Shopping, swimming, skating, sunbathing and sleeping are all activities on offer to visitors at the world’s largest building.

The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China is capable of fitting 20 Sydney Opera Houses – or three Pentagons – inside.

Measuring a staggering 19million sq.ft. it contains shopping centres, a Mediterranean village, a water park, an ice-skating rink, and multiple hotels.

 
Gigantic: This is the world's largest freestanding building - which is big enough to fit three Pentagons inside

Gigantic: The world’s largest building has opened in China capable of fitting 20 Sydney Opera Houses – or three Pentagons – inside

 

 

 
Take a splash: A view of the Paradise Island Water Park, which features an artificial beach

Take a splash: A view of the Paradise Island Water Park, which features an artificial beach

 

 

 
Expanse: The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, Sichuan province, is a staggering 19million sq.ft

Expanse: The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, Sichuan province, is a staggering 19million sq.ft

 

 

 
 
Giant among men: New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province is the world's largest freestanding building

Giant among men: New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province is the world’s largest freestanding building

However, visitors to the glass-panelled building need not worry about the weather as the giant complex has its own artificial sun.

The building is 500 metres long, 400 metres wide and 100 metres high, reports said.

According to Chinese officials, the New Century Global Center is the largest freestanding building in the world, and took three years to complete.

‘This is an ocean city built by man,’ Chinese guide Liu Xun told AFP.

He added that the artificial sun built inside the building will provide light and heat 24 hours a day for shoppers exploring the around 400,000 sq. metres of boutiques and stores.

The building sits directly opposite the Chengdu Contemporary Arts Centre, designed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, at the heart of a booming area of Chengdu.

 
 

Bigger is better: The interior of the main hall the New Century Global Center. The cavernous structure is located in a suburb of Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province

Bigger is better: The interior of the main hall the New Century Global Center. The cavernous structure is located in a suburb of Chengdu in southwest China’s Sichuan province

 

 
Vast

Vast: The building is 500 metres long, 400 metres wide and 100 metres high, reports said

 

 
 
 
People work outside a church in the Paradise Island Water Park, which features an artificial beach, in the half-opened New Century
New Century Global Center is the world's largest freestanding building
 

Draw: The centre which only opened recently is hoping to attract a mass of visitors in the growing region

Extensive projec

Extensive project: According to Chinese officials, the New Century Global Center is the largest freestanding building in the world, and took three years to complete

 

 
vel:

Marvel: ¿This is an ocean city built by man,¿ said Chinese guide Liu Xun. He added that the artificial sun built inside the building will provide light and heat 24 hours a day

 

 
Shopper's paradise:

Shopper’s paradise: The new building has 400,000 sq. metres of boutiques and stores for shoppers to explore.

 
 
 
Day out: The new complex promises to have something to amuse everyone in the family

Day out: The new complex promises to have something to amuse everyone in the family

 
Impressive: The New Century Global Center stands at 500m long, 400m wide and 100m high

Impressive: The New Century Global Center stands at 500m long, 400m wide and 100m high

Competition

Competition: The tallest building in the world is in Dubai, but Chinese officials are calling this ‘the largest building in the world’

 

 
Grand: An exterior view of the New Century Global Center which has a man-made lake in the front

Grand: An exterior view of the New Century Global Center which has a man-made lake in the front

 

 

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