THE SHADOW TOWERS – GUOSEN MALL – GRADE A

Burbex has been visiting Guoson Mall in Dongzhimen for three years now and taken up lots of new friends. You can check out some other Guosen Mall adventures like The Guosen Mall Night Expedition and equally interesting Longyan International Park, but be sure to take a good look at this classic Burbex article first.

The Guosen Mall complex is purportedly worth 14 billion yuan. You would think with a price tag like that the developers would have been able to shift the development by now.

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However, there have been difficulties with all negotiations over the last seven years, and it still remains vacant. There are two skyscrapers behind the mall. Burbex climbed all 35 floors of the rear tower, and the view was amazing.

It should be pointed out, that this is an exceptionally dangerous site. There are holes in some of the top floors which go right down to the bottom. Throwing little pieces of rebar (steel construction bars) down these holes, Burbex couldn’t even hear them hit the ground. Despite this, the surrounding area is frankly gorgeous.

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The pools outside have been left to turn wild, and the place is ripe with sunflowers and aubergines planted by the migrant-workers who guard the place, who are probably more at home growing vegetables than protecting duff skyscrapers anyway.

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7 thoughts on “THE SHADOW TOWERS – GUOSEN MALL – GRADE A”

    1. One of the unusual things about many of these half-completed buildings in Chinese cities is that they would cost so much to pull down, but maybe even more to finish, so mostly they just rot in limbo. Typically if a building cannot be completed, the local government orders a glass facade put on the outside to cover up the ugly guts. It is supremely expensive, yet absolutely worthless at the same time. They’ll never sell it. I can’t wait to watch it crumble and fall.

      Come pay a visit, I’ll give you the ten dollar tour.

    2. I’ve heard that the actual mall is worth $92 million, but no-one will buy it. The office areas are falling apart and it would be too expensive to repair it, but at the same to expensive to tear it down, so it’s just going to stay like it is.

      Thanks for the comment. If you wanna come look around, just send a message,

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