08/01/2013 07:55 EDT

New Century Global Centre, World's Biggest Building, Is Size Of Monaco

The 'New Century Global Centre' building is seen behind an artificial lake in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on June 6, 2013. The center, claimed by Chinese officials as 'the world's largest standalone structure', is going to be opened to the public on June 28. The 100m high 'New Century Global Centre' is a symbol of the spread of China's boom: 500m long and 400m wide, with 1.7 million square metres of floor space - big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses, according to local authorities. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It used to be that the “world’s biggest (anything)” was a title usually ascribed to something American.

But that’s changing, and these days, the world’s tallest whatever, fastest thingamajig and most expensive doohickey is likely something coming out of Asia, and especially China.

That’s certainly the case with the world’s new biggest building, which opened this month in Chengdu, China.

The New Century Global Centre has some 1.7 million square metres of usable space, in a building that’s 500 metres long, 400 metres wide and 100 metres high.

The U.K.’s Sun gives readers an idea of how big that is — it’s almost the size of Monaco, the little principality on the French Riviera.

That’s right, it’s as large as a country. Admittedly, the world’s second smallest country (the Vatican being the smallest), but still.

The building contains two five-star, 1,000-room hotels, the largest shopping mall in southwest China, an ice skating rink and even an indoor beach with waterfront, where visitors can tan under an artificial sun.

There's also a pirate ship, a fake Mediterranean village and parking for 15,000 cars, according to Cnet.

And there’s even a Canadian connection: The building is host to 14 IMAX screens, from Toronto-based IMAX Corporation.

The building is the centrepiece of a new planned district in Chengdu, the Independent reports, and its opening coincided with the opening of a new subway line.

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New Century Global Center, Chengdu