If you live in China, chances are you have visited at least one mall.
From shopping to eating to watching sports, you probably spent some time there, but the number of places to spend your hard-earned cash has dwindled to just a few spots across the country.
That’s because of new regulations.
The government announced last month that all malls in China would have to have a minimum of 60 percent occupancy.
But as a result of a massive crackdown, some malls in the country have been forced to close their doors or close for extended periods.
Now, it’s possible that you may have missed out on this prime spot for your next shopping trip.
We talked to our sources to find out what you need to know before you head out to your next destination.
How many malls are there in China?
There are currently more than 60 malls in mainland China, with a total of about 4,200 shopping malls.
This number is up from around 1,500 malls in 2008.
Are all malls owned by the government?
All malls in Beijing and Shanghai are owned by state-run enterprises (SOEs), which are publicly traded companies.
They control access to the mall, which can include parking, concessions, and security measures.
There is also a limited number of malls in Shanghai that are owned privately, and they are run by individual investors.
Some malls, like the One Sky Mall in Beijing, are owned directly by the SOEs, and some SOEs are also owned by private businesses, like restaurants and hotels.
How much does it cost to go to a mall?
To shop at a mall, you must go through an application process, which includes filling out a questionnaire and paying a small fee.
The application fee is $10, and it takes about 10 minutes.
Some shopping malls even allow visitors to purchase products at the checkout line, which is where they must first pay the application fee.
It can take about two hours to complete the application process and pay for the product.
Some stores charge a convenience fee, but it can be waived for large transactions, like a large purchase of a large number of items.
Can I go to all malls?
Yes, you can go to many malls.
Some of the malls in Chinese cities are only open to the public, while others have special policies that allow the public to come and spend a limited amount of time in their malls.
A few malls in particular, like Taishan, have special areas for guests who have special needs, like people with Down syndrome.
These special zones are also open to visitors, but they are limited to around 300 people per day.
Can you buy merchandise at any mall?
Some retailers offer coupons, and you can pay online for items in stores or online.
Some mall owners have also started offering coupons for certain items, like for toilet paper.
You can also find discounted items online.
What if I want to go for a walk, but I don’t want to wear a suit?
In some malls, you are allowed to wear suits in certain areas of the mall.
For example, at one mall in Shanghai, you may be able to enter one of the shops and buy clothing.
But there is a catch.
You must wear a coat and tie in certain spots, and in other areas, you will need to wear flip flops or jeans.
This is because the regulations in some malls don’t allow people to wear shoes in certain places.
You may also have to pay for parking fees.
Can the mall staff take my picture?
In the past, you might have been able to go up to the entrance of the store to photograph your purchases, and the store staff might have helped you.
But these days, many malls in places like Beijing, Shanghai, and other Chinese cities have restrictions on the use of the Internet.
Most malls have restricted areas with special rules for people with special needs.
What should I wear?
If you want to look good in a suit, you should wear black clothing, like black dress shoes, black dress pants, black shirt, black tie, black socks, or black boots.
But in some cases, you need shoes that are at least two sizes too big, and white clothing is allowed, too.
Can my child go to any mall with me?
If your child is older than six years old, you do not have to buy them a ticket to a particular mall.
If your little one is a child, you only need to buy him a ticket for the shopping center.
What about my luggage?
You can use your own bags to carry your purchases in China.
But you may not be allowed to take any of your belongings into a shopping center with you.