Shanghai is a vibrant, exciting, rapidly growing city on the eastern coast of China and is the largest city in China and the world. There are so many wonderful sites to see, events to attend, and museums to visit that it can be hard to choose. If you are interested in stones and want to shop for a high quality one, you have several choices. Two of the larger stone markets in this bustling metropolitan area are featured below. We have visited and purchased stones at both of these markets on several occasions.
The Shanghai Hu Tai Road Flower, Bird, and Unique Stone Market
1012 Hu Tai Road
This market first opened for business on September 28, 2001. As you first walk down Hu Tai Road, a narrow street, you begin to notice some smaller stone shops, but soon, the area opens and stone shops are everywhere. There are 13,000 square meters of shop space in this large market area. Here you can buy small stones that fit in your hand or huge ones weighing several tons. Since Shanghai is a major cosmopolitan center in China, stones come into this market from all regions of China and from other countries. The stone market serves as a wonderful means of seeing a wide range of stones, over 200 different types.
The shops range from small operations to high end boutique shops with expensive but exceptional quality stones. In addition to stones, this is the place to come for the various accessories associated with stones including display tables. This is also the place where skilled wood carvers can be found to make beautiful hand carved bases for stones.
Allow at least a one-half day visit if you are serious about purchasing a stone. We like to stroll through the shops once inquiring about stones and their prices, before going back and starting serious negotiations for the purchase of a stone.
Interior of stone shop
Hu Tai Road Flower, Bird, and Unique Stone Market