By Bo Hershey
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!
Hong Hang Bird & Flower Market
Hongqiao Lu 2374 (near the Shanghai Zoo) 虹桥路2374号(近动物园)
Hong Hang Flower Market (虹航花鸟市场) has over a dozen venders selling various kinds of flowers. The market is broken into essentially four sections: outdoor flowers, indoor plants, cut flowers and handcrafts.
Many plants don’t have sticker prices, but all of the vendors are friendly when you speak to them so don’t be afraid to ask how much a certain plant is. But two vendors over you might find out that the same plant might be 20 RMB or cheaper, so don’t buy your flowers or plants at the first place you visit. Explore the market you might find something new or better.The bulk of the market is mostly indoor plants, though they have outdoor plants in the parking lot area.
Even though, the main theme of the market is flowers there are other kinds of vendors in the complex. When walking around you will find an art gallery, an antique store and a dozen handcraft shops. Unlike the flower shops, there is no real room to bargain here – most have prices clearly labeled. Even so, the shops are a fun place to browse after flower shopping.
Get on Metro Line 10 to Shanghai Zoo. Take Exit 4. The Shanghai Zoo entrance is nearby. When outside, take a left onto Hongqiao Lu. Stay on the left side of the road. The walk should be no more than five minutes. The entrance to the flower market is 718. It’s next to Huntington Terrace Apartment Complex.