Thu., July 11, 2013 4:15pm (EDT)

China Unveils Massive Building With Fake Beach, Fake Sun
By Krishnadev Calamur
Updated: 1 year ago

A view of the New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China. The structure - located in a suburb of Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province - is home to an indoor beach and a faux Mediterranean village.
A view of the New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China. The structure - located in a suburb of Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province - is home to an indoor beach and a faux Mediterranean village.
The Chinese are calling the New Century Global Center, which opened in late June in Chengdu, the world's largest stand-alone structure.

Inside, visitors can shop, stay at either of two 1,000-room luxury hotels, go to a skating rink, or even a fake beach or fake Mediterranean village all lit by a fake sun.

It isn't the world's tallest building that honor belongs to Dubai's Burj Khalifa; nor is it the largest that's the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Wash. What the New Century Global Center appears to be is the world's biggest building by floor space. Just how big is it?

Well, inside it you can fit ...

... 20 of these

four of these ...

and three of these ...

Now, if the name Chengdu, China, sounds familiar, it's probably because you recall it as the scene of the devastating earthquake in 2008, which killed nearly 70,000 people. Much of that area has been rebuilt in the five years after the quake with mixed results.


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