Construction on what its developers have billed as the world's largest standalone structure has been ongoing since 2010, just another mammoth construction project in the bevy of projects Chengdu residents are used to.
The 1.5-million-square-meter, three-sectioned complex is being built adjacent to Century City New International Exhibition Center and will house commercial offices, shopping centers, cultural and tourism venues, and leisure and entertainment complexes including two mammoth five-star hotels, an ocean park that will house a 5,000-square-meter artificial beach.
Month by month, new signs of progress appear. In the meantime, the project's construction workers spend most of their lives at the site, pausing their work for meals or smoke breaks. The juxtaposition of these figures against the hugeness of the building is striking.
No official opening date of the Chengdu Global Center (成都新世纪环球中心) has been announced, but the first phases of the complex are expected to be open in 2013.
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