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A​ ​Mall​ ​That​ ​Transports​ ​You​ ​To​ ​Another​ ​Country
By​ ​Tanya​ ​Mok

Whether​ ​you're​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​big​ ​bucks​ ​on​ ​a​ ​shopping​ ​spree​ ​or​ ​you're​ ​just​ ​in​ ​the​ ​mood​ ​for
some​ ​window​ ​perusing,​ ​there's​ ​no​ ​shortage​ ​of​ ​malls​ ​in​ ​Toronto​ ​to​ ​satisfy​ ​your​ ​material​ ​needs.
But​ ​while​ ​the​ ​Eaton​ ​Centre,​ ​Yorkdale​ ​and​ ​Scarborough​ ​Town​ ​Centre​ ​are​ ​all​ ​tried-and-true
institutions​ ​that​ ​offer​ ​their​ ​own​ ​unique​ ​shopping​ ​experiences,​ ​much​ ​of​ ​their​ ​catalogue​ ​consists​ ​of
the​ ​usual​ ​brands​ ​found​ ​in​ ​malls​ ​across​ ​North​ ​America.
If​ ​stores​ ​like​ ​H&M​ ​and​ ​Foot​ ​Locker​ ​have​ ​lost​ ​their​ ​appeal,​ ​head​ ​to​ ​Markham​ ​and​ ​pay​ ​a​ ​visit​ ​to
Pacific​ ​Mall,​ ​more​ ​commonly​ ​known​ ​to​ ​locals​ ​as​ ​Pmall,​ ​Ontario's​ ​largest​ ​Asian​ ​shopping​ ​centre,
for​ ​an​ ​eclectic​ ​and​ ​distinctly​ ​multicultural​ ​experience.
Walking​ ​through​ ​Pacific​ ​Mall​ ​is​ ​like​ ​walking​ ​through​ ​a​ ​portal​ ​to​ ​the​ ​streets​ ​of​ ​Hong​ ​Kong.
Located​ ​about​ ​half​ ​an​ ​hour’s​ ​drive​ ​from​ ​Toronto​ ​downtown​ ​core,​ ​it​ ​caters​ ​to​ ​the​ ​city​ ​of
Markham's​ ​large​ ​Chinese-Canadian​ ​population​ ​and​ ​takes​ ​its​ ​name​ ​after​ ​Hong​ ​Kong's​ ​renowned
commercial​ ​complex,​ ​Pacific​ ​Place.​ ​Built​ ​in​ ​1997,​ ​the​ ​mall​ ​has​ ​served​ ​as​ ​a​ ​one-stop​ ​shop​ ​for
nearly​ ​every​ ​product​ ​and​ ​service​ ​you​ ​can​ ​think​ ​of,​ ​from​ ​clothing​ ​to​ ​electronics​ ​to​ ​nail​ ​and​ ​hair
salons,​ ​flower​ ​shops,​ ​and​ ​DVD​ ​stores.​ ​While​ ​the​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​Pmall’s​ ​patrons​ ​are​ ​Cantonese​ ​and
Mandarin​ ​speakers,​ ​the​ ​three-floored​ ​shopping​ ​centre​ ​is​ ​known​ ​to​ ​attract​ ​diverse​ ​crowds​ ​of

