Harbin Dining and Shopping Tips are list for your reference. Tips such as how to order in Harbin restaurant and where to do shopping in Harbin can be found here.
Harbin are famous for the large serving of each meal. There is a joke in Northeastern China is
Q: Why you have meal by pot?
A: Pot is for small serving, vat is for large serving
It is a joke, but really show about the custom of northwestern Chinese. So when ordering meals, better to order according to the pax, 3 persons for 3 meals, 4 persons for 4 meals.
► Recommended food could be
Northestern cuisine: you can search for some famous restaurants in TripAdvisor
Chinese Dumpling: the typical Chinese dumpling in Northeastern China will be a great choice
Hot pot: totally different from the taste in hot pot in southern China, northern Chinese style hot pot is suitable for have a bowl of hand-made noodle.
Barbecue: one of the excellent food in Northeastern China will be barbecue
► About the western meal:
In the past, Harbin may be the only one city in China which takes breads as the traditional breakfast. Western restaurants in Harbin are easily found. During the meal time, you may can enjoy a singing and dancing show performed by Russians.
► Shopping in World-chain Supermarket: because of the high latitude, sun rises in 4:00 a.m. in summer days, and sun sets in 4:00 p.m. in winter days. So shops in Harbin may close earlier than that in southern China. Small stores may close around 5:00 p.m. and Big shops may around 8 to 9:00 p.m.. Carrefour, Wal-mart, PriceSmart, Lianhua can be found easily.
► Shopping for Russian style handicrafts: you can go to Chinese-Russian Market (中俄一条街). In this market, you can enjoy a bargain feeling. Don’t make decision to buy a good here immediately. Strolling here and try to bargain for the thing you like.