China Opens Biggest Building in the World

Chengdu site has its own indoor beach
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2013 1:28 PM CDT

China's city of Chengdu has new bragging rights with the newly opened New Century Global Center, billed as the biggest building in the world, reports the Guardian. The entrance is 18 stories high, and the building itself is 1,600 feet long and 1,300 feet wide. But even those dimensions don't seem to capture it. This is closer: Among the office buildings, ice rink, movie theater, miniature village, five-star hotels, and shopping center is a massive artificial beach, complete with sand, water, and the world's biggest LED screen (for sunrises and such).

And speaking of the sun: "We have borrowed a Japanese technique," one guide told the Sydney Morning Herald for a story while construction was still underway. "There is an artificial sun that shines 24 hours a day and allows for a comfortable temperature." The Aussie paper adds some context for readers: Twenty Sydney Opera House could fit inside. (Read more China stories.)

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