Jingxing Flowers and Birds Market & The Sixth Jia Village
Jingxing Flowers and Birds Market
Jingxing Street, about 400m long, stretches from Zhengyi Road in the east to Wuyi Road in the west. It was once called Liangdao Street — named after the grain station located in the street during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Afterwards, it was said that propitious stars (Chinese pinyin: jing xing) appeared in the sky on September 9, 1911 (Double Ninth Uprising of Yunnan). Liangdao Street was therefore renamed as Jingxing Street.
Jingxing Flowers and Birds Market are lined with tall luxuriant phoenix trees, providing cooling shades in spring and summer. Behind the market are old wooden Kunming dwellings. Jingxing Street is beyond doubt an epitome of authentic Kunming lifestyle of old days. Especially on the weekends, visitors will have a chance to witness a large variety of fragrant flowers, twittering birds, fish and insects. Jingxing Flowers and Birds Market is full of children who are amused at the fish in Pet fish stores, old-timers walking with their birdcages leisurely and street vendors selling snacks with their trolleys.
The Flowers and Birds Market began with sellers of flowers, birds, fish and insects. As the business thrived, the range of products has been expanded to jewellery, handiworks, antiques, ancient coins, etc.
The Sixth Jia Village
“Jia” was a name of administrative division unit in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) as well as a household registration administrative system in the past. A number of families made up a “Jia” and a number of “Jias” composed a “Bao”. A head was appointed for each “Bao” and “Jia”. “Jia” is still in use today but means “village”.
There are the First Jia, Second Jia, Third Jia, Fourth Jia, Fifth Jia, Sixth Jia, Seventh Jia and Ninth Jia in Guandu District, Kunming. The Sixth Jia is a village in the southern suburbs of Kunming — a belt-like small plain along the downstream of Baoxiang River.
Painter Li Kunwu reminisced the winding roads in the Sixth Jia Village were stone-paved, stretching out in all directions. Most of the dwellings in the village were tile-roofed houses whose courtyards were planted with flowers and grass and whose paling fences perfectly matched stone-pave roads and gray tiles.
Li Kunwu was born in Kunming, Yunnan Province, and he is now the standing director of the China News Cartoon Society, and director of the Yunnan Artists Association. In 2010, Li’s cartoon A Chinese Life was nominated for the top award at Angoulême International Comics Festival (France). This award is consider as the “Oscar Award” in the comics world. In the same year, A Chinese Life won the gold award at the “Historical Meeting” International Manga Award. And Li became the first Asian cartoonist to win this award.