Looking for an instant and low-budget way of perking up your flat, while at the same time improving the indoor air quality? Or are you wondering where to pick up a bouquet of flowers for the upcoming Valentine’s Day? Then flowers are your answer! Some plants are known for their ability to produce oxygen and can eliminate nasty gases such as formaldehyde. Ivy, cactuses, chrysanthemum, lilies, and roses, are all good contributions to a healthy home. Although not all plants come cheap, this article guides you through the city’s most popular flower markets – known for being a lot cheaper than individual florists.
1) Lingnan Flower MarketView In Map
Currently the biggest flower market in Guangdong Province, Lingnan Flower Market (岭南花卉市场) covers a space of over 40,000 square metres and features over 438 shops and over 1,900 flower stalls. The market is divided into different sections for easier navigation, and includes a rose area, a chrysanthemum area and a gladiolus area among others. A word of warning however: due to the popularity of this flower market it’s often pretty packed so make sure you mentally prepare for the crowds before you arrive (and be on the watch for pick-pockets at all times).
A fragrant lily will set you back around 10 RMB a piece at a typical flower shop, though here you can buy a bunch of 10 for just 50 RMB. This is just one of the many justifications as to why so many people brave the crowds and browse for bargains at this market.
Add: 57 Fangxing Lu (near the bus station), Liwan District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 8158 8443
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:30
Getting there: Take metro line 5 to Jiaokou Station, walk 110 meters to the north entrance
2) Guangzhou Flower Expo ParkView In Map
Located in the southwestern part of the Fangcun area, this large expo park is divided into three main sections: the flower exhibition area, the research area and the ecological tourist area. Open since 2003, this is Asia’s largest flower park with an area of nearly 30,000 square meters and over 500 flower stalls. In addition to the countless different species of flower on offer, you can also pick up various handy gardening tools.
Add: Longxi Zhong Lu, Liwan District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 8141 8245
Opening hours: 8:30-17:30
Getting there: Take bus to Guangzhou Flower Expo Park Station
3) Huadiwan Wholesale Flower MarketView In Map
After getting off from Huadiwan Metro Station (花地湾地铁站) you’ll see the Huadiwan Wholesale Flower Market (花地湾花鸟鱼虫批发市场). The first area of the project covers a wide space of over 25,000 square meters, which houses over 600 stalls selling everything from flowers, pets, water equipment and gardening tools. If you want to explore the whole area, then make sure you put aside a good two days to take it all in. The second area of the market – which spans another 27,000 square meters – is currently under construction and will feature high-end furniture, marine life, dry flowers, as well as an arts and crafts area for anyone feeling creative.
Add: 271 Huadiwan Xique Lu, Liwan District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020 8152 9230
Opening hours: 9:00-18:00
Getting there: Take metro line 1 to Huadiwan Station
4) Huadu Flower MarketView In Map
Opened in 2011, Huadu Flower Market (花都花卉市场) is one of the big flower trade centers in Southern China. Attractions in the area include a seeding section and an exhibition hall stocked with a huge selection of flowers. Flowers on offer include chrysanthemums and blossoms, all of which are carefully cultivated in greenhouses.
Add: Furong Dadao, Huadu District, Guangzhou
Getting there: Take bus numbers 86, 23, 63, or 86 to Huahuishichang Station
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