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A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world's largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth.The aquarium at the $5 billion Chimelong Ocean Kingdom holds a stupendous 49 million liters (about 50,000 tons) of water – certified as the world's largest by Guinness World Records when it opened in March – held back by a cinema-screen-sized window bathing spectators in blue light.The island has fewer than 10,000 permanent residents – officials say there will be more than 250,000 by 2020 – and the highway to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom passes dozens of half-finished apartment blocks.Karen Kwan, an analyst for Hong-based Kim Eng Securities who has visited the island several times said she was "cautiously optimistic" that it could cash in on the millions thronging to Macau.
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