Lingnan Flower Market 岭南花卉市场
Address: 57 FangXingLu ( near JiaoKou metro station ), Guangzhou, China 芳兴路57号(近窖口汽车客运站)
I haven’t added to this blog in so long, as I didn’t really have a focus. Over the past few weeks I have been getting into keeping houseplants in an effort to bring some nature into my home.
I say houseplants, but after reading various guides for the plants I’ve been picking up, the biggest issue seems to be providing adequate light, heat and humidity. Living in subtropical South China means I have the ideal conditions right on my balcony.
This morning I dropped by Lingnan flower market on my way into Guangzhou.
Getting there is easy. Hop on the metro and head to JiaoKou Station, which is at the end of line 5.
Once out the exit, turn right and walk along the overpass.
At the end of the overpass, head down the stairs to the left.
Turn right at the end of this building. After about fifty metres, the pedestrian crossing on your left will take you to the entrance of the flower market.
Once you walk under this sign, ignore the roads to the left and right – keep going straight and you’ll soon find yourself walking into a huge covered market full of flowers!
The scale of this place is just incredible. There are thousands upon thousands of plants and flowers on sale, from small succulents to huge ferns and trees.
It quickly became apparent that the most ubiquitous plant on offer here is the Pachira Aquatica aka Chinese money tree.
There were dozens of shops just like this. Given the symbolic meaning associated with this plant, they are incredibly popular with the Chinese Market. It’s common to see a pair of these framing the doorways of restaurants and businesses here in South China, as they are said to bring wealth and fortune to the proprietor.
Dozens of little paths leading away from the hangar seemed to lead to even more shops, though we didn’t have time to explore them all. The vast quantity of stock results in competition between sellers, which in turn means these large plants can be bought for as little as 100 rmb (15 USD) much to Vivi’s surprise:
Many shops seem to specialise in one plant, be it lilies, succulents, or larger species such as Monstera.
This shop specialised in Pothos, selling them at 10 rmb for three hanging plants. That’s about 30p or 50 cents a plant.
The low prices didn’t end here. I incorrectly assumed that the less commonly displayed varieties would be a lot more expensive, yet I was able to pick up these two carnivorous plants (nepenthe and sarracenia) for 15 rmb each. That’s about $2.
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking, especially as I’d struggle identify all the different species for sale here!
f you want to follow my balcony’s progress as I inevitably start to crowd it with purchases from this market – check out my Instagram @guangjungle