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Festival Walk

Festival Walk
Festival Walk logo
Exterior view of Festival Walk
LocationYau Yat Chuen, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Coordinates22°20′13.92″N 114°10′28.89″E / 22.3372000°N 114.1746917°E / 22.3372000; 114.1746917
Address80 Tat Chee Avenue
Opening date13 November 1998; 25 years ago (1998-11-13)
DeveloperSwire Properties, CITIC Pacific
OwnerMapletree North Asia Commercial Trust
No. of stores and services220
Total retail floor areaover 980,000 sq ft (91,000 m2)
No. of floors7 floors
Parking830 spaces
Public transit accessKowloon Tong station
Festival Walk
Criss-crossing escalators in the atrium
Glacier, the ice-skating rink

Festival Walk is a shopping centre in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong developed jointly by Swire Properties and CITIC Pacific between 1993 and 1998. At the time of its opening in November 1998, it was the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong. Festival Walk is acquired by Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust ("MNACT"). There are also four floors of offices on top of the mall.


Festival Walk is located in Yau Yat Chuen, Sham Shui Po District,[1] and is directly linked to Kowloon Tong station, which is an interchange station of the East Rail line and the Kwun Tong line of Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway. It also has a pedestrian link to the City University of Hong Kong.


Construction of the mall commenced in 1994 and was completed in 1998.[2] Significant challenges were faced in the creation of the 21,000 m2 site due to its terraced land form as well as its narrow land shape. The tunnels for the Kwun Tong line of the MTR run through the full length of the site. During the construction of the building's four basement levels, 460,000 m³ of earth had to be removed.[3]

Festival Walk was jointly owned by Swire Properties and CITIC Pacific until 2006, when Swire Properties bought out the 50% stake held by its partner. In July 2011, Mapletree Investments acquired the property for HK$18.8 billion (approximately US$2.4 billion), making it the world's largest retail real estate deal in 2011.

In 2015, it was announced that the AMC Cinema, a major anchor tenant, would move to Yuen Long due to a rent increase that the director of Broadway Circuit (operator of the AMC chain in Hong Kong) called "very astonishing". The AMC cineplex had been a tenant of Festival Walk for over 17 years.[4] The cinema was replaced by an eight-screen Festival Grand Cinema in 2016.

Stores and restaurants

Festival Walk has a variety of stores and restaurants on multiple levels.[5]

Configuration and positioning

Festival Walk comprises some one million square feet of retail space. It has approximately 220 shops and restaurants, a multiplex cinema and an ice rink. Located above the mall is an additional 220,000 square feet (20,000 m2) of office space.[6] Festival Walk's three level car park can accommodate up to 830 cars.[6]

Festival Walk is positioned as a "comfortable" middle-market mall with the emphasis on service rather than price. The relatively spacious stores are mid-range to high-end and include brands such as Agnes B flagship store, Calvin Klein Jeans, Hollister, H&M, Juicy Couture and Kate Spade New York. Like malls in many western countries, Festival Walk has information booths to assist shoppers.[7]

Design and environmental features

The seven-storey shopping mall occupies three lower-ground levels, a ground level and three levels above ground. A six-level atrium, some 120 m long and 30 m wide atrium cuts longitudinally through the interior of the mall. A glass skylight over the atrium provides natural light to the interior of the building. There is a food court on the mall's topmost floor, with a view of the indoor skating rink.[3]

Festival Walk is equipped with a waste management system for all food service outlets within the mall. An organic food digester was installed to accelerate the decomposition of food waste into waste water and food residue which is then discharged harmlessly into the sewerage system.[8] The developers also installed a water-cooled air-conditioning system in 2002 at a cost of HK$13 million. The developer claims the system's high energy efficiency has saved 5 million kWh each year.[8]

