“IT’S THE BIGGEST MALL IN ALL OF ASIA!”
The buzz around Yueying Global Harbor was immense the first few weeks I was in Shanghai. Everyone was talking about it. “Did you know in Global Harbor…” “I heard that Global Harbor…” “Yesterday when I went to Global Harbor…”
Yet, my interest was not piqued. It seemed far too coincidental that the biggest mall IN ALL OF ASIA OMG WOW was right by my place of work. Really? The biggest mall in all of Asia? I doubt it.
Finally, I caved in when my friend came back announcing she had gone to a place that was just like Chipotle but a third of the price in, drumroll, Global Harbor. My hankering for some good old burrito yumminess overcame my hatred for obnoxiously large malls. And I went.
This is what I found:
Global Harbor is quite entertaining in that the inside, at first glance, seems extremely nice. With its cavernous atriums and the winding escalators, it looks like a mock-up inside of an Italian mall. Then you realize that the marble pillars are not marble but rather wallpapered marble. And the paintings…are cute, but definitely not authentic.
The variety of stores in this place is insane. At the entrance you can just hop on into the first store and quickly purchase a Cadillac. And if that’s not in your price range, don’t worry – right next door is a knick knack store selling iPhone cases for 4 dollars.
International brands fill up many of the floors, with everything from Marks & Spencer to H&M. And then there are heavenly places like Salubre (sounds like some unfortunate disease but that’s beside the point) that can whip up a delicious burrito of joy for the almost nothing price of 25 kuai. There must be a God.
Walking from the front of the mall to the back takes about 10-15 minutes of solid walking. And apparently at the soft opening of the mall in July, some Chinese ladies were LESS than pleased – or as the article said, “depressed and disappointed.” Why so down? There was a glass floor on one level and the people below could see right up their skirts. Yikes.
So while the mall is not my favorite place to go for a wander, I definitely think I will be hitting up Global Harbor every once and a while to get my “closest thing to Chipotle I can find” fix and maybe just to buy a Cadillac or two.