New Century Global Centre
New Century Global CentreYouTube screenshot

China has once again proved its prowess in creating the extraordinary. The New Century Global Centre, touted as the "world's largest standalone structure", was opened to the public in Chengdu city on 28 June.

The massive structure stands 330 feet tall, covers 1,76 million square metres and can fit in 20 Sydnery Opera Houses or three Pentagons together, The Independent reported.

The 18-storeyed building, located close to the Chengdu Contemporary Arts Centre, has a massive seaside resort, a 14-screen Imax cinema, Olympic-sized ice rink, water park, huge aquarium walls, two five-star hotels, Mediterranean-style shopping village and vast offices spaces.

In a promotional video, the creators of the luxury haven called the structure "a landmark which commands the world and is looked upon by the world with respect," and its design is "themed with a comprehensive and profound oceanic culture and inspired by the design concept of sailing seagulls and undulating waves."

Another marvel is the huge artificial sun which shines 24 hours, keeping in tandem with the artificial seaside which can support 6,000 visitors. Guide Liu Xun told the Sydney Morning Herald, "We have borrowed a Japanese technique. There is an artificial sun that shines 24 hours a day and allows for a comfortable temperature."

The building also has an underground train and a bus transit for visitors.

Even with its over-the-top facilities, one cannot ignore that the lavish monument stands in Chengdu city which is engulfed in a hapless pollution situation and its progress is marred by corruption scandals.

The New Century Global Centre, which is described as "a gift to the world" by the Chengdu Expedition and Travel group, completed its construction in three years' time.

Check out the promotional video of The New Century Global Centre: