Bye bye, birdie!

Cao­jiadu Bird and Flower Mar­ket, Shang­hai’s largest, to close

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - Page Editor: duqiong­fang@glob­al­

It might be some peo­ple's dream to live some­where sur­rounded by flow­ers and birds, with their fra­grance and song greet­ing you every morn­ing when you open your win­dow. How­ever, this dream can also night­mare, just as it has been for res­i­dents near the Cao­jiadu Bird and Flower Mar­ket.

Lo­cated at the tri-bor­der neigh­bor­hood of Pu­tuo, Jing’an and Xuhui districts, the mar­ket is the city’s largest and most ac­ces­si­ble bird and flower mar­ket since its open­ing in 2006. Lo­cals swarm the es­tab­lish­ment daily to pur­chase all va­ri­eties of flow­ers priced at only one-third of what com­mer­cial florists charge.

Be­sides the af­ford­able prices, con­ve­nient public trans­porta­tion near the mar­ket has also at­tracted throngs of cus­tomers and whole­sale mer­chants over the years. It takes only a 10-minute walk from metro lines 11 or 13.

How­ever, nearby res­i­dents have long been dis­turbed by the early-morn­ing noises of nearly 400 ven­dors bustling in­side the three-storey in­door mar­ket. Il­le­gal con­struc­tions and blocked fire ex­its have also been prob­lem­atic for au­thor­i­ties, who have re­ported dis­cov­er­ing large quan­ti­ties of flammable and ex­plo­sive items in­side.

Ac­cord­ing to Pu­tuo district govern­ment, the mar­ket is clos­ing in the sec­ond half of this year. All ven­dors will have to move out by the end of this year. In the fu­ture, the space will be in­te­grated into the over­all re­de­vel­op­ment plan of the Cao­jiadu area.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said that the mar­ket’s op­er­a­tion and man­age­ment com­pany are seek­ing a new lo­ca­tion for the mar­ket and its many ven­dors.

Photo: an Hui/GT

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Photos: Yang Hui/GT

The Cao­jiadu Bird and Flower Mar­ket is clos­ing in the sec­ond half of this year, with all ven­dors or­dered to move out by the end of this year.

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