New Century Global Center — the World's Biggest Building
The world's largest mall is in the central China city of Chengdu. It opened in September of 2013, and it is a new regional tourist attraction. Tourists want to see what one of the world's biggest buildings looks like inside, and they are interested in seeing its entertainment and amusement facilities, accommodations, and shops.
It is big! It is twice the size of both the previous mall record holder in Dubai and the biggest mall in Guangdong called the New South China Mall. It is designed to be a self-contained town and includes its own hotels with 2,000 rooms. There is an indoor beach area that is more than a kilometer long.
Features and Stats
- Height: 99 meters (325 feet), 18 floors
- Floor space: 18 million square feet (1.7 million square meters, 500 x 400 meters)
Mall space: 2.9 million square meters
Record Holder: It is currently the world's biggest building measured by floor space.
- Special features: the biggest mall in the world, water park, beach, concert space, IMAX theater, 2 hotels, ice rink, theaters, university...
Interesting facts: There is a wide screen LED that measures 150 meters wide to provide indoor scenery, video, or important news above the great pool that serves as the indoor sea. The big pool can be covered over for concerts. More than a hundreds shops and stores serve Chengdu's 14 million people and tourists. There is also a glass roof for natural lightning and a glass bridge 5 stories up over which people can take a walk to look around. But if you are afraid of heights, it's frightening. The mall is only recently opened, and sections are still under construction, and some facilities haven't been fully developed. There is plenty of space to keep changing and developing. What else will it become?
Chengdu's Shopping Mall Boom
This mall is not the only mall that has recently been built or is still under construction in the city. Chengdu has had a mall construction boom. Companies in Chengdu have been recently completing 2.9 million square meters of mall space, so the new mall is less than half of the total new mall space. More new mall space is being built in Chengdu than in 89 Western European cities combined. According to the CBRE research group, in 2013 the Chinese are building half of the brand new mall space in the world. There might be 30 percent vacancy in malls in China in 2014.
Transport: Line 1 to New Century Global Center, the most southerly stop (新世纪环球中心 Xin Shiji Huanqiu Zhongxin).
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I updated this article on January 12, 2014
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