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Kunming Bird and Flower Market Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

Throughout China, you’ll find plenty of quirky and unique markets. One fine example is the Bird & Flower Market (花鸟市场 – huā niǎo shì chǎng) located in Kunming. Just off the major pedestrian shopping street of Zhengyi Road, you can find this maze of stalls specializing in – you guessed it – birds and flowers. That’s not all you’ll see for sale here, though: dogs, lizards, fish, porcupines, spiders, snakes, and even tarantulas are all here in what might be one of the oddest pet stores in the world. In addition to all the plants and animals, you’ll also find the usual assortment of handicrafts, knick-knacks, and even the Yunnan classic water pipers. Although much of the traditional market has been lost due to soaring real estate prices and construction, it’s still an interesting place to wander around for a while should you find yourself in the Spring City. See for yourself in this photo essay:

The market is located on a small walking street downtown.

The market is located on a small walking street downtown.

Here, you'll find plenty of birds...

Here, you’ll find plenty of birds…

...and flowers, obviously.

…and flowers, obviously.

There are also plenty of souvenirs, such as crystals and jewelry.

There are also plenty of souvenirs, such as crystals and jewelry.

An interesting place to buy a pet.

An interesting place to buy a pet.

Some of the many birds for sale.

Some of the many different pets for sale.

A pack of sleepy puppies.

A pack of sleepy puppies.

There are some very pretty plants available here.

There are some very pretty plants available here.

Close up on some of the cool plants.

Close up on some of the cool plants.

You can pick up some awesome lizards here.

You can pick up some awesome lizards here.

Looking for a cute amphibian? You've come to the right place!

Looking for a cute amphibian? You’ve come to the right place!

You can even pick up huge snakes here.

You can even pick up huge snakes here.

Scoping out a tarantula.

Scoping out a tarantula.

Multi-colored frogs?

Multi-colored frogs?

Selling flowers sure is tiring.

Selling flowers sure is tiring.

Not sure why you'd want a pet slug...

Not sure why you’d want a pet slug…

Huge water pipers - a Yunnan classic.

Huge water pipers – a Yunnan classic.

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Obama says “good good study, day day up!”

For more on Kunming, check out our recent post about 10 awesome things to do in China’s Spring City.

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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