This short documentary tells the story of the New South China Mall, which is the world’s largest shopping mall (twice the size of America’s largest mall – The Mall of America in Minnesota). Unfortunately, it was built in the middle of nowhere and there are barely has any stores or people visiting (it is currently 99% vacant). You’d think that someone would have realized this in the planning stages before spending billions on dollars on the construction.
The absurdity of the whole situation surrounding the New South China Mall defies belief. This doc short is from the critically acclaimed 2010 documentary Utopia In Four Movements. China is desperate to keep up their high GDP growth regardless of the cost – they’ve also built entire cities that stand empty. Check out China’s Empty City.