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The world’s new largest building is four times the size of Vatican City

The New Century Global Center building
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China is going for both the world’s tallest and biggest buildings.
By Roberto A. Ferdman
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

China just cut the ribbon on the world’s new largest building.

The New Century Global Center, which recently opened in Chendgu, China, is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide. That’s roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s legendary Opera House, four times the size of Vatican City, and three times the size of the Pentagon. And its 420 acres in floor space is nearly the size of the entire country of Monaco (499 acres).

It’s an absolutely mammoth structure.

But what good would the world’s largest building be without a mind-boggling array of businesses, range of activities, and mix of amenities. Here are some of them.

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The New Century Global Center is home to myriad retail outlets and a 14-theater movie theater.
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Scores of offices, and several hotels.
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A waterpark called Paradise Island.
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An artificial beach with artificial waves.
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A 164-yard-long LED screen that serves as a stand-in for the horizon.
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A wavelike roof made of girders and glass.
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And a state-of-the-art skating rink, pirate ship, fake Mediterranean village, artificial sun that gives off light and heat 24 hours a day, and 15,000 parking spots.

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