Residents of Chengdu, capital of China's Sichuan province, never imagined that they would one day go to the beach in their hometown; after all, Chengdu is over 1,000 miles from the coast. But thanks to the New Century Global Center, they'll now get that chance: The gigantic new structure has its very own beach, complete with artificial sea breezes and sunsets. Who needs Thailand?
- a 500,000 square foot art center
- two five-star hotels
- a 14-screen IMAX cinema
- a water park
- luxury stores and restaurants
- artificial sun that will provide light -- and heat -- 24 hours a day