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Travellers to China will soon be able to step inside a stunning horizontal skyscraper hailed an “engineering marvel”. The eye-catching building, dubbed The Crystal, is part of the long-awaited Raffles City Chongqing project in Chongqing City. It is designed into a connecting skybridge amid the eight other skyscraper towers and will be the highest of its kind in the world. The jaw-dropping structure will span across the top of four skyscraper buildings, rising to 60ft tall and 820 feet in the air.

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Meanwhile, the wider complex will house hotels, restaurants and shops in the unorthodox design.

It will also include offices and private homes.

The epic project, designed by architect Moshe Safdie, is close to completion.

Visitors will also be able to soak up the sights of the city in a special viewing gallery, as well as sky gardens and an infinity pool.

At nighttime, the cityscape will glow with a beaming light sent out from the structure.

China horizontal skyscraper: The Crystal is close to completion (Image: Safdie Architects)

Meanwhile, the associated Raffles City Chongqing complex is a resort of its own, with a 230,000 square metre shopping mall.

Developers have confirmed they are now focussing on the interiors of the structures.

The elaborate designs and adornments are expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019.

The overall ethos of the district’s design was inspired by that of traditional Chinese sailing vessels.

It marks a nod to Chongqing’s strong heritage as a trading centre.

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Lucas Loh, deputy CEO and CIO of CapitaLand China, said: “After six years of construction using state of the art engineering technologies, we are proud to present in Raffles City Chongqing an iconic architectural form resembling a powerful sail surging forward on the historic Chaotianmen site.”

He added: “Positioned as a must-visit destination for local residents as well as domestic and overseas travellers, Raffles City Chongqing has been garnering strong response from our customers.”

China built more skyscrapers last year than any other country.

It completed a grand total of 88 in 2018.

Raffles City Chongqing is due to open this year.

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