Dec 4, 2012

Chongqing: Let’s go to the mall!

Shopping with Chinese characteristics

What a fancy mallInside the mall

The hilly landscape of Chongqing creates spectacular views out of some rather mundane entities — like the Hongya Dong Center.

Hongya Dong is just a multistory mall, but it’s carved into a cliff face that overlooks the Jialing River. The traditional-ish architecture in its not-quite Vegas lighting is a sight to see. And it was cool to realize — as our cab zoomed up the riverside highway — that that glowing beacon was our destination.

The mall is filled with touristy shops, and expensive western restaurants. And tons and tons of people looking at the touristy shops and expensive western restaurants. (We were actually there for one of the expensive western restaurants, but we did a fair bit of looking as well.) It’s an interesting place for people-watching, and it was quite the happening scene on a Saturday night.