Just a five-minute walk from central Chengdu's corporate city life is a quiet pet market on Xinkai Jie (新开街).
The 250m stretch of shops offers a limited variety of birds, freshwater fish, water flowers, aquariums, and a handful of saltwater fish varieties.
"Designer" pets, like chemically dyed neon frogs and parrot fish with lasered-on "tattoos" of Chinese characters and other designs, are also for sale here, although the miniature turtles in sealed key chains seem to have fallen out of popularity.
At the southern tip of Xinkai Jie there are several bonsai shops that stretch over to the next street, Nanfu Jie (南府街). The main market is here, in a two-story building that houses more pet fish and flower and plant shops in its back yard.
Most shops inside on the first floor specialize in turtles, but some stalls have more exotic or unusual pets on sale: a mini squid, snails, and small mammals like small pigs, squirrels, and minks.
You can also find geckos, lizards, crocodiles, snakes scorpions, tarantulas, and complementary food like worms or bags of rat embryos.
On the second floor, most shops sell cats, but a few shops sell all sorts of chinchilla, ferrets, hamsters, mice, rats, rabbits, and large parrots.
Although Chengdu is known to be a breeding base for dogs, only a few places here sell puppies. For more variety you'd have to travel to the markets outside Chengdu as most large dog breeds are banned in the city.
Xinkai Jie Pet Market directions (新开街劫宠物市场)
The main market building is at 18 Xinkai Jie. Take Metro Line 1 to the Jinjiang Hotel (锦江宾馆) exit C1. Head south and then turn east on Yandao Jie (盐道街). It's the second left turn.