A walk through a ghost mall

Updated 9:10 PM ET, Thu February 28, 2013
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The New South China Mall is filled with palm-trees, cafés, canals and leisure facilities - but few customers. The mall has capacity for 2,350 stores, yet after eight years is considered a "dead mall." Johan Nylander/for cnn
Much of the super mall remains unused and derelict. Johan Nylander/for cnn
Two men walking through the empty mall in a space planned for restaurants. Johan Nylander/for cnn
The few occupied stores are fast food restaurants near the entrance or at the IMAX cinema outside the mall. Johan Nylander/for cnn
An 1,814-foot rollercoaster is the center of an indoor amusement area, where staff can be found half asleep on counters as they wait for customers. Johan Nylander/for cnn
The optimistic owners of New South China Mall hope to boost occupancy to 80% in 2013. Johan Nylander/for cnn