A friend and I recently went to the Guangzhou Huadiwan Fish and Aquarium Market. It’s about a 1/2 hour taxi ride away from where we live (an hour on the metro – get off at the Huadiwan station, exit C).
The circular shaped building is similar to other markets we have been in – at the tea market and the jewelry market. Inside are many booths and smaller stores – in the US, this would be an ideal layout for an antiques mall.
When I shared my adventure at the dinner table that night, I asked my family what they thought was the most interesting thing I saw at the fish market. Here are the responses:
- An Elephant (no)
- A Shark (yes, saw one but not the most interesting thing)
- A man with five golden teeth (no, but one of the children said they HAVE seen that in GZ before).
Check out the fish pictures below to see what I thought was the most interesting thing going on that day at the GZ Fish Market.
Inside the mall there are lots of stores – dried things from the sea, furniture and jade. Hmmm. Where are the fish?
The outside of the Guangzhou Fish Market at Huadiwan.
There were several shops with shells and interesting dried thingys from the sea. Conch shells with spires – cool!
Large coral pulled out of somewhere. The shop owner verified they were real for sure.
A curtain made out of an elaborate shell pattern to display a dragon and maybe a phoenix??
Dried puffer fish – all puffed up!
Winding through the circular corridors we find ourselves on the perimeter of the mall and begin to see the soothing glow of aquarium lights – and the millions of fish we hoped we would see.
The most interesting thing I saw – the lady took medium/large goldfish out of a 10 gallon bag of water. Before putting them into the tank, she clipped their teeny fishy teeth with fingernail clippers. Over and over again. Hmmmm.
Lots of fish!
Loved the fake jellyfish and anemones!
A festive sea of fake plants.
Tanks and tanks of fish. Most stands had basically the same varieties as all the other stands. There were some interior stores with fancy salt water tanks and fish, too. I wonder…who buys all these fish?
The bustling indoor/outdoor marketplace.
There were a few stands where you could buy live versions of all the aquarium plants that I have only ever seen in plastic.
Bins and bins of live/wet plants to go into your aquarium.
Bags of fish awaiting their bins, or their purchasers. Many were beautiful, large koi.
This market was full of fish and a lot of people who were very busy shuffling bags of fish all around. It’s open daily….are there really that many fish buyers in GZ? These two passersby are barking at each other trying to avoid a collision.
Beta fish numbering in the thousands – all in individual jars. Many in techno-color!
Seriously. Tons. Of. Bags. Of Fish.
Bins of fish.
You can buy your own leopard stingray for your fancy aquarium. Open your wallet – these guys were around $1000US!
Back inside, there were a few trinket shops and souvenir stores – and air conditioning!
What a great idea! You could combine your fish shopping trip with, say, a significant jade purchase, don’t you think?
If jade isn’t your favorite Chinese souvenir , perhaps a wooden statue would work for you? We loved looking at these guys!
Cool wooden carvings.