Hunting Down Flowers and Plants in Shanghai’s Urban Jungle

Hunting Down Flowers and Plants in Shanghai’s Urban Jungle

Shanghai may well be an urban jungle, but locating actual foliage, blossoms and greenery to spruce up your apartment can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, houseplants can have numerous health benefits as well. They can help to improve the quality of air in your home environment, they have a positive effect on feelings of well being and on over all mental health, and some studies have even shown that they may actually make you smarter.

So if you’re in need of something to alleviate Shanghai’s concrete monotony, or if you’re desperate for an IQ boost, then some plants and flowers in your apartment may be just what you need! Here’s where you can get them …

1) Flower Markets
Shanghai has a number of flower markets, some bigger, and some better than others. Located in Jing An, the Cao Jia Du Plant, Flower & Bird Market features three floors of vendor’s stalls supplying you with all things horticultural, and if you’re so inclined, can also accommodate any avian or aquatic needs you may have.

The first floor has got one of the city’s largest ranges of flowers and plants, in addition to a pretty wide range of plant pots to match your furniture. It’s also home to the bird-section of the market where you can find legal, and not so legal, avian and aquatic life as well as all the necessaries with which to house and feed them. For those of you who appreciate the sight of plants, but can’t be bothered caring for them, the market’s second floor has a wide selection of classy, and an even wider selection of un-classy, maintenance-free fake flowers and plants for you to peruse. The third floor has all the accessories that any green-fingered garden enthusiast might need, plus a range of items they probably wouldn’t.

The Hongqiao Bird & Flower Market is another sizeable flower emporium, and along with a massive selection of flowers and plants, you can also find furniture, home decorations, pottery items, along with birds of course. Although smaller, the Yongjia Flower Market provides a good range of verdure in a downtown location.

Cao Jia Du Plant, Flower & Bird MarketView In Map
Add: 1148 Changshou Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市普陀区万航渡后路59号(曹家渡花鸟市场旁边)
Opening hours: Daily, 05:00-18:00

Hongqiao Bird & Flower Market View In Map
Add: 718 Hongjing Lu, near Hongsong Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海闵行区虹井路红松路虹桥花鸟市场
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-18:00

Yongjia Flower MarketView In Map
Add: 406 Shaanxi Nanlu, near Yongjia Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市陕西南路近永嘉路
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-18:00

2) Flower Stores
If mixing it up in the markets doesn’t appeal to you then there are other options available. There are of course numerous local flower and plant stores dotted throughout the city, which can provide you with a limited selection of pot plants as well as fresh cut flowers and flower arrangements.

However, if Chinese style flower arrangements aren’t what you’re looking for, then there are a number of florists that provide Western-style arrangements, albeit at slightly higher prices. In addition to offering high quality, custom-made flower arrangements with free delivery, Secret Garden also has classes on flower arrangement for you to learn how to do it yourself. If you really want to go all-out, then international chain Au Nom de la Rose may be worth checking out; as their name implies, they focus exclusively on roses, providing high-end bouquets and arrangements.

Secret Garden Florist View In Map
Add: 33 Wanhangdu Hou Lu, near Changshou Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海普陀长寿路花鸟鱼虫宠物市场
Tel: 021 7151 0277
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-18:00

Au Nom de la Rose View In Map
Add: 122 Jianguo Xilu, near Shanxi Nanlu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6437 2784
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-20:00

3) Flower Delivery
If you’re on the hunt for the Chinese equivalent of Interflora, in order to send a bouquet or flower arrangement to that special person on that special occasion, then Flowers of China (link: which delivers across the country, or Flowers Plus Gifts (link: which delivers to Shanghai and Beijing, may be worth a visit. 

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