High-ranking government and corporate officials met on August 23 to officially open an enormous multi-use property in the heart of Kunming. The newly operative Spring City 66 stands 350-meters tall, and represents Hong Kong-based Hang Lung Properties first foray into major property development in southwest China.
The soft-opening ceremony marked the end of eight years of negotiation, design and construction. Creation of the Spring City 66 was originally proposed in 2011, with government approval of architectural renderings approved two years later. Ground broke on the project later that same year, and the skyscraper portion of the complex topped out in late 2018.
Speaking of the building at the August 23 event, Hang Lung's Chief Executive Officer, Weber Lo, explained the concept behind the mega-structure, saying:
Spring City 66 is seamlessly connected to two metro lines, with its exceptional modern architecture infused with elements drawn from nature. Upholding our Customer-centric principle, we are introducing nearly 300 top international and local retail, dining, lifestyle, and entertainment brands.
The skyscraper and attached Hang Lung Plaza (恒隆广场) shopping area sit at the intersection of Beijing Lu and Dongfeng Dong Lu. The structures now comprise Kunming's largest single multi-use retail center, covering a combined 432,000 square meters.
Much of this space — more than one-third of the total — will be devoted to a sprawling, multi-level shopping mall filled in with the hundreds of businesses spoken of by Lo. The remaining areas, especially those located high up in the 66-story building, will be devoted to offices and serviced apartments.
The new complex in Kunming represents Hang Lung's tenth '66'-themed development in mainland China, with the others mostly concentrated in megacities along the country's east coast. While currently the champion of Kunming skyscrapers in terms of height, the Spring City 66's reign will be short. The under-construction Dongfeng Plaza Landmark Tower will overtake Hang Lung's creation sometime in 2022.
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