is one housed in two small buildings that look like old metal warehouses.  Step inside and see row upon row of stands filled with jewels – jade made into necklaces, bracelets, earrings and small statuses.  Strands of pearls in seemingly dozens of colors hang together or are heaped on tables.   It’s a visual delight to see the colors, shapes, and abundance of choices.

It wasn’t until I walked away that I was reminded these are serious business people not just friendly people sharing lovely pieces.  A glimpse of the sign the welcome sign shown above was enough to make it clear – while this is a local market – the customers are from around the world.   The businesses in this local market welcoming their global customers.

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