Financial transactions

The development was a 50:50 joint venture between Swire Properties and CITIC Pacific. The partners secured the plot in a Government land auction in 1993 with a HK$2.9 billion bid, and developed it at an estimated cost of $2.2 billion.[9] In January 2006, in Hong Kong's biggest property deal, Swire Properties paid HK$6.18 billion to buy out its partner's half share.[10] In July 2007, it was announced that Swire Pacific was contemplating listing the property as a real estate investment trust.[11] In July 2011, Mapletree Investments acquired Festival Walk at a property value of HK$18.8 billion which was the largest global retail real estate deal in 2011[12] In 2013, Festival Walk was divested to Mapletree's fourth real estate investment trust, the Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust, as one of its two seed assets in 2013. In 2018, Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust renamed as Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust upon completion of acquisition of the Japan portfolio.[13] The mall is now managed by Mapletree North Asia Property Management Limited.

2014 roof damage

Water leaking into the mall

At approximately 9:00 pm (0800 GMT) on 30 March 2014 hailstones the size of golf-balls shattered the ceiling windows of Festival Walk during a heavy thunderstorm, causing rain to pour straight into the interior of the mall.[14][15] Some sections of interior ceiling collapsed and ankle-deep flooding was reported. Water from the shopping mall overflowed into the attached railway station.[16] Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust Management, the manager of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust, which owns Festival Walk, said its staff were on site to render assistance.[17] However, mall management were criticised for failing to alert the public through the mall's website and via relevant social media networks. Evacuation of the public was also done poorly, as at 10:00 pm the public was still on scene sending live images to social media networks.

2019-2020 Hong Kong protests

The Festival Walk Christmas tree set ablaze

In the evening on a Tuesday, 12 November 2019, Festival walk was stormed and vandalised by protesters. many of the glass barriers were shattered leaving broken glass scattered in the main areas of the mall, including the main entrance and bottom floors, most ground floor windows in the mall were also shattered or vandalised. On top of the protesters shattering glass barriers, the 4 storey Christmas tree, set up every year inside Festival Walk to celebrate Christmas, was set on fire by protesters using Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs. The fire was dealt with using hoses.

See also


  1. ^ "Sam Shui Po District" (PDF). Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  2. ^ Festival Walk Archived 24 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Swire Properties. Retrieved 23 July 2007
  3. ^ a b Festival Walk Archived 7 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, City University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 23 July 2007
  4. ^ "Kowloon Tong AMC cinema to move to Yuen Long as rent skyrockets". Hong Kong Economic Journal. 30 November 2015.
  5. ^ Bailey, Steven K. (2009). Exploring Hong Kong: A Visitor's Guide to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. ThingsAsian Press. ISBN 978-1-934159-16-3.
  6. ^ a b Property – Hong Kong: Festival Walk Archived 17 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Swire Pacific. Retrieved 23 July 2007
  7. ^ R. Jane Singer, Hong Kong Bargains Draw Mainlanders, International Herald Tribune, 13 March 1999
  8. ^ a b HK Beam newsletter Archived 7 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, spring 2007
  9. ^ Mark Clifford, Back to China, Far Eastern Economic Review, 27 January 1994
  10. ^ Swire to buy remaining stake in Festival Walk mall Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, RTHK, 20 January 2006
  11. ^ Tim LeeMaster & Yvonne Liu, "Swire considers Festival Walk reit", Page B1, South China Morning Post, 12 July 2007
  12. ^ "Redefining Retail Investment" Archived 21 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Jones Lang LaSalle. 2012
  13. ^ Change of Name of Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust and the Manager, 25 May 2018
  14. ^ "A freak storm provides a possible preview of Hong Kong’s extreme weather future". Quartz. 30 March 2014
  15. ^ "Hong Kong Weathers Hail as Year’s Worst Rainstorm Hits City". Bloomberg. 31 March 2014
  16. ^ "Giant hailstones batter Hong Kong as Observatory warns of heavy rain for days to come". South China Morning Post. 31 March 2014
  17. ^ "Heavy rain breaks roof, causes flooding in Festival Walk mall in Hong Kong". ST. 31 March 2014
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