|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$160.63|
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A visit in Harbin city could bring you in understanding the Chinese struggling years to become one of the world's key centers for trade and shopping.
The City is located in the Northeast of China and has a large land area with plenty of mountains and uplands but also have large low-lying lands good for trading.
Harbin City offers the Harbin Shopping experience. The Harbin's center street is full of shops and stores bearing well-known brand names as well as popular local brand names. You can easily find goods here from clothing, house wares, furniture, shoes, and bags to electronics and gadgets. However you should be very careful and could tell fakes from the original. Many Chinese shops carry fake brands and the cheap price is the main reason why people buy them. It is best to buy from the legitimate shops and stay away from shops that sell cheap but low quality items. Don't be fooled by the glittering ads in the store's front and don't buy watches out of the box.
Harbin City is also where you can find a unique underground shopping. The Central Mall offers this unique shopping experience. You enter the underground malls through entrance above the ground and once underneath, there are lots of individual shops that sell clothing and shoes. Don't be surprised if there are no visible price tags as sellers and shoppers haggle over the price. Meeting halfway would mean a sale is made.
There are also shopping places for Video and audio products and shops that sells "Russian Goods". There is also the so called "Northeast China specialties" that sell Deer Antlers, Dried male Deer genitals and thinly sliced Deer Antlers which is obviously for "male sexual enhancement".
Don’t ever think that Harbin has missed out international shopping shops like Wal-mart because you can find one of the biggest Wal-mart Hypermarkets in Harbin city. The Hypermarket has almost everything and has the reputation to have reasonably priced items.
Harbin is one of the busiest cities in Northeast China and has in years trying to fit in to the tag of being “The Best Shopping Place” not only in China but even in the world.