Titanic replica to be built in China
Wuhan: A Chinese shipbuilder started the construction of the world’s first full-size replica of the doomed luxury Titanic ocean liner on Wednesday in southwest China’s Sichuan province. The new which will be permanently docked at a reservoir in Daying County of Sichuan, is a fixed tourist attraction as opposed to a moveable ship, according to Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, based in central China’s Hubei province. The replica is 269 metres long and 28 metres wide and expected to reproduce facilities of the original including a ballroom, theater, swimming pool and premium first class rooms, according to Wang Weiling, deputy general manager of the contractor.
In addition, modifications will be made to improve the tourist experience, such as a WiFi service, Mr Wang said. The construction is based on the original design of the and will be assisted by designers and technicians from the United States and Britain.
Parts of the ship body will be manufactured in Hubei and transported to Sichuan for assembly, Mr Wang said. The project is funded by Sichuan Seven Star Energy Investment Group, with announced investment of 1 billion yuan (F$302.6m) in the project in 2014. Xinhua