The Golden Resources Shopping Mall – The Largest Mall in Asia

2008 October 30
by Jason

Friday, October 17th 2008. Sara and I had a business meeting with a Chinese web design company this morning. It was fascinating to learn just how different the Chinese people’s expectations are when it comes to what makes a “good” website. Perhaps I’ll post more about that on my company website, the Spork Marketing Blog.

Our meeting was held at the Golden Resources Shopping Mall. Officially, it is the 2nd largest shopping mall in the world. According to the people we met with, it was at the very least the largest shopping mall in all of Asia. Our meeting was at a Starbucks, and it was surprisingly difficult to find. Guess what the largest mall in Asia DOESN’T have – A DIRECTORY!

Evidently, directories aren’t necessary (or accurate) when it comes to shopping malls in Beijing. We’ve been to a couple of malls where the directory was very vague (Golden Resources did have a directory, but it was much too vague to be useful), and the Wangfujing shopping area had directories, but they often times were innaccurate. Perhaps I’m placing too much emphasis on this – after all, I don’t find myself studying directories at U.S. shopping malls – but it seems sort of ridiculous to have one of the biggest malls in the world and no directory to speak of. At least the staff was helpful. A mall security guard escorted us to where we needed to go when we asked for directions.

dragon-boat-at-the-summer-palace

One of the many Dragon boats motoring away from the main temple at the Summer Palace.

Next, we headed to the Summer Palace. Unfortunately, today was a bad day to visit. The weather was crummy – the “cloud” cover was thick and the sun didn’t shine at all. What could have been a beautiful lake and collection of temples was instead a repeat of much of what we had seen before.

the-marble-boat

One of China’s last emperess’s, Dowager Cixi, restored this boat in 1893 using embezzled funds that were supposed to go towards modernizing the Chinese Navy. Ironic, isn’t it?

Some advice for anyone visiting Beijing – the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven are quite similar. If you’re pressed for time, you can definitely skip one of them.

After nearly a full week of touring, Sara and I decided to take a break from tourist activities and do some work. It felt good to stay in one place for a while.

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