Could you ever imagine walking inside of a mall and ending up on 1000 feet of coastline? A mall that is equal to 20 Sydney opera houses! Or a mall that is equivalent to 329 football fields! Or a 50-storey big LED screen!
Talking about the biggest, fastest, largest, China somehow tops the list in almost everything. In a country where all the buildings communicate in the sky, where "building big" is a sign of success, the city of Chengdu unveils another skyscraper "The New Century Global Centre".
The New Century Global Centre is claimed to be world's largest building by floor space. It is 1,760,000 sq. metres in area. It is home to hundreds of shops, restaurants, offices. The incredible building in Chengdu, south-west of China also comprises of a water park, an aquarium and even a beach! Hundreds of people walking at the coastline of a concrete-made beach and some splashing in the artificial waves generated at regular intervals is an everyday scene at this mall.
Around 400,000 square meters of its area is dedicated to shopping. It also has offices, conference rooms, ice-skating rink, hotels, commercial centres, university complexes, an IMAX cinema, a "Mediterranean village", a pirate ship and an aquarium. The water park stands as the centrepiece of the whole building. It is named as "Paradise island Water park".
The beach constitutes of a 150m big LED screen which forms the horizons to offer the spectacular view of sunrise and sunset. The LED screen is as big as 50- storeys, if we compare it to The Statue of liberty, which is just 30- story big! Whenever we have to measure very big areas, we measure it in terms of football fields, but this building alone is equal to 329 football fields! Big enough?
The building also has a glass bridge that hangs 5-floor high with a caution board saying "Not for people with heart problems or ladies with skirts". It is twice the size of the previous mall record holder in Dubai. The margin of record-breaking proved to be worthy enough! According to the CBRE research group, this mall in Chengdu is equal to 89 Western European cities combined.
The 100-m high glass ceiling stands with its own artificial sun which keeps the building warm 24 hours. "This is an ocean city built by a man", a Chinese guide to AFP. It is recorded as the largest freestanding building in the world and the interiors are really breath-taking.
The local government has reported spending about $6 Billion on this marvellous piece of architecture. The building hosts all the "modern" and "harmonious" necessities of a Chinese dream. Thousands of people find their interests in some section of the mall and keep themselves engaged in this multipurpose building.
The millionaire behind this great project, Deng Hong is now missing and he is suspected to be under local police custody. Many other police officers also claimed it to be a massive corruption scandal. The management officer of the building claims that 90% of the space has been sold to various companies for their offices but the space seems to fill up rather very slowly. "Due to this mall, there might be 30 per cent vacancy in other malls of China", claims a local news channel.
However, China always gifts Asia with the most incredible and unique builduings. The New Century Global center will continue to surprise people by its insane size and monument-like architectural features.
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