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Border mall gets extension despite little interest

2018-09-07 HKT 18:40
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  • The mall was meant to draw mainland shoppers away from congested areas of the city. File photo: RTHK
    The mall was meant to draw mainland shoppers away from congested areas of the city. File photo: RTHK
Town planners have given the green light for a temporary shopping mall made entirely of cargo containers near the Shenzhen border to run for three more years, even though six out of ten shops there are still vacant.

The San Tin Shopping Centre, also called The Boxes, was officially opened in February, after the project was initiated in 2015 by pro-government lawmaker Wong Ting-kwong.

The idea behind it was to divert mainland visitors away from busy areas elsewhere in the city.

The plot was rented out by Sun Hung Kai Properties and Henderson Land Development for a nominal fee of HK$1. But Wong has admitted that the project hasn't met expectations.

Earlier this year, he told RTHK that only around 300 people were visiting the site each day – and most of them were local residents rather than tourists.