China: Traditional flower markets withering away

Spring Festival invariably evokes old traditions and customs that make China’s most important holiday personal and precious. Think flowers.

In the run-up to the Lunar New Year, crowds of people flock to flower markets to buy plants and blooms as gifts and home décor. One of the most popular venues is the Qinqing flower market.

The market on Qinzhou Road in Xuhui District has been operating for almost two decades. Its stalls are filled with the holly, lilies, wintersweet and other colorful plants, permeating the environment with delicate floral fragrances. Birds in cages sing.

Popular as this market is, the Year of the Rat will usher in its demise.

According to market staff and stallholders, the market will close on February 15. A notice posted on the market gate explains that the site is a fire hazard and that its location is incompatible with urban development.

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