DestinAsian - - UPDATE - –CHRISTI HANG

For­get the pan­das: Chengdu’s new­est at­trac­tion is the 176hectare New Century Global Cen­ter, billed as the largest stand­alone build­ing in the world. Big enough to hold 20 Syd­ney Opera Houses or three Pen­ta­gons un­der its un­du­lat­ing roof, the mega-struc­ture is home to ev­ery­thing

from shops and of­fices to ho­tels, a 14screen IMAX the­ater, an ice-skat­ing rink, a faux Mediter­ranean vil­lage, and a soonto-open wa­ter park com­plete with an in­door trop­i­cal beach. Il­lu­mi­nated 24 hours

a day by what has been de­scribed as an “ar­ti­fi­cial sun,” the build­ing might even be vast enough to keep a siz­able por­tion of the Sichuanese cap­i­tal’s 14 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion en­ter­tained come the weekend.

DO­ING THE ROUNDS Above: Cheese­mon­ger Syu Ai Ming at her ar­ti­san fro­mage stall The Cheese Ark; neon sig­nage at PasarBella. Right: Just one cor­ner of Chengdu’s mas­sive New Century Global Cen­ter.

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