China is good at creating big things - from wind farms and rubber ducks to gigantic batteries. The latest super-sized project to spring up in the nation is the largest free standing building in the world - the New Century Global Center. The new super-building is 100 meters high, 500 meters long and 400 meters wide, with a floor space of 1.7 million square meters. That's big enough to house 20 Sydney Opera Houses, or three times larger than The Pentagon.
The New Century Global Center is located in Chengdu, which is the capital of the Sichuan province in southwestern China. The building, which opened this week, will play host to a wide range of business offices, hotels, theaters, shopping malls, a faux Mediterranean village and family-themed attractions such as a water park called Paradise Island.
The building is designed to be the crown jewel of a newly rejuvenated area of Chengdu called Tainfu New District. Chengdu’s subway line is being expanded to serve the new district, and a new airport is expected to be constructed by 2020, transforming the area into the new economic and cultural capital of western China.
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