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Supersizing China

Tony Law Inside the South China Mall.

Photo: Tony Law

Of course, the Chinese have always loved living large—just take one look at the vast courtyard of the Forbidden City or the endless meander of the Great Wall. But even the most august emperor could never have predicted the scale on which leisure is being created here today. Supersized golf resorts! Indoor ski slopes! A mini Mount Rushmore! As China's population climbs its way to the middle class, its taste for leisure is getting bigger. Read the article

Destinations: Beijing · Shenzhen · Dongguan · Sanya

Inspired by: China's New Appeal — by Howard W. French, Published Dec. 2005

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    South China Mall

    The mall is reported to be the biggest in the world: aside from dozens of boutiques and a handful of department stores, the complex has rocket-ship

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    Windows of the World

    Windows of the World's re-creations of international landmarks have been built on a scale to please a pharaoh, with a nearly life-sized copy of the

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    Qiaobo Ice & Snow

    The resort offers two slopes: an amateur run of 650 feet and an advanced one that stretches for 1,000. It's open year-round, a bragging right the r

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    Mission Hills Golf Club

    Stretching over an area twice the size of Manhattan, Mission Hills has 10 18-hole courses, each one designed by a leading golfing figure, from Erni

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