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'World's Largest Building' Opens In China

The New Century Global Center, described by Chinese officials as the world's largest freestanding structure, has opened to the public in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan Province. Measuring 500 meters in length and 400 meters in width, with 1.7 million square meters of floor space, the center is large enough to contain 20 Sydney Opera Houses.

The New Century Global Center is reflected in an artificial lake. The center appears to be another symbol of China's economic might.
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The New Century Global Center is reflected in an artificial lake. The center appears to be another symbol of China's economic might.

The building houses offices, shopping malls, a "Mediterranean village," a 14-screen IMAX movie theater, a water park, and an ice-skating rink.
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The building houses offices, shopping malls, a "Mediterranean village," a 14-screen IMAX movie theater, a water park, and an ice-skating rink.

Workers clean the glass roof of the massive structure. With 1.7 million square meters of floor space, the center could house Washington's Pentagon Building three times over.
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Workers clean the glass roof of the massive structure. With 1.7 million square meters of floor space, the center could house Washington's Pentagon Building three times over.

The domed glass roof is 100 meters high.
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The domed glass roof is 100 meters high.

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