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Taking the aquarium experience to a new level

China’s sky-high ambitions to build the world’s largest everything have found a new opportunity in Hengqin Island, once a sleepy southern island that’s not coincidentally located next to the world’s biggest gambling hub, Macau.

Not one but five new records!

Guinness World Records just declared the island’s debut attraction, Ocean Kingdom, the world’s biggest aquarium.

Yet, Ocean Kingdom’s superlatives don't stop there. The $806.5 million complex, a 15-minute drive from Macau, not only sets the Guinness World Record for largest aquarium but it also broke four other records, mostly for its gargantuan whale shark exhibit, which is itself the world’s largest tank, with a volume of 22.7 million liters (5.99 million gallons) of salt water.

Whoa! More superlatives

Ocean Kingdom welcomed a half-million visitors during its unofficial “soft opening” in January, and the 143-hectare (353-acre) complex hopes to woo a large chunk of the 29 million tourists who visit Macau each year now that it has fully opened.

Each of the park’s seven sections ushers visitors through the world’s waterways from the Amazon to Antarctica, offering an up-close look at an array of creatures such as whale sharks, tropical spotted dolphins and Chinese white dolphins.

Ocean Kingdom is connected by a 1,000-meter (3,280-foot) “Grand Canal” to the Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel, which claims to be the “largest ecologically themed hotel in China.” Both Hengqin Island attractions are part of the greater Chimelong International Ocean Resort, whose goal is to become Asia’s first themed resort combining animal exhibits, thrill rides and entertainment.

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Christiane Théberge




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