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Canton's Qingping Lu market, 1980s

February 01, 2020

Qingping Lu, Canton (Guangzhou) 1980’s

Strange though it may seem, I was working on my Canton archives and in particular on photographs featuring markets when Coronavirus first broke out in January 2020.  It appears that the virus may have originated at a wet market in Wuhan where freshly killed animals, some "exotic", are sold as meat. Wet markets such as the one in Wuhan are still commonplace.

Back to my archives, these photos show scenes of live and freshly slaughtered animals being sold at the infamous Qingping Lu market in Canton in the 1980s soon after Deng Xiao Ping's Open Door policy. Many of these animals are endangered species.  Some of them feature in my photo book, “Canton”, ISBN 962-7160-06-7 published in 1987.

These photos are not for the faint hearted.

When I last visited Canton in 2009, the market had been cleaned up, the lacquered dogs had gone underground & the majority of live animals on Qingping Lu could look forward to a future as someone’s cherished pet.

1 Feb 2020

3 Fish3 Fish Fishmongers, Chaoyang Lu marketFishmongers, Chaoyang Lu market Goldfish, QingPing LuGoldfish, QingPing Lu1986

The OwlThe Owl Qingping Lu, rare speciesQingping Lu, rare speciesZoofood The Owlman at Qing Pling LuThe Owlman at Qing Pling Lu

Skinning ,washing & preparing dogs for laqueringSkinning ,washing & preparing dogs for laquering Laquered roasted dogs for saleLaquered roasted dogs for sale Qingping PussyQingping Pussy Baby Monkeys in Qingping LuBaby Monkeys in Qingping LuNov 1984 Dried and preserved lap cheongDried and preserved lap cheong Civet cat & snake sellerCivet cat & snake seller Qingping Lu, fishmongerQingping Lu, fishmonger Qingping Lu, 1985Qingping Lu, 1985