Spring is finally here and with it comes the urge to watch greenery grow. What better time than now to check out some of Shanghai’s best Bird & Flower markets? We’ve checked out several around Shanghai that are relatively easy to get to from city center – greenify your life today!
Caojiadu Bird & Flower Market
1148 Changshou Lu near Wanhangdu Lu (长寿路1148号)
Spanning four glorious floors of foilage, the Caojiadu Bird & Flower Market boasts that it’s one of the biggest in all of China. We have no way of verifying that, but it certainly was huge. You can find just about anything related to making a home garden in there – from giant palm fronds to a variety of herb plants to gorgeous orchids to endangered parrots.
Wait, what? Yes, we saw several Green-winged Macaws and what looked like a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo sitting in one of the alleyways. Both are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Since we have no idea how the pet store got these, we can’t say he did it illegally – but he was extremely nervous about us taking pictures, waving us away before he realized we’d already snapped one.
If you’re looking for slightly less controversial lifeforms to add to your house, they also – like many other bird & flower markets – have a selection of other bird species, fish, turtles, gerbils and rabbits. There’s also all you would ever need to buy to make them comfortable in your home. And as we said, the plants are aplenty. We ended up leaving with four pots of herbs for 40rmb altogether. Two weeks on, they’re doing great.
Closest subway is the Longde Lu stop on Line 11, but you’ll have to cross the river to get back. A better bet is to try to get a bus to any stop labeled “Caojiadu” – we know the 45 line crosses through Luwan and the French Concession to get there.