Every year, the National Import and Export Commodities Fair is regularly held in Harbin, which has enjoyed high reputation across the world. This makes it the shopping center of Heilongjiang Province, event of the Northeast China. You may be puzzled about where to buy and what to buy while traveling in Harbin. The below are a rough shopping guide in Harbin, we list some Harbin’s famous shopping streets, areas, stores, market, and recommended commodities for your info.
Famous Shopping Streets
1. Zhongyang Dajie
Zhongyang Dajie (Central Street) was once part of the original town built by the Russians about 110 years ago. In the street there is a Wal-Mart near the flood control monument, where you can find clothing, food and more. Along this street are huge new shopping malls such as the Euro Plaza, Parksons, and Lane Crawford that carry international brands and are expensive. There are Nike stores, KFC and interesting Russian thrift stores. The street is lined with beer gardens during the summer.
2. Guogeli Dajie
Harbin's second biggest shopping street after Zhongyang Dajie (bigger in size). The area around here is dotted with Russian buildings and HUGE shopping complexes. At night there are numerous night markets, a small scale Russian church where people dance, and a small and lively "bar lake."
3. Sino-Russian Market
Located at 15 Jianshe Jie (Jianshe Street), this large border market consists of five roads in the shape of Chinese character "井", With two indoor halls, the market covers an area of nearly 30,000 sq m. The half-closed part of the market has an area of 24,000 sq m, with stalls exceeding 2,500. Here is the paradise for buying Chinese or Russian products.
4. Indian Street
A commercial side street located right off Guogeli Dajie. If you're facing the East, it's past the giant castle and on your right. Used to be complete with Indian thrift stores, clothing, and food, but now offers only Russian items, including dolls, pocketknives and toys. But don't expect any Indian restaurants as there aren't any yet.
Main Shopping Areas
1. Songlei International Mansion
It mainly deals in quality clothing, causal clothing, shoes, bedding cosmetics and jewelry, etc.
Transport: Take Bus Nos. 2, 101, 103.
2. The First Department Store of Harbin
A symbol of Harbin commerce, the First Department Store of Harbin is a comprehensive department store with various types and grades.
Transport: Bus Nos. 8, 28,101,103
3. Yuanda Shopping Center
It is a large shopping center combining shopping, catering, and entertainment with a business space of 40,000 sq m. there are six stories above ground and two stories underground. It boasts its state-of-the-art facilities and spacious shopping environments.
Transport: Bus No.101.
Places for Buying Skiing Gears & Clothing
Most of the streets in Harbin have ski shops or winter shops. They offer very excellent and cheap ski equipments. Generally speaking, you can find in the above mention streets or shopping area. The below is a famous company who produce and sell winter articles:
Harbin Tongxingyuan Business Corporation (Chinese 哈尔滨市同兴源商贸公司)
Mai Articles: skiing gear, ski suit, snowboard, skiing paraphernalia, snow goggles, outdoor appliance
Add: 46 North Huashan Road, Nangan District, Harbin (Chinese: 哈尔滨南岗区华山北路46号; Chinese Pinyin: Ha Er Bin Nan Gang Qu Hua Shan Bei Lu Si Shi Liu Hao)
Famous Stores in Harbin
Qiulin International Mall
No. 122-126 Central Street, Daoli District
The First Department Store of Harbin
No.118 Shitoudao Road, Daoli District
No.100 Central Street
Songlei Business Mansion
No.329 Dongdazhi Road
Hanqing Pearl Store
No.343 Huaihe Road, Nangang District
Korean Nationality Goods Store
No.41 Jingwei’erdao Road
Northeast Tiger Leather & Grass Goods
No.73 Central Street
Songlei International Mansion
No. 66 Central Street, Daoli District
Yuanda Shopping Center
No.378 Guogeli Boulevard, Nangang District
No.13 Hegou Road, Hangang District
No.71 Zhaolin Road, Dali District
Golden Sun Sophia Choice Quality Store
No.128 Diduan Road, Daoli District
Aoguya Outdoor Goods Store
No.11 Anguo Road, Daoli District
Harbin boasts varied specialties such as Russian set dolls and birch bark jewelry box, while the unique Harbin food are Qiulin sausages, big sausages, and Dalieba bread. Fur and leather goods and local specialties are available at a lower price, such as fur clothing, fur hats, leather shoes, ginseng, and pilose antlers, etc. specialty food include hedgehog fungus, sturgeons, salmon, sanhua fish-white bream, mandarin fish, spotted steed, as well as dried sausages, red bean of North China, edible wild herbs on mountains.