Yunnan has more than 15,300 acres of fresh cut flowers with an output of more than 4.1 billion stems per year. Roses, lilies and carnations make up about 11,800 acres of the total with more than 2 billion stems per year.
Located on Yongdao Street of Kunming downtown area, the Kunming Flower and Bird Market was originally the site for selling flowers, birds, pets, insects and goldfish.
As business prospered and attracted more and more visitors, various tour operators began to bring tour groups to visit the market, and it gradually developed into an enchanting shopping and sightseeing center with a true local flavor.
A multitude of shops and stores stand along the long and narrow street, displaying a huge variety of flowers, various kinds of rare plants and different seeds and fertilizers. Bonsai, tree-root carvings and woodcarvings are also available. Apart from these, ornamental birds, various kinds of bird food, birdcages and other equipment, tropical fishes, goldfish and red carp, fish tanks and fishing tackle can also be found here.
The market also acts as a trading center for various kinds of antiques, including jade objects, ink slabs, ancient coins, porcelain, agates and other handicrafts. Teahouses and shops selling interesting delicacies, such as sweet wine, fried spiral shells, braised bean curd and others are dotted in the market, forming a great convenient shopping environment to visitors.