Markets in China
There are several million people directly or indirectly involved with the hobby of stone collecting in China. As a result, sizeable marketplaces have developed in many of China’s larger cities where people can go to view stones and purchase them. Local governments, especially in the rural interior provinces of China are promoting stone markets as a method of job creation. These efforts are being encouraged by the View Stone Association of China, an arm of the Ministry of Land and Resources.
While every attempt will be made to keep the list of stone markets up to date, please remember that situations change regularly and older stone market sometimes close and newer, relocated markets open. A stone market site today may be the location of a high-rise building tomorrow.
Large stone markets are good places for collectors to see the wide range of stones available. The prices of stones are not government regulated. Instead, they are determined by the prevailing market- whatever a buyer is willing to pay for a stone.
There are over 69 major stone markets in China and many other smaller markets or individual stones in cities throughout the country. The approximate number of major markets in some of the major cities is shown below. Individual markets will be featured on this web site periodically. This is for information only and does not imply a recommendation by this web site of one market or store over another.
Place your cursor over the name of a province or a municipality, on the map or on the list on the left, to see stone museums there. Additional museums will be added regularly, both existing museums and those currently under construction.