Available information suggests that activity had increased in 2013, although most visitors came to the mall for its movie theatres or playgrounds and amusement rides. According to a CNN report, in 2015 the centre was undergoing extensive refurbishment work, with more shops opening and the addition of new restaurants, cafes and businesses that catered not so much to the upper class as to the Chinese middle class. However, according to Chinese sources consulted, renovation work began again on 10 May 2019.
The first of two planned phases was aimed at improving the central square of the mall with landscaping and greenery, as well as lighting, fountains and other art installations. The leisure areas were also expanded and work was carried out to incorporate Dongguan’s first marine park, called “Sea Cube”, into the mall. Finally, in order to attract more consumers, the renovation and diversification of shops was carried out, as well as the integration of new social venues, such as night markets and food stalls. However, there is no news about the second phase of construction, which was planned for 2020.
In any case, New South China Mall is still the largest shopping centre in the world in terms of gross leasable area, almost three times the size of the Mall of America, the largest in the USA, and the second largest in the world in terms of total floor area, after The Dubai Mall.