Laitai Flower Market

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9 Maizidian Xi Lu

Flowers on flowers on flowers abound at this, China's largest botanical warehouse – if you can name a plant, you can probably buy it here, although don't expect to be able to bargain the already reasonable prices down. There's a selection of fish and tanks on the first floor, and a few floors of questionable paintings and driftwood abominations on the upper floors that we wouldn't bother with. Liangma Flower Market is nearby and a bit smaller, but is also a charming and sweetly-smelling way to wile away an afternoon. Yes, it's as twee as the preceding sentence to spend your time skipping down aisles of roses and cute little bonsai, but we challenge you to find a more pleasant shopping destination.

Venue name: Laitai Flower Market
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Opening hours: 9am-5.30pm Mon-Thur, 9am-6pm Fri-Sun.
English address: 9 Maizidian Xi Lu, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区麦子店西路九号