BIGGEST: China now has what is billed as the world's largest building — a vast, wavy rectangular box of glass and steel that will house shops, hotels, offices and a faux ocean beach with a huge LED screen for video sunsets. The building, with 19 million square feet of floor space, has opened in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.
NO. 2: That edges out the previous biggest building, the Dubai airport.
INCREASINGLY WEALTHY: The New Century project is a sign that China's growth has spread from the country's more prosperous eastern and southern regions to the west.