World’s Biggest Airport Opens in Beijing

Just in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China has opened the world’s biggest airport. The new Terminal 3, built at a cost of $3.5 billion USD, measures a gigantic 501 square MILES! This one building is 17% bigger than the combined floorspace of all of Heathrow’s terminals 1, 2, 3, 4 and new Terminal 5.

From the air, the new airport looks like a giant guitar waiting for the God of all Guitar Heros to come down from the heavens and rock the planet. The building’s designer describes it this way:

This is a building borne of its context. It communicates a uniquely Chinese sense of place and will be a true gateway to the nation. This is expressed in its dragon-like form and the drama of the soaring roof that is a blaze of β€˜traditional’ Chinese colours – imperial reds merge into golden yellows. As you proceed along the central axis, view of the red columns stretching ahead into the far distance evokes images of a Chinese temple.

The new airport is part of a series of structures that China is building for their Olympic coming out party on 08-08-08. No other country has ever spent this much money on an Olympics and I doubt any country ever will in the future. They’re making the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver look like a five and dine store. No doubt about it. To get rich IS glorious.

Check out more information and pictures of the new airport at Arch Daily.

53 thoughts on “World’s Biggest Airport Opens in Beijing”

  1. AWESOME. It looks amazing. :mrgreen:

    1. Terry Tay says:

      IT does look amazing! That would be a site to see as you come into land at the airport. I wonder how far in the sky you could see it?

  2. Milo Riano says:

    yeah they spent a lot. they better finish number 1 then. πŸ™‚

    1. Nice airport… would love to see more pics.

      1. Flimjo says:

        I’d love to see more pics, absolutely. I am fascinated by GIGANTIC things, and this one takes the cake. 😯

      2. John left a link to more details and pictures πŸ˜‰

        1. Just checked out the other pics at Arch Daily and wow, that is one amazing airport.

      3. Mayank Rocks says:

        same here. I’d just search on google! lol actually I’ve already typed in google images

  3. Bob says:

    WOW that’s so beautiful… is it an Airport or just an ARt?? πŸ˜€

    1. Terry Tay says:

      Yeah it is both. Instead of building a boring looking hunk of steel and concrete, they created something visually pleasing to the eye.

  4. Jarret says:

    Wow! That really is a huge airport, just look at all those planes in the picture. Very neat and interesting design as well, I’m sure that if you listened to everybody exiting the plane, you would probably hear a lot of them talking about what it looks like from the sky. Definitely something different!

    1. Thiago Prado says:

      The design is pretty amazing. At first when I saw the picture I didn’t realize the airplanes I just focused on the guitar like design.

  5. Amazing. China is making every country look like a 5 and dime store. Keep the pictures coming this has been your best journey thus far.

  6. Apoorv says:

    Very Beautiful Airport, I will come there for sure 😳

  7. Whoa that looks awesome. $3.5 bil is a lotta money tho lol

  8. Mike Huang says:

    That is simply amazing! I’ve been watching all these new China “OLYMPIC” buildings getting developed and it is just so cool! I mean check out that AQUATIC building πŸ™‚


  9. Ronald Su says:

    Very nice. China is really beautiful. For those who haven’t been to China, have a visit there and it will change your view about China. ❗

  10. Gabriel Lai says:

    Fantastic airport!!

  11. Mike says:

    Why are you so obsessed with getting rich? It’s nice to live a comfortable life but I think there is more to life than just that. China may be coming more wealthy but they are paying for it in other ways.

    1. John Chow says:

      Because to get rich is glorious! 😈

      1. I agree πŸ˜†
        Im not there yet, but well on my way. 😎

  12. I want to earn more money πŸ™

  13. Mike says:

    By the way, the Olympics are so ridiculous, I’m not sure why anyone cares about them anyway…

    1. You have athletes who cheat by taking steroids.

    2. Proven cases of favoritism voting.

    3. Proven Corruption by Olympic Officials.

    4. The Olympic Torch being carried through North Korea as if North Korea is supposed to represent all that is decent in the world.

