Following a recent 60 Minutes report on China’s empty “ghost cities”, we’ve been thinking a lot about how some of China’s grand construction projects have fallen flat.One of the greatest examples of this overarching ambitious might be that of the New South China Mall, located in Dongguan, China.
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The mall was opened in 2005 and was heralded as the largest shopping centre in the world with 659,612 square meters (7,100,000 sq ft) of space. According to CNN, the owners expected 100,000 visitors a day.
That didn’t happen.
According to a report last year from Emporis, a global building data firm, the mall is virtually empty. “It has been classified as a ‘dead mall'”, the report states. An employee CNN spoke to claimed the mall had 20% occupancy.
One of the relatively few people who has visited the mall is journalist and explorer Wade Shepard, who published a great essay on the empty mall earlier this year at his website Vagabond Journey.
Wade has kindly allowed us to publish his photos with some of his comments here to give you a taste of China’s “Ghost Mall”.