English-speakers​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​find​ ​deals​ ​on​ ​refurbished​ ​phones​ ​and​ ​electronic​ ​repairs​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as
luxury​ ​-​ ​sometimes​ ​counterfeit​ ​-​ ​products​ ​at​ ​low​ ​prices.
Since​ ​2005​ ​the​ ​mall​ ​has​ ​seen​ ​numerous​ ​raids​ ​conducted​ ​by​ ​the​ ​RCMP​ ​in​ ​an​ ​attempt​ ​to​ ​curb​ ​the
sale​ ​of​ ​counterfeit​ ​goods​ ​and​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years​ ​police​ ​have​ ​seized​ ​thousands​ ​of​ ​dollars​ ​in
merchandise​ ​ranging​ ​from​ ​bootleg​ ​DVDs​ ​to​ ​counterfeit​ ​software.​ ​Foot​ ​patrol​ ​officers​ ​were
implemented​ ​in​ ​the​ ​mall​ ​to​ ​deter​ ​the​ ​sale​ ​of​ ​illegal​ ​goods​ ​in​ ​2006​ ​and​ ​the​ ​mall​ ​has​ ​continued​ ​to
thrive​ ​ever​ ​since.​ ​Whether​ ​or​ ​not​ ​fake​ ​merchandise​ ​can​ ​still​ ​be​ ​found​ ​in​ ​Pmall​ ​is​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​say,​ ​but
today​ ​the​ ​mall​ ​is​ ​as​ ​bustling​ ​as​ ​ever​ ​with​ ​weekend​ ​crowds​ ​comprised​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages​ ​and​ ​ethnicities.
With​ ​450​ ​shops,​ ​the​ ​mall​ ​can​ ​get​ ​confusing,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​why​ ​the​ ​first​ ​floor​ ​corridors​ ​are​ ​named​ ​after
streets​ ​in​ ​Hong​ ​Kong​ ​to​ ​help​ ​you​ ​get​ ​around.​ ​Here​ ​is​ ​where​ ​you'll​ ​find​ ​your​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​apparel
and​ ​cosmetics​ ​that​ ​include​ ​rare​ ​products​ ​imported​ ​from​ ​Korea​ ​and​ ​China​ ​like​ ​minty
lychee-scented​ ​eyedroppers​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ever-in-demand​ ​BB​ ​creams.​ ​Take​ ​an​ ​escalator​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the
second​ ​floor​ ​past​ ​the​ ​giant​ ​arcade​ ​and​ ​you'll​ ​spot​ ​Pacific​ ​Heritage​ ​Town,​ ​a​ ​section​ ​recognizable
by​ ​its​ ​archway​ ​of​ ​traditional​ ​Chinese​ ​wood​ ​fashioned​ ​after​ ​the​ ​tight​ ​market​ ​stalls​ ​in​ ​Hong​ ​Kong
selling​ ​trinkets,​ ​bubble​ ​tea​ ​and​ ​jade​ ​jewelry.​ ​Just​ ​beyond​ ​this​ ​small​ ​maze​ ​is​ ​where​ ​you'll​ ​find​ ​the
best​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​eats​ ​that​ ​Pacific​ ​Mall​ ​has​ ​to​ ​offer.​ ​From​ ​authentic​ ​Dan​ ​Dan​ ​noodles​ ​to​ ​deep
fried​ ​chicken​ ​cutlets,​ ​this​ ​food​ ​court​ ​is​ ​an​ ​authentic​ ​take​ ​on​ ​Hong​ ​Kong’s​ ​culinary​ ​breadth.
If​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​walk​ ​off​ ​all​ ​the​ ​food​ ​you've​ ​eaten​ ​and​ ​want​ ​to​ ​get​ ​an​ ​even​ ​more​ ​authentic​ ​Hong
Kong​ ​experience,​ ​exit​ ​Pacific​ ​Mall's​ ​main​ ​East​ ​entrance​ ​and​ ​walk​ ​across​ ​its​ ​vast​ ​parking​ ​lot​ ​to
Market​ ​Village,​ ​an​ ​adjacent​ ​mall​ ​that​ ​predates​ ​its​ ​more​ ​popular​ ​neighbour​ ​by​ ​seven​ ​years.
Relatively​ ​unexplored​ ​by​ ​people​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​Chinese-Canadian​ ​community,​ ​Market​ ​Village​ ​isn't
known​ ​for​ ​its​ ​great​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​retail​ ​goods.​ ​Its​ ​no​ ​frills​ ​interior​ ​can​ ​be​ ​off-putting​ ​to​ ​many​ ​but
don't​ ​be​ ​fooled:​ ​it's​ ​the​ ​home​ ​of​ ​Ginger​ ​and​ ​Onion,​ ​a​ ​staple​ ​dim​ ​sum​ ​spot​ ​for​ ​families​ ​weekends
that​ ​have​ ​line​ ​ups​ ​running​ ​out​ ​the​ ​door​ ​and​ ​a​ ​grocery​ ​store​ ​with​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​finest​ ​selection​ ​of
Asian​ ​candies​ ​in​ ​Markham.
If​ ​this​ ​all​ ​sounds​ ​appealing,​ ​you​ ​better​ ​go​ ​soon:​ ​Market​ ​Village​ ​is​ ​slated​ ​for​ ​closure​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of
2017​ ​to​ ​make​ ​way​ ​for​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​mall​ ​called​ ​the​ ​Remington​ ​Centre.​ ​Thankfully​ ​there​ ​are​ ​no
plans​ ​for​ ​tearing​ ​down​ ​Pacific​ ​Mall​ ​yet,​ ​so​ ​Hong​ ​Kong-born​ ​Canadians​ ​still​ ​have​ ​a​ ​shopping
centre​ ​that​ ​reminds​ ​them​ ​of​ ​home​ ​and​ ​others​ ​still​ ​have​ ​a​ ​reliable​ ​place​ ​where​ ​they​ ​can​ ​enjoy​ ​the
flavours​ ​and,​ ​most​ ​importantly,​ ​the​ ​prices,​ ​it​ ​has​ ​to​ ​offer.


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