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!
Wansheng Bird & Flower Market
417 Xizang Nan Lu, near Fangbangzhong Lu (万商花鸟市场, 417号西藏南路，近方浜中路）
Its name say it’s a “bird and flower market” but a more apt description would be something like the Chinese market bazaar version of Pets World. It does have flowers and plants for sale but only a few stores. We like to think of this place as a one stop shop for all your pet-buying needs.
The range of animals here was simply astounding–it’s way better than forking out cash to go to the miserable Shanghai Zoo, that’s for sure. They had crickets (lined up singularly in boxes and chirping loudly), swarms of fish, rabbits, kittens, dogs, birds in a variety of stunning colors and sizes, hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas, turtles, frogs or if you’d rather, tadpoles, what we think to be salamanders and even boxes of live slithering worms as feed for the aves.
As with any situation in China involving animals, the treatment is iffy at best. (With the exception of the chinchillas. Their high price tags ranging from 2500-4000RMB made sure the shop owner kept their cages clean and relatively spacious.) The way some of the animals are caged may make you feel uncomfortable, but if you can handle that this is a marketplace not to be missed.
For every type of animal on sale, there was a conveniently broad range in prices. If you wanted a rabbit, you could get one for 20RMB but you could also go more upmarket and get a lop-eared imported breed for 200+RMB. The same went for birds: a species found locally in Shanghai went for approximately 30RMB while more exotic ones cost up to 500RMB and upwards. One kuai can get you a pet cricket (to snare some good luck) or a tiny fish or two.
They’ve got the accessories part covered too. How about an elaborate colorful castle and some fake coral for your newly bought goldfish? Got it. A scratch post? Yep. A larger, sturdier cage? Also got it. The shops specializing in all different sorts of animal feeds were especially cool. You can pause in the midst of the squawking and rustling and watch shopkeepers prepare different types of gruel on the spot.
To get to this market, ride the metro to Laoximen station on Line 10 and take the exit for Xizang Nan Lu. Head north on that street for 5 minutes and you’re there.