Shopping in China is an experience itself; here you can buy goods from the numerous roadside stalls or you can shop at the discount wholesale markets; however these places are pretty crowded and at times the quality of the goods sold is not up to the standard. There are upscale shopping malls as well for those used to shopping in peaceful air conditioned places where quality of goods is not questionable. Some mega malls in China are:
The Beijing Great Gold Mall also known as the Golden Resources Mall; at the time of its opening in 2004-2005, it was the biggest shopping mall in China. Now it is the second largest shopping mall in China and also in the world. It is spread over an area of 6 million square feet and comprises of six storeys. It features more than one thousand stores; all big names both local and foreign. It also has a large restaurant and a skating rink for the customers’ comfort and entertainment. It is located on the Fourth Ring Road in Beijing.
The New South China Mall took over the position of being the largest mall in China and in the world when it was opened in 2005. Situated in Dongguan city in the Guangdong province, the mall occupies 892,000 meter square area and has a capacity of 2,350 stores. However due to its location, nearly 99 percent of the mall is lying vacant since its inauguration. The lack of response from investors and public led to the abandonment of projects in the mall such as the Shangri-La Hotel. The seven zones of the mall were fashioned on the theme of the famous cities of the world.
The Great Grand Way Mall in Shanghai is situated at the base of the 262 meters high twin tower buildings. The mall itself comprises of 6 floors where clothes, shoes, accessories, leather goods, electrical appliances, cosmetics are sold. A huge supermarket, cinema and restaurant are other features of this mall.
The Causeway Plaza is the leading shopping mall of Shenzhen city. Occupying an area of 65,000 square meters, it features the prominent Chinese and foreign brand stores and fashion houses. For the entertainment of the customers, there is an amusement park for the kids, a tea house, book store and features sports and recreation programs.
The Beijing apm, the Plaza 66 Shanghai, the CITIC Plaza in Guangzhou are some other big shopping malls in China.