World's largest building opens in China

China's massive new building is four times the size of Vatican City.

Of the world's largest standalone buildings, none of the top 10 are located outside Asia or the Middle East. So it's only fitting that China is now home to the largest building in the world.

At 18.94 million square feet, The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China, has offices, plenty of retail space, a university, hotels, a 14-screen IMAX Cineplex, a "Mediterranean village."  And what building isn't complete without an artificial beach and fake sun?

It's 328 feet tall, 1,640 feet long, and 1,312 feet wide and Quartz puts the size of the massive building into perspective:

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).

Unlike some major projects, though, the building hasn't forgotten one of the most important parts: getting people there. The Independent points out that the opening of the building coincides with the expansion of a subway line to the area.

Photo: New Century Global Center

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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