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Located about 50 miles north of Hong Kong in Dongguan, China, the New South China Mall is the largest mall in the world by gross leasable area. Twice the size of United States’ Mall of America, it was opened with room for 2,350 stores in 7.1 million square feet of leasable space.

No mall in the world can rival New South China in any category, except perhaps number of tenants.

Plans to build the New South China Mall were spearheaded by food billionaire Alex Hu Guirong.  It was to be built in Dongguan, a city of about 10 million people located just east of the province’s capital city of Guangzhou (map). Plans to build commenced in 2002, and by the time it was completed in 2005 the total cost was ¥2.5 billion yuan ($402M U.S.)

The project was ambitious; at time of construction it was the largest mall in the world with over 9.6 million square feet in total area. The mall was designed with everything, and was constructed anticipating 100,000 visitors a day.

It was built with a 1.3-mile indoor canal featuring gondola rides, it has a large Egyptian sphinx, and it contains an 1800-foot indoor roller coaster.

The mall has seven areas modeled after international cultures and themes: Amsterdam, California, the Caribbean, Egypt, Paris, Rome, and Venice.

There is a 82-foot replica of the Arc de Triomphe, a replica of Venice’s St. Mark’s bell tower, and even the first licensed Teletubby theme park.

The mall was built with over 8,000 parking spaces, and in the years since one of the many empty garages was turned into a karting track.

Author: Ishan Hasnat – Bangladesh

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