Imported Russian goods of all types and qualities are available around town. Look out for vodka, Russian dolls, and chocolate. Beyond this, the shopping is much like any other city in China.
Zhongyang Pedestrian Street (中央大街) is the main shopping district where there is a Wal-Mart near the flood control monument and another shopping district along Guogeli Jie 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.
Guogeli Dajie (果戈里大街). Harbin’s second biggest shopping district 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.”
Indian Street (印度一条街). 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.
The Hongbo Shichang, at the intersection of Dong Dazhi Jie and Hongjun Jie, is an enormous underground shopping centers — if they don’t have it, you don’t need it.
Harbin Sex Store/Museum on Guogeli Dajie sells all sorts of sex materials and toys. Kind of unexpected.