The Emptiest Shopping Mall in the World

New South China Mall

‘New South China Mall’ in Dongguan is the world’s biggest shopping mall (by gross leasable area) but has been 99% empty since opening in 2005. The location isn’t great – it’s not near any major highways and it’s too far from the city centre.

New South China Mall 2

If this place isn’t used as the set for a Chinese remake of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ then there is something wrong with the world.

New South China Mall 3

Parts of the mall have fallen into disrepair and there were rats around the 2 kilometre long Venetian-style canal that runs through the complex.

New South China Mall Rats

Though the shopping mall has failed, an entertainment complex in the centre of the development is doing OK. There were quite a few customers in the amusement arcade, cinema and ‘Teletubbies Paradise’.

Teletubbies Paradise


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