Updated：2008-06-06 18:12 | Source：
Middle Street (general shopping)
Middle Street is similar to Taiyuan Street, except even more crowded. There are massive shopping malls as far as the eye can see, and the air is filled with deafening music blaring from cheap speakers outside shops. Shenyang has a population of over 7 million people, and some days it feels like at least half of them are here.
Like Taiyuan Street, you can find just about everything you could possibly want to buy here, as long as you’re willing to brave the crowds.
Notable: Middle Street is home to a famous dumpling restaurant called Laobian Dumplings (老边饺子馆, laobian jiaozi guan). Laobian is now a nationwide chain, but this Shenyang location is supposedly the original. The place gets mixed reviews. The dumplings are good, but overpriced. Laobian does feature “tea shooters,” which are servers accurately pouring tea from long distances using an extra long spouted teapot. If you have a large enough group for a private room and you can understand Chinese (or have a translator), the restaurant staff will give you a presentation about the history of the restaurant, as well as a demonstration of traditional "lucky dumplings."
How to get there: Middle Street is right in the middle of town (as you may have guessed). Middle Street runs east-west between dong shun cheng jie (东顺城街) and xi shun cheng jie (西顺城街). Also, it’s just north of The Imperial Palace, one of Shenyang’s top tourist/historical sites. Take any of the following buses:
258, 334, 289, 503, 212, 227, 224, 270, 333, 326, 334, 207, 215, 228, 4001, 118, 290, 222, 132, 213, 环 (huan).
Photos by Jerry Wang, 2007
Editor : ZhangXueying