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Shanghai to build the world's biggest planetarium

It’s official, Shanghai is accolade-crazy.

From the world’s largest spiral escalator, to the world’s biggest Disney store, and in 2019, the world’s biggest indoor ski park and the world’s largest polar ocean park, the people in charge of Shanghai’s development are clearly obsessed with making a mark in a record-breaking way.

So why not just shoot for the stars, right?

Well, with the launch of the Shanghai Planetarium in 2018, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

The planetarium, to be housed in Lingang (already home to the excellent China Maritime Museum), is slated to open to the public three years from now, after construction plans were given the final stamp of approval from authorities earlier this week. This comes after the global call for design submissions ended with American design firm Ennead Architects being tapped to lead the project with their winning design, which is reportedly inspired by a 'three-world concept of the Sun, Moon and Earth' and 'reflects the connection between time and space'.

While the building mock-ups are stunning, we’re more impressed by the high-tech gadgetry that the planetarium is claiming that it will house. When launched, the planetarium will have a 24 metre-tall solar telescope, a sky digital theatre, an optical planetarium, IMAX theatres, and an observatory.

Education and research centres, as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions, will also be located within the building for us to learn about space and stuff (because, you know... education).

It’s still three years away, but looking at how things are shaping up, Lingang seems to be an up and coming neighbourhood for these large museum-type venues. Besides the planetarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Xie Chen Art Museum, and the aforementioned ski and polar ocean parks, are all in the process of being constructed over, or at least near, the Pudong location.