Luhe District is located about 45 km from Nanjing and is known as the modern Rain Flower stone Capital of China. There are four or five stone shops located along the main street in the heart of this district. Most of them contain very high quality Rain Flower stones along with jewelry made from these stones. Prices are relatively high for these rare stones, but the quality is also excellent. Most individual higher quality stones sell in a range from $300 to $2,000 or more. One shop has a variety of lower cost stones available for bargain hunters. Expect to pay a premium for a stone that has a figure of a person or animal or one that has a nice landscape scene. Multiple color stones are also expensive as are opals.
Feng Huang Shan Yuhuashi Guan (Phoenix Mountain Rain Flower Pebble Museum)Yan’an-lu 47
This market opened in the spring of 2013 and is located in the open courtyard of a large museum. Vendors display their stones in the courtyard. The sales area is open only on Fridays and Saturdays. This is an excellent location to purchase quality Nanjing Rain Flower Pebbles at reasonable prices. We purchased five stone here in late April, 2013.
Luhe District, near Nanjing
Phoenix Mountain Rain Flower Pebble Museum
Fantastic Stones, Flower & Plants Trade Center.
Xuzhou is a major city of 8.5 million people and a major transportation hub in northwestern Jiangsu province. The larger of two stone markets in this city is the Fantastic Stones, Flower and Plants Trade center located at Nansanhuan. There are approximately 300 stores located within this center and 60% of them are stone dealers. This is another important sales area for purchasing various types of Lingbi stones and other stones from northern Jiangsu province.
We found many nice White Lingbi, Coin, and a variety of yellowish-gold color Lingbi stones here. The greatest problem we encountered here is the number of stones we wanted to buy, but sadly with no easy means to carry them back home. We travelled to Xuzhou by high speed bullet train from the Shanghai train station located next to the Hongqiao airport terminal. This is the main domestic service airport in Shanghai.
Remember that most sales are conducted on a cash basis. Some of the larger stores may accept a credit card only if it is issued by a Chinese bank