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HISTORIC ZHUHAI SUGAR FACTORY TO BE REBORN AS A CULTURE AND LEISURE PARK

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A disused sugar factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District is set to be revitalised into an integrated cultural, tourism and leisure park. Woods Bagot’s master plan both celebrates the proud heritage of Zhuhai’s once prosperous sugar industry, while creating a future for the Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory site. The former factory began production in 1960 and was once a key pillar of Southern China’s sugar plantation and processing industry. As the local economy evolved over the following decades, the industry declined, leading the Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory to close its doors in 2003. Due to complete in three phases over the next 10 years, the 78,877sq m development will feature a boutique hotel, a chocolate factory, a wedding venue and start-up offices, a sugar industry museum as well as a diverse F&B and retail offering. Different thematic zones will provide contrasting sensory experiences for the visitors at this unique location.

ALIBABA TEAMS UP WITH INTERSPORT



Alibaba has partnered with sporting goods retailer Intersport to launch a ‘New Retail Megastore’ as it continues its expansion into bricks-and-mortar stores. The Tmall x Intersport Megastore, which will be located in Beijing’s Qianmen district, will leverage Tmall’s new retail infrastructure including customer insights, supply chain management, retail technologies, smart logistics and electronic payments to provide customers with a seamless online to offline experience. The store will feature a range of A.I-driven interactive features including AI-Shopping Assistants and smart mirrors, which will recommend items and provide fashion advice to customers and Smart Shelf technology, which provides product information when a person interacts with items including details for products not on display.

INDOOR THEME PARK OPENS ITS DOORS



Wanda’s biggest indoor Theme Park in Nanjing, created by KCC Entertainment Design, has opened its doors. It is the first of eight parks designed by the company that will open this year. After two years of intense design and construction, Wanda Nanjing Theme Park in China opened last month with a majestic opening ceremony. The indoor theme park is embedded in a new mixed-use development that includes a shopping mall, hotel, residential housing and a food court and has an incredible footprint of 34,000sq m which makes it one of China’s largest indoor theme parks and the biggest of the Wanda group. The more than 22 attractions, catering to all members of the family, make the park the centre of the leisure experience and ensures that the mall is a true family destination.

NEW DNA SHOPPING MALL HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED

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Hanoi studio Le House has designed An Garden Cafe in the Vietnamese capital as a relaxing space featuring greenery, trees and a pond. Situated in the newly redeveloped Van Quan urban area, part of Hanoi’s densely populated Ha Dong district, the building features a structural framework and an angular concrete shelf that encloses a large glazed façade facing the street.

The windows are interspersed with steel frames that resemble spreading tree branches. These shapes provide the first hint of the cafe’s natural theme, which is intended to soften the otherwise robust and industrial aesthetic of the architecture. Several layers feature in the cafe, but the ground floor provides the greatest amount of space for open seating.

A.S. WATSON GROUP OPENS NEW CONCEPT STORE



A.S. Watson Group, a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, has opened a brand new concept store CKC18 at Cheung Kong Center. Bringing together the top retail formats operated by A.S. Watson Group (ASW), CKC18 is the latest shopping concept store creating a premier shopping and lifestyle hub in Central.

Spanning over 26,000sq ft, the concept store CKC18 demonstrates the world’s latest store design concept featuring a contemporary chic style. Divided into four sections, the store includes the international food emporium “food le parc”, which provides 8,500 choices of wholesome, high quality food and distinctive flavours from all around the world, of which 1,600 products are exclusive at CKC18. Also in the store is the health & beauty outlet “WatsonsLab”, which is a specialised Watsons boutique offering a “Beauty bar” that carries numerous global leading beauty brands.

There is also the innovative tech zone “TechLife by FORTRESS”, which brings together the trendiest and most innovative lifestyle gadgets, eSports products and exclusive Xiaomi products. There is also a gameZ area that allows game-mad customers to try on the internationally renowned eSports gear.

Finally there is the wine zone “Bar 0001 by Watson’s Wine”, which offers almost 100 different wines, sakes and spirits sourced from around the globe in addition to the more than 700 different wines available at the store. Speaking at the opening, Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of A.S. Watson Group said: "The grand opening of CKC18 indicates that Cheung Kong Center will soon become a hotspot for dining, shopping and entertainment."