Going for a Qingshiqiao adventure? Bring your dirtiest closed-toe shoes and cuffed pants, or pull them up to your chest like Urkel, because this market is always wet and dirty. Laid out on two floors of a large building along the central section of Qingshiqiao Jie, the market expands to the first floor of glitzy-from-the-front Fortune City's gritty back.
Qingshiqiao is a sanctuary for chefs and bored food lovers alike who are out for seafood or rare food items that are otherwise hard to find fresh, including whatever living creature is legally on the menus of Chengdu's specialty restaurants. Others go for huge blocks of cheese and whole (or chunks of whole) salmons.
On the second floor are dry foods, including bulk imported food. The shops that face the street sell saltwater fish, shrimps, turtles, fish, lobster, crabs, clams, snails, and crocodiles; indoor shops sell frogs and snakes, jellyfish, insects and their larvae, various dried fish, sea cucumbers, sea stars, seahorses, and frozen meat like game, but there are also fresh bamboo rats, ducks, pigeons, and even camel toes.
The back yard offers rare varieties of mushroom and fungi in addition to the regular lineup of meat and fresh vegetables.
It pays to show up early in the morning when the fresh food arrives, as harder-to-find items are sold off by noon. For freshwater fish, there is a bigger and better market off Metro Line 2 (Huwangling station/惠王陵站).