Flower and Bird Market

Flower and Bird Market
Located on Yongdao Street of Kunming downtown area, the Flower and Bird Market was originally the site selling flowers, birds, pets, insects and goldfishes to the locals. As business prospered, it has begun to attract more and more visitors, and has gradually developed into an enchanting shopping and sightseeing center with a true local flavor. A multitude of shops and stores stand along the long and narrow street displaying a huge variety of flowers, various kinds of rare plants and different seeds and fertilizers. Bonsai, tree-root carvings and woodcarvings are also available. Apart from these, ornamental birds, various kinds of bird food, birdcages and other equipment, tropical fishes, goldfish and red carp, fish tanks and fishing tackle can also be found here.

The market also acts as a trading center for various kinds of antiques, including jade objects, ink slabs, ancient coins, porcelain, agates and other handicrafts. Teahouses and shops selling interesting delicacies, such as sweet wine, fried spiral shells, braised bean curd and others are dotted in the market, forming a great convenient shopping environment to visitors. You also can buy many kinds of souvenirs.  A popular Yunan souvenir is a water pipe used to smoke tobacco. These metal or wood pipes come in different sizes and styles. This market is a great place to get one to bring home. But be prepared to bargain since most of the prices here are at least double the actual price.