A pet is the best bet

By Gan Tian (Beijing Today)
Updated: 2008-04-29 10:30

Most people choose a dog or a cat as a pet, but what if you want a lizard? Or a spider? If you are wondering where to get one, try the Guanyuan Pets Market. Though it is not an officially authorized pet market, it still has a good reputation among animal-lovers. Here gives some suggestions on finding the most exciting pets at this market.

Follow the birdcages

Guanyuan Pets Market is located between the Fuchengmen and Chegongzhuang Subway Stations on the loop line. It is somewhat difficult to find the market's exact address, as some vendors just gather in the street and do business there casually. The best way to get there is to get off at Fuchengmen station and take the north exit. Walk about 100 meters and you will see, on the east side of the road, some old men walking with birdcages. Follow them and you will find the market at the end of the street.

Buses numbered 44, 618, 702, 21 and 604 will also take you there. Get off at Fuchengmen Bei station.

If traveling by taxi, tell the cab driver you want to go to the Guanyuan Market or niaoshi and show him a picture. Good luck.

You can check out the place between 6 am and 7 pm at your convenience. It closes earlier in winter at around 5 pm.

Leave the camera at home!

**Bokononist, a US netizen, visited the market several years ago and had some important advice for visitors.

Don't take pictures at this market, no matter how fantastic the sights are. When I snapped a picture without a flash and was spotted, I was screamed at by everyone in the vicinity. You will already stand out as a foreigner, so do not draw any extra attention to yourself by snapping photos. That made them really angry.

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