New Century Global Center

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No. 1700 Tianfu Avenue North, Chengdu, China

New Century Global Center Chengdu Reviews

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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...

Stats summary:

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)
New Century Global Center
Exiting the subway
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Global Center
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TB_Weet says:
By the way, Shanghai and Beijing overtook Tokyo as some of the most expensive cities to live in 2015. To own a property Tokyo, it takes 3 generation to complete mortgage payment based on conservative calculation.
Posted on: Aug 10, 2015
TB_Weet says:
Statistics can sometimes be a misrepresentation of reality. If 10% of China's population is super rich, that's 13 million people, 2 million shy of half the population in Malaysia. What about the 90% of the rest of the population who are in the middle class and below poverty category? In fact, I know of young urban dwellers who can't afford property that is crucial in starting a family so had console themselves with luxury items like designer handbags, shoes and suit. I can't call that a healthy phenomenon. In Malaysia, imported cars are 300% the price of the original. Lets say a ferrari cost USD60K, so in Malaysia it'll cost USD180K due to taxations and middlemen price hikes.
Posted on: Aug 10, 2015
spocklogic says:
I believe that, Cho, and personally I found some goods in China to be expensive. So maybe doesn't surprise me that Chinese tourists are big spenders outside China. They can probably get some goods cheaper than in their own country.
Posted on: Aug 09, 2015
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