Guangdong province’s Hengqin Ocean Kingdom marked its grand opening to the public last weekend with five new Guinness World Records titles, including being named the world’s largest aquarium.
The park, comprised of seven themed areas, has also set records for having the largest underwater viewing dome, the largest aquarium tank, the largest aquarium window and the largest acrylic panel, according to Guinness World Records.
The records are as follows:
•The total volume of fresh and salt water throughout the park is 48.75 million liters, making it the world’s largest aquarium.
•The Whale Shark Exhibit boasts a massive 39.6 x 8.3 meter acrylic panel, making it the largest in the world and in turn sets a record for the largest aquarium window in the world.
•The shark tank holds a volume of 22.7 million liters of salt water, also making it the world’s largest aquarium tank.
The theme park covers an area of 143 hectares (353.4 acres) and features rides, hotels, a “5D cinema” and a circus. It was all funded by Chime-Long Group for a total of $806.5 million, according to Themeparx.
Rowan Simons, President of GWR Greater China, said in a speech at the official opening: “Breaking any world record is amazing, but to become the world’s largest aquarium requires phenomenal creative vision and immense engineering efforts.”
We hope for the sake of our dreams that they don’t resort to filling all of that extra room with this.