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The Strange and Wonderful Underground Mall

There is an underground mall in Shenyang. Someone told me that it was originally a bomb shelter, but it’s been privatized, and now it’s additional real estate. Because it’s cheap real estate, what gets sold there is strange and cheap. Imagine the dollar store on acid.

From the street, the entrance to the underground looks like the entrance to a subway station.

From the street, the entrance to the underground looks like the entrance to a subway station.

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As soon as you enter, you're greeted with stairs or an escalator.

As soon as you enter, you’re greeted with stairs or an escalator.

The underground mall is, well, a mall.

The underground mall is, well, a mall.

Shops selling all kinds of kitch, clothing, cosmetics, you name it. I got a cell phone screen protector for US$4.

Shops selling all kinds of kitch, clothing, cosmetics, you name it. I got a cell phone screen protector for US$4.

Hallway in the underground.

Hallway in the underground.

Strange products are sold in the underground. "Pleasure to talk to you" indeed!

Strange products are sold in the underground. “Pleasure to talk to you” indeed!

Seating.

Seating.

Business is apparently not good for everyone. Coffee Time is over.

Business is apparently not good for everyone. Coffee Time is over.

Bakery

Bakery

For some reasons, some sections are not contiguous. You have to go up and exit, then you can go down to the next section.

For some reasons, some sections are not contiguous. You have to go up and exit, then you can go down to the next section.

Going down!

Going down!

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This section reminds me of the night market in Taiwan: narrow and crowded.

This section reminds me of the night market in Taiwan: narrow and crowded.

A central hub. It looks spacious, and it's hard to believe that it's several stories underground.

A central hub. It looks spacious, and it’s hard to believe that it’s several stories underground.

2 Comments

  1. Joy says:

    Dying!!! These are spectacular!

  2. JM says:

    But there’s no Bath and Body Works, so I’m out. And no Hot Sam? What is this, a communist country or something? Oh, waitaminit…

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