A shopping mall or shopping centre is a building or set of buildings that contain a variety of retail units, with interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to easily walk from unit to unit. The International Council of Shopping Centers classifies shopping malls into eight basic types: neighborhood center, community center, regional center, superregional center, fashion/specialty center, power center , theme/festival center, and outlet center 30 These definitions, published in 1999, were not restricted to shopping centers in any particular country, but later editions were made specific to the US with a separate set for Europe.
Citiyplaza in Taikoo Shing is a typical example of shopping mall acting as the centre of the residential development Figure 10. In the beginning, retail merchants were doubtful about opening their shops in the outlying places, as we discussed in the last section about the first department store moving into the New Town Plaza in Sha Tin.
Despite the shopping malls, where rules of personal conduct are enforced and visitors being monitored, are not formal public spaces, they belong to the public domain where an exchange between different social groups is possible and also actually occurs, defined by Maarten Hajer and Arnold Reijndorp.
Such zones display the world’s famous water scenes and create relax and romantic shopping and living environment: you can enjoy yourself and have delicious foods while shopping and also enjoy cultural communication and body-building while in diversion.
There are 280 boutique shops and 30 restaurants where the area’s best-dressed housewives might be found sifting through the racks at BALENCIAGA or Barneys New York CO-OP or browsing 3 levels of furniture and house wares at the mega-sized Macy’s Home Furniture store.