    5. Oh yeah and the Chinese henchman who accompanied the torch on it’s run.

    6. Finally the medal count… with the same countries every Olympics winning the majority of medals. It really doesn’t mean anything.

    1. ZOMG what are u talkin about lolz the olimpics are my LYFE!!!11 ❗

      1. Flimjo says:

        I would agree. I’m not all that crazy about the Olympics. Sort of lost its luster.

    2. I Strongly disagree!
      I live in a really small country – about 1 million people. Every once in a while we have someone from my country winning the Olympic gold medal – It does miracles on bringing the nation together as one. Maybe it only happens in smaller countries, but I am certain when our hope for the gold medal is competing, all 1 million Estonians will be watching tv and crossing their fingers!

  14. Very neat and interesting design as well, I’m sure that if you listened to everybody exiting the plane, you would probably hear a lot of them talking about what it looks like from the sky. Definitely something different.

  15. spidro says:

    WOW Looks Amazing πŸ˜€

  16. Nick says:

    That looks pretty cool!

  17. Poolangooran says:

    Nice article, but it lacks the name of the new airport! What is the new airport’s name? πŸ™„

    1. John Chow says:

      The name is still the same as the old airport. This is just a new terminal. I think the nickname is Gigantic Dragon.

  18. Bob says:

    hey john i think you have placed wrong link under my name β€˜Bob’ in top commenters sectionn…is it me or another Bob?? my link is …….. πŸ˜†

  19. Binary Ant says:

    It is really amazing! and colorful πŸ˜€ . It cost a lot of money but holding the Olympics is an important source of income and self promotion.

  20. It’s just amazing! The Asian people maakes huge succes with this kind of stuff. I love their engineers πŸ˜†

  21. Pradeep says:

    this is amazing man those who think china can produce only cheap quality they will now think again about their opinion

    the structure is really world class and looking at the size no wonder if they announce it a wonder of modern world πŸ˜‰

  22. One Expensive Airport Terminal thats for sure πŸ˜›

  23. Hong kong is also having a very big airport, & this airport gives it a tough competition..

  24. Wow. I really admire the design and would love to see this when I’m flying into (over) an airport.

  25. When it comes to stuff like this, China is kickin’ the United States’ butt!

    1. Terry Tay says:

      The USA is probably doing quite a bit to help fund all these projects in China. They do import a lot of stuff from China.

      1. This is true, almost everything I own was made in China.

  26. it doesn’t really matter what you think about the olympics, whether or not they are important, or have any value.. what matters is that the host city/country should understand that in hosting the games they are putting a spotlight on their country and especially the city. By creating these wonderful buildings, and amazing feats of engineering and design, it shows the world, “hey we care about our city, and are going to put some effort into making these olympic games special.”

    and then there is vancouver who i guess thinks “hey we can just rely on mountains and ocean, and hopefully no one will notice the big concrete prison block we put up and called a speed skating dome!”

  27. Thiago Prado says:

    I can’t take the image of this airport from my head. I love to take pictures from the airplane when I’m traveling. I took very nice ones when I went to Vegas.

  28. Stacy Sloan says:

    Wow, China is really coming up. I wonder how many shops this airport has, I mean, I’ve been to the airport in Dubai and that is fascinating. I would love to see this one!

  29. Noobpreneur says:


    That’s humongous – I considered Heathrow huge before, now it’s 17% more bigger?! Whoa…

    “the new airport looks like a giant guitar waiting for the God of all Guitar Heroes” – LOL

  30. It looks stunning! I wouldn’t like to land there though if I was a pilot I would be too busy gawking to concentrate!

  31. Sha says:

    That looks wicked. It strangely looks like some kind of huge dart.

  32. Mayank Rocks says:

    The airport photo looks brilliant. So beautiful WOW!
    Yeah like the above comment said “WICKED”

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  34. AJ says:

    WOW! The airport shows China as one of the world superpowers to those who doubt that fact.

  35. kral oyun says:

    this is great, such a huge one

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