Skyscrapers: Modern-Day Colossus

Beijing recently unveiled the earth's largest building, a new million-square-meter airport terminal that will help handle up to 90 million passengers per year. It leaves Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International (84 million) in second place, and marks a new milestone in China's quest to build the biggest and tallest. Other Chinese superlatives:

This month, the Hangzhou Bay Bridge—the world's longest transoceanic span—will open to traffic. At 36km, it's the equivalent of 13 Golden Gates.

Since 2005, China's had the globe's largest mall. With 650,000 square meters of space and more than 1,500 shops, it also boasts full-scale theme parks.

Shanghai's World Financial Center is the second tallest completed skyscraper, 17 meters shy of Taipei 101.

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