Situated in the center of Kunming City on Yongdao Street, Bird and Flower Market is the biggest and oldest bazaar in Kunming, which is home to many cultural relics and roughly 700 ornamented stores selling various birds, flowers, and snacks. The market is a prime location to get a sense of how daily life in Kunming.
With distinctive features, the bird and flower market on Jingxing Street in the Wuhua District is a great getaway to witness daily life in southwestern China. On the half-kilometer long street, bustling and boisterous shops line both sides. Flowers, plants, and domesticated animals are all available for sale in the market. The market was originally focused on selling birds and flowers and has been a big hit among tourists and locals since it opened in 1983. Since it is a favorite stop among many foreign visitors, the market slowly developed into a popular sightseeing spot.
The market is now focused on flowers, birds, jewelry, antiques, and so on. Flower varieties include orchid, camellia, cuckoo, narcissus, roses, and begonia and many others. Birds for sale include thrushes, conures, parrots, mynas, and many more. Precious antiques can be found as well such as snuff bottles, water pipes, jade cigarette holders, jade pendants, and so on. Ancient coins both domestic and foreign are also available in this market. With its diverse commodities and distinctive atmosphere, the market consistently draws countless visitors each year.
The neighborhood itself is also a historic site unto itself, with buildings dating back several hundred years. The market is quite close to the Greater China Entertainment Film Theater and the Yunnan Art Theater.
Best time to visit: year-round
Price of admission: free
Hours of operation: 9:00 – 18:00
How to get there: Take bus number 54, 69, 98, and exit at Shenglitang Station
Take bus number 5 and 84 and exit at Nanpingjie Station