Utopia, Part 3

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The South China Mall
The South China Mall's official website offers additional information about the property. (Link dead as of Dec 21, 2015).

The Wall Street Journal: Recession Turns Malls Into Ghost Towns
This article explains the effect the recession is having on malls in the United States. (May 22, 2009)

The National: Mall of Misfortune
This article talks about the development of the South China Mall, as well as about the factors in China's consumer culture that are contributing to its status as a "ghost mall." (June 12, 2008)

Time: Aspirational Hazard
This article describes the "ghost mall" shopping mall trend in China and explains that more malls are planned for the future, despite major vacancies in existing properties. (July 12, 2007)

Los Angeles Times: Illusions on Sale in Shanghai
This article explains the situation around one of China's other "ghost malls," the Plaza 66 in Shanghai. Shanghai has undergone historical cultural changes and tries to bill itself as a thriving metropolitan area, but most consumers avoid the mall because of the high prices. (July 13, 2006)