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!
Changhua Bird & Flower Market
456 Changhua Lu, near Kangding Lu (昌化路花鸟市场, no. 昌化路, jin康定路)
The Changhua Bird and Flower Market is nestled in what feels like real, old-school China in the Jing’an district. This outdoor market is small, but it certainly packs a punch.
The Changhua market has a real focus on plants and trees, with a speciality in Bonsai trees. There are literally hundreds of them, ranging from two meter tall giants, to tiny bushes. The plants on offer are a little more mundane, although there is a stall entirely devoted to a bizarre array of Cacti. There are also stalls to buy plant food, watering cans as well pots, spades, pesticides – anything that would make a plant happy.
Bonsai trees start from 300rmb for the smallest. The biggest we could find cost a whopping 30,000rmb. On the cheaper side, Cacti can be picked up as little as 3 for 10 kuai and White Orchids can be gotten for 70 kuai and come in pots. We were assured by the woman that it would flower forever.
The array of animals is sadly not as amazing as other markets but there is still a lot to be found. Fish, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chicks, chickens, tadpoles and birds. It should be noted that there is a distinct lack of reptiles. An animal’s needs can also be met here as there are stalls selling pet accessories and there’s even an animal grooming parlour. 20 kuai will get a small dog cleaned and preened and the larger dog costs 30 kuai. Rabbits cost 30 kuai for a standard breed and 300 kuai for an imported species. Birds start at around 70 kuai, ranging all the way up to 700 plus.
The greatest draw of this market is the people who work here. Everyone was really friendly and there was no pushiness at all. Everyone was more than happy to pose for a photo or two and the lack of crowd here gives a real chance to interact with the stall owners and get some pretty cool pictures. Definitely worth a visit if you have the time and the surrounding area, especially since it’s close to the nightlife and restaurants of Kangding Lu.
To get here take metro line 7 to Changping lu. head out exit 5 and walk up Changping lu so the numbers go down. Walk for about 10 minutes until you hit Changhua lu, then take a right and keep walking for about 5 minutes and the gate is on the right hand side.