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“Great markets at night.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zhongyang Pedestrian Street

Zhongyang Pedestrian Street
Daoli District, Harbin 150000, China
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Ranked #4 of 200 things to do in Harbin
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“Great markets at night.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

Of course its very very touristy, lots of gift shops with Russian nesting dolls, fast food franchises, but lots of people everywhere so it makes for great people watching. The river is beautiful at night and there are lots of activity around the square, light shows, dancing and singing. The buildings in the area are very ornate and I understood that there was considerable European influence in their designs. A large Jewish community once thrived in the area after many people relocated there from Europ prior to and after WWII. Night time is when to visit this street.

Visited August 2012
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“A must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This is probably the most western of shopping districts, but the architectural offerings are what set the street off. Adjacent to Flood Control Monument. Well worth an afternoon at the least.

Visited July 2012
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“A Lively Thoroughfare for Weekend People Watching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

From the gate to the river is about a mile, and there is so much to see along the way! I particularly loved watching the dancing in the street - it was mostly older folks, waltzing on the cobblestones. I didn't understand why, but it was lovely nonetheless. The architecture was varied and interesting. By the river there were cold drinks, toy vendors, and a feeling of general summer festivity - I enjoyed the walk very much.

Visited July 2012
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“Follow the Freezing Brick Road”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

It’s just a pedestrian mall, but wow! It’s the best street I’ve ever walked down! It’s a must see if you’re in Harbin, and a trot along it at night during the Snow and Ice Festival in -30 degree temperatures will burn in your memory.

It was one of the four recommendations we received from the staff at the Shangri-La Hotel of what to do in Harbin, along with Zhaolin Park, Sun Island, and the Ice and Snow Amusement World. We looked into the Siberian Tiger Park, but the animal welfare conditions out there are appalling, so we decided not to encourage them and gave it a miss. Please do the same.

The Shangri-La arranged a guide and driver for us for the evening, but do arrange that before you get there, it was a bit of a drama (Eric Lao from the Heilongjiang Overseas Tourist Corporation is great). Our guide led us down the cobblestone street, weaving in and out of illuminated ice sculptures along the way. It was just lovely, lined with shops and restaurants, and the place to be and be seen by the locals in the know.

The crippling cold, however, very quickly turned our gentle stroll into a forced speed march. We actually had to stop ourselves from rushing past the beautiful architecture, taking a few moments to soak it up. I only wish we had more time to go back and wander around at our leisure, but we’d crammed a few other things in that night. Next time.

While it is just a street, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Visited January 2012
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“Go in the late afternoon .....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

A street with european style buildings in China.

For people like me come from warm country, it was actually a good place to shop for winter clothing with average pricing (with sales). Try to go there in the late afternoon, so that you can experience the different view in the day time and in the night time. I especially like this street when it is in night time.

Overall, worth to spend few hours to walk along that street and do some leisure shopping.

Visited December 2011
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