The Jade Market is the place to go in Taichung to buy traditional Chinese gifts like tea and teapots, religious sculptures, caligraphy scrolls, paintings, and yes, you guessed it – jade products!
One of the main complains people have about Taichung’s Jade Market is how far it is from the downtown core. It’s inconveniently located in Nantun District, in a pretty uninspiring part of the city, by a McDonald, luxury car dealers, and the highway.
Most tourists who visit the Jade Market will usually take side trips to other attractions in the Nantun area, such as the highly popular Rainbow Village, and Wanhe Temple.
Prices can be a little unreasonable for some items like religious sculptures and jade bracelets. The best thing to do is walk around and ask about prices at different stands to get an idea of what a fair price might be for a certain object. You should definitely cut the price by at least 10 to 20%, especially if you buy more than one item.
One of my favorite shops at the Taichung Jade Market is not Taiwanese or Chinese. There is one shop that specializes in Nepali arts, such as Thangka, handcrafted souvenirs made of copper, bronze, and brass, incense, jewellery, pashmina, singing bowls, khukuri, Nepali clothes…
The Jade Market is open from 9:30am to 19:00, and it is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
No. 957號, Section 2, Wuquan West Road, Nantun District, Taichung City