China Builds World’s Biggest Building (And More Details about U.S. Spying)
Over the last week or so, news of the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) spying on citizens has been all over TV channels, radio stations, and the internet. Yesterday we got a new letter written by Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who is currently stuck in Moscow’s airport—a la Tom Hanks in The Terminal—because the U.S. government shut down his passport. Additionally, it came out that the U.S. has been bugging European Union offices in Brussels, New York City, and Washington, D.C., which has (understandably) angered many Europeans, so much so that French MEP Jean-Luc Melenchon called for a suspension of all trade negotiations with the U.S. and Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s office said it was preparing to bring charges against British and U.S. intelligence.
This news is exciting and all, but it’s being talked about everywhere, so let’s mix it up and look at something else interesting (that doesn’t mention the controversial actions of the United States government)—China has completed the construction of the world’s new biggest building!
The New Century Global Center in Chengdu, Sichuan province is s a 19 million square feet complex (that’s big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses!) that has taken the throne as the largest freestanding building on the planet. Though it took three years to build, it certainly seems like it was worth it, as the gargantuan building is home to 400,000 square meters (1.3 million+ square feet) of shopping space, a Mediterranean village, a water park, an ice-skating rink, and multiple hotels. Heck, the place is so big it even has its own artificial sun to help heat it!
The construction of this enormous building is a truly impressive feat, so let’s take a minute to admire it and take our minds off of the other stuff going on in the world. It’s worth it.