China's Enormous Derelict Shopping Mall Does Not Bode Well For Humanity's Future

China's Enormous Derelict Shopping Mall Does Not Bode Well For Humanity's Future

China is known for building ambitious infrastructure projects, and finding humans to populate them after the fact. Sometimes, it doesn't go according to plan. This is one of those times. Meet the Pentagonal Mart, a gargantuan, $US200 million shopping complex inspired by the US Pentagon, which has the dubious honour of being the largest vacant building in Shanghai. According to the People's Daily News, the 70-acre mall was completed in 2009 and remains virtually empty to this day, "mainly because of its location and confusing inner structures". Hmm, minor planning details.

Only in small sections of the shopping mall/business centre/human maze will a person occasionally be spotted pushing a lonely shopping cart down an aisle lit by endless fluorescent lights. Canned foods and packaged goods gleam untouched on shelves; museum pieces in an exhibition of superfluous development that needs no signage to explain itself.

If modern society were to collapse under the weight of egregiously unsustainable resource consumption, our dystopian swan song would probably look something like this.

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    I can see the problem. The entry point needs to be the centre of the mall like a subway station.

    Yep. That's China. Building things its people can't afford/don't want/don't need, all in the name of beating the USA in a pissing contest (read: GDP)

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      Don't worry. They've been building Tanks and jets again for the last 5 years.

      I believe it's to do with the middle and upper classes in China having limited investment opportunities compared to us in the western world. So they put their money into property, which is increasing in value. Of course it's all inflated and will probably burst.

      This is why they build cities that no one lives in. On paper people are making money as the cost of real estate is going up. So you have people accumulating wealth, nothing to do with it, limited ways to grow it. So developers design and build suburbs, new cities, with shopping centre's and everything. People invest, it gets built and no one actually lives there. The cycle just continues so people will have half a dozen or more apartment's and properties which are unused but on paper it says they have made money. Even though if it wasn't for this cycle they'd be worthless. No one would actually buy the apartments to live in a ghost town.

        Yes their investment options seem to be limited to buying up as much of Australia as they can, because you know Australia loves to put the needs of every other country before our own.

    It bugs me that the video says "it is 70 acres across" - acres are units of area not distance.

      It is important to realise that an acre can be measured in any shape - from rectangles to circles or even hexagons - so long as the total area of land is 43,560 square feet.

    It bugs me that the article has very little to do with the video. I was expecting it to show inside views of this dystopian shopping mall of the future...instead, we get an areal shot describing how it houses UNICEF. If I were to just go off the video, I would have to say the mall is perfectly fine and likely gets a lot of traffic based on conferences, and corporate operations. Rather than actual shopping.

    Even the pictures on the People's Daily News are a bit...meh. One stair case is empty. Then they cut to a bunch of people shopping....somewhere.

    I completely agree that China does some crazy stuff when it comes to building places without people. However, this lacks visual evidence and simply seems like a slow day at the shopping centre. Heck, it could have been..oh I don't know...the Chinese New Year or something of the like when they took that photo...

    Last edited 20/01/16 9:19 am

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