Ti­tanic replica to be built in China

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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

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