New Century Global Center
No. 1700 Tianfu Avenue North, Chengdu, China
New Century Global Center Chengdu Reviews
Chengdu Megastructure a Must See Nov 27, 2014
The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China took three years to build and nobody seems to know what it really cost, but estimates run beyond 5 billion USD. The reason nobody knows what it cost is that the man behind the project, billionaire Deng Hong, one of the richest men in China, disappeared (or was arrested) under a variety of corruption charges. This back story of the Global Center has been rather an embarrassment for the Chinese government since it was built to host a Fortune 500 Global Conference. Another venue for the conference was chosen given the scandal.
The New Century Global Center is the largest building in the world by virtue of floor space at around 1.7 million square meters (18 million square feet). This is about 3 times the size of the Pentagon in the USA, which has a floor space of 610,000 square meters (6,600,000 sq ft). It officially opened on June 28, 2013 and is located in an up and coming area of Chengdu called Tianfu. The exterior has the shape of a wave and the interior a marine theme. Not sure why since it is 1000 km from the ocean, but never mind that. It has it's own sun! Yes, 24 hours a day, the Japanese designed artificial sun shinse down and bathes you with light to enjoy pollution free life inside.
What does one do inside? Well, inside the New Century Global Center can be found business offices, hotels, movie theaters, shopping malls, a skating rink, a faux Mediterranean village and other attractions such as a water park called Paradise Island, where you can take a swim or lay on the beach. Paradise Island also features an enormous LED screens measuring 136 meters wide (446 feet) and 30 meters high (98 ft), which is around 4080 square meters (43,916 square feet) in total, and ranks in the top 10 of the largest of its kind in the world. Movies can be played IMAX style.
A walk around inside this megastructure is a must do in Chengdu and it is something quite stunning to see. On a personal note, the space is enormous, but there seems to be few people here. Granted I was here on a weekday afternoon, and perhaps the place fills up more on weekends, but there are sections inside the structure where you feel you have the whole place to yourself. The shopping areas seem particularly deserted, rather like a ghost town at times. China seems to have a philosophy like Field of Dreams: If you build it, they will come - that remains to be seen...
Construction = 2010 to 2013
Dimensions = 500x400x100 m (1640x1310x325 ft)
Floor Space = 1.7 million square meters (18 million square feet)
Indoor beach = 5,000 square meters (54,000 sq ft)
LED Screen = 136x30 m (446x98 ft) = 4080 square meters (43,916 square feet)
Part of the China - Shanghai, Xi'an, & Chengdu (Nov 14 - 30, 2014) travel blog
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