When I'm traving, there are two places I'll go before I go to the 'Attractions '
I like all kinds of supermarket, but I really love the Chinese one, so huge! with so many things I love! all sort of tea, soft drinks, Cookies, Snacks, and the local milk.
What to buy: Milk:
the brand Men Niu (mongolian cow), cetified organic, it's so rich and creamy, it's the one thing I really miss now,
you can buy it at the entrance of the market, it's a kind of candied fruit on a stick, the original one should be hawthorne berry, but now people are using all kinds of fruit, orange, kiwi, banana....
the green tea roasted pumpkin seed is a must!
What to pay: under 100 RMB,
What to buy:
We bought sets of chopsticks or foldup paper fans for gifts. Most of the chopsticks we bought in Chinese department stores, rather than in Walmart. The paper foldup fans we found at many different places. There was a chopsticks store located 3 blocks west of the Swissotel on the ground floor. I think the main entrance of the hotel faces east.
What to pay: The least expensive gifts, teasets, fans, chopsticks etc. were in the department stores located between the Swissotel and the Victory Shopping Plaza to the West, toward the train station.
This shopping square links the Train Station to the Zhongshan street and the other side of the shopping zone in downtown Dalian.
Some shopping malls and restaurants are in this square. As you cross Zhongshan street by the underground passages you find yourself in an underground shopping mall with small shops with almost everything.
Upstairs you find yourself again in the middle of huge and fancier shopping malls...
If your sport is shopping you find yourself in the right place.
Late afternoon a gathering of people indicates the food market is opening...
Interesting place to eat every sort of Chinese food as well as others... we even found a vendor offering "Brazilian barbecue"!
What to buy: Food...
Near the Train Station, this street has lots of shops with signs in Russian, including some restaurants as well.
Quite interesting, since Dalian was a Russian protectorate until the mid 1900's.
What to buy: Every kind of cheap gadgets...
A huge and beautiful one shopping center. on the first 6 flores you can buy all clothes from ab Marina, MNG, nike to Givenchi, Prada and Kenzo.
What to buy: Everywhere here you can find stylish clothes with big sales.
Dalian Shide is the most successful soccer team in China. Of course this team also has its fan article. The store is not very big but you can find shirts, bags, watches, towels, .... if you are a fan of Dalian Shide.
There are also some articles of other European football teams but for sure not as much as you can find in a ... ManU shop.
the biggest shopping center in dalain.there is a few basement down there and the food i say 'ma la tang' is inside there.guess wat???
i use 1 whole day to shopping here.hahahaa........can u believe?
What to buy: anything i can tell,there is inside!!!!!
What to pay: of cos with rmb only!!!!hahahahaaa
Several different places to buy imported items, grocery depts always seem to be on the lower levels. Some things can be bought in several stores, I mostly mention things that are cheaper or unique to this store
Agora Market - across the front street of Swiss Hotel, under Labour Park, walk on lower floor, to the right and the last shop on the right at T intersection - spices, taco shells, bacon, mozzerella, whip cream, creeeam cheese, Kellogs cereal, check this place out
Mycal - downtown just behind the Swiss Hotel
- bread, pasta, pasta sauce, OB tampons, cheese, pickles, relish, drinks
Newmart - across from Mycal
- course ground pepper, lettuces
Carrefour - cheese, grapefruit juice, olives, olive oil, peanut butter,
Friendship Store - pasta, drinks, skin creams, cleaning supplies, vinegars, olive oil
Walmart - I prefered their meats
What to buy: Walmart - Olympic Plaza - just off Zhongshan Lu
Friendship Store - downtown - one block off Zhongshan Square
Carrefour - Huang He Lu
Newmart, Mycal, Agora Market - all downtown near Swiss Hotel
What to pay: about the same at home, so it seems expensive to Chinese brands, but sometimes you just have to pay the price
The sea cucumber of Dalian is very popular. It is sold everywhere -markets, supermarkets, shopping centers, souvenir shops, etc.
The sea cucumber is very special and is black in colour with many spikes. I have never seen a sea cucumber like it before. Worth a try in one of the restaurants...
What to buy:
During the Dragon Boat Festival(around June) , you can buy this kind of special ornaments in the market or even on the side of the streets in Dalian.
Some ornaments look like 'Zong Zi' ( a special food in Dragon Boat Fest, see the instrocuation in my local custom tip). Others are just a kind of amulet. People believe they can be lucky and healthy if they buy them.
Local people also wear a kind of colorized lines on hands, ankle or even nack before the Dragon Boat Fest until the first rain after the fest.
What to pay: Most of ornaments are made by hands. The prices from 0.5 to 20 RMB.
My Favorite shopping center is Victory Plaza. The most difference from other department Store is that you can bargain with the sellers except some speciality store.
All the clothes, shoes,bags are all the latest trend. The fashion trend in Dalian is influced more by Japan and South Korea.
What to buy: There're 3 floors underground.
The first floor sells clothes,shoes,bags,lady accessary, local craft.
The second floor sells drink and icecream, doll, books, cell phone.
The third floor is about local snack.
What to pay: The price is acceptable. You can buy any standard things here, no matter cheap or expensive.
There are many supermarkets and markets around. I like to go in there to have a look. Usually, it will be packed with people and lotsa lotsa stalls.
What to buy: Check out the interesting cooked food - pig intestines, pig's leg, liver, duck, vegetables, etc. There's a type of "cold" vegetable which you choose what you wanna add, then the "chef" will put them into a big bowl and stir with some sauce with sesame seeds. Haven't got the courage to try that yet, cos some of the ingredients look weird to me. I think there's terrine too. Wait till I try, will tell you more. :-)
The shopping center is just below Swissotel. I cannot remember the name cos it is in Chinese and the name is quite long to remember.
Lotsa branded goods imported from overseas, for example, France, Japan, Italy, etc.
There are a lot of salesgirls at every section. It was a bit intimidating to just look around. FYI, I like to be left alone to have a look and being served when I need anything.
In Dalian you will find a lot of such places, especially in the pedestrian precinct.
What to buy: Everything, from jade to china, clothes, leather,...
What to pay: It depends if you are a good bargainer.