Our guide said she'd never been asked to take a tourist to the Jade Market, but she was more than willing. Entrance fee was $1 for foreigners which was small indeed for the excitement of seeing what goes on during the trading. I wanted to see if the Chinese had really taken over the market as I'd read before traveling to Myanmar. Our guide quietly pointed out the different groups of traders, but honestly I couldn't discern the subtle differences. It was fun to see different colors of jade sitting out where buyers were wanting to complete a necklace or bracelet with just the right stones. Local foods were for sale. We appeared to be the only western tourists, but didn't feel too out of place because the transactions were serious business. It's not a shopping destination. Trading, the main activity, is in high gear until noon when it all closes up tight until the next day. No, we didn't buy anything. Jade is on the sanction list for Americans. It would have been fun to have brought home one small souvenir.
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