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Bird and flower Market(zhoujiazui road)

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Address: ZhouJiaZuiLu 1106Hao, Shanghai, China
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A Different Shanghai Experience

While we also heard mixed reviews about this place, we decided to visit and see for ourselves. It was a bit difficult to find and I had to ask lots of people for directions, but... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 July 2015
Marcy O
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Oakland, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I go to large cities, one of my goals is to visit both public aquariums and tropical fish stores. This location houses many types of birds in small cages, many goldfish, koi, turtles, and a few varieties of tropical fish. The selection of fish is limited but that becomes a moot point as you walk through the small stalls... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I rated this very good for the interest factor. This is the market to go to if you want to buy a cricket for fighting (gamblers can bet on the outcome of 2 crickets fighting!). They are stored in little tin cans and the prospective buyer can tickle the crickets with a thin fine stick to see if they "fight... More 

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London, UK
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

As the nearby Dongtai Road market is now closed we popped over the road to what sounded like a quaint Chinese market, but were appalled at the animal cruelty on display. There were hundreds of fish crammed into small tanks, birds in cages not much bigger than themselves, insects in jars, and other wretched sights. My daughter left in tears,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

While we also heard mixed reviews about this place, we decided to visit and see for ourselves. It was a bit difficult to find and I had to ask lots of people for directions, but it turns out the easiest way to get there is to take exit 5 at the Laoximen metro stop. The market itself was very interesting... More 

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

When I viewed a photo of a common practice at the market-out of the view of the marketplace-I was appalled at the cruelty inflicted upon the dog being skinned alive, as well as the other caged dogs-who will be skinned-forced to watch. The beauty of the marketplace does not make up for the atrocities visited upon the innocent lives of... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

when it comes to animal cruelty this market comes on high rank! Dogs get skinned alive in front of visitors and other dogs which are cramped in tiny spaces. They slite snakes and let them suffer horrendous death, they cut frogs in half while they are alive. They are not humans! Never will go there again, whoever does will contribute... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

While this market may seem sweet and lovely, deep down there is a darker side. Dogs being skinned alive for meat consumption by people. These poor dogs are brutally hung up and skinned alive while other dogs watch on, awaiting the same fate. I wouldn't go to this place if you paid me.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2015

We had read mixed reviews about the markets, but decided to give it a go. It was really worth it. You can buy plants, bonsais, birds, goldfish, crickets, frogs, turtles, dogs, cats. The animals were caged but I did not see any that were over crowded or maltreated. There are also lots of sellers of quality beads and jewellery of... More 

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Zama, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

Tons of crickets, birds, turtles, fish, and plants all under one roof! Bettors shout over fighting crickets and birds drink water out of tiny blue & white ceramic pots. It took all my will power not to free all the caged birds. Some unusual birds but couldn't add to my list since in captivity. We've heard rumors it will be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

The majority of the stalls we visited were of cricket vendors with a few bird vendors, 3 stalls with turtles, and 2 stalls selling kittens. I did not see any puppies. The kittens did not appear emaciated. Although the kittens and turtles would have been afforded more space at an American Petco, the market is located in China. We felt... More 

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History oozes out of every fiber of the city, but Hongkou is a particularly notable neighborhood. Shanghai was a safe haven for about 20,000 Jews during the Second World War, and traces of this heritage can still be found in buildings and park monuments. Historic foreign relations aside, this neighborhood throws you into traditional Shanghainese life without taking you too far away from the city center. Some of the city’s best-preserved, ancient longtangs (laneway communities) and shikumen (Shanghainese lanehouses) are still in use as actual residences here. If you like to be surrounded by local faces, Hongkou is a great area to spend your time in. The football stadium, Duolun Lu and the North Bund area await should you need some entertainment.
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