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World's Largest Building Opens in China

At nearly three times the size of the Pentagon, Chengdu's New Century Global Center has staked a claim to the title of world's largest building. How do you keep 420 acres of floor space lit? Build an artificial sun, of course.

"The New Century Global Center building opened recently in Chengu [sic], a city of more than 14 million people in southwest China's Sichuan province," reports Tim Hornyak. "It's described as 'the world's largest standalone structure' by Chinese officials and is 328 feet high, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide."

"The cavernous structure will feature a mix of retail outlets, a 14-screen movie theater, a university complex, offices, hotels, a water park called Paradise Island, a skating rink that's big enough to host international competitions, a pirate ship, 15,000 parking spots, and even a fake Mediterranean village."

Full Story: China opens city-sized shopping mall, with fake sun

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