Changsha: Shopping centre
Changsha's shopping centre is pedestrianised and is located along Huangxing Lu near the river in the south-west of the city. Again, like most cities I visited in China, everything is very modern here plus very convenient with lots of western style shops.
Walking Street: a car-free area
Also called Bu Xing Jie in Chinese. The street is walking traffic only and has shop after shop and a lot of food vendors as well. Good for people watching and there are a lot of statues.
What to buy: Most of the stores are teen clothing and shoes, the same types of stores and products as an American mall. There are also some large department stores and a Wal-Mart.
What to pay: The items in the smaller shops are moderately priced which is part of the reason it is so popular. Department stores tend to be more expensive.
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Tongcheng Plaza: The one-stop restock
On every trip, there seems to be things that I forget that are urgent. Not knowing a city makes it difficult to find things shop-by-shop, so a big modern mall has the biggest chance of everything needed.
The format is the same....basement food, ground floor cosmetics, 2nd floor ladies, 3rd floor menswear, 4th floor bookshop/games arcade/cafes.
In Changsha, I found my 'restock place' at Tongcheng Plaza at the eastern end of the Xiangjiang #1 Bridge. Huge place. McDs, KFC and Pizza Hut on the ground floor.
Antiques Market: Beside Changsha City Museum
This antiques market is located just inside the entrance to the Changsha City Museum on the left hand side. For sale are many pots, ornaments, Mao memorabilia, jewellery etc.