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The World’s Largest Building Opens In China

The New Century Global Center is three times larger than the Pentagon and large enough to fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on July 3, 2013. @leahgonz

Where in the world can you find a building massive enough to fit 20 Sydney Opera Houses? The answer stands in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in China.

The New Century Global Center is the world’s newest largest freestanding building. It stands a hundred meters high, 400 meters wide, and 500 meters long. It has a floor space of 1.7 million square meters. It is said to be three times larger than the Pentagon.

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The building opened last week and houses a range of business offices, shopping malls, hotels, theaters, and even a faux Mediterranean village. There are also family-oriented attractions like a water park called the Paradise Island.

The new building is located in the Tainfu New District, an area that has modernized, perhaps as part of efforts to create a new economic and cultural capital in that part of China. The subway line is also being expanded to cater to the new district and there are plans of a new airport to open in 2020.

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