Ti­tanic at­trac­tion

Chi­nese firm all set to build replica of for a theme park in China.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRAVEL -

ACHI­NESE firm plans to spend US$165mil (RM551.26mil) build­ing a full-scale replica of the Ti­tanic as the main at­trac­tion for a theme park.

The orig­i­nal and sup­pos­edly un­sink­able lux­ury pas­sen­ger liner struck an ice­berg and went down in the North At­lantic in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people.

The fa­mous ship is a sub­ject of im­mense fas­ci­na­tion for many in China, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the 1997 re­lease of James Cameron’s film on the liner’s doomed voy­age.

Lit­tle known Chi­nese en­ergy com­pany Seven Star En­ergy In­vest­ment said the replica, which is ex­pected to cost 1 bil­lion yuan (US$165mil), will be the main at­trac­tion for a planned theme park lo­cated at Sichuan, a land­locked prov­ince fa­mous for its spicy food.

The replica will be docked per­ma­nently on a river, the South China Morn­ing Post re­ported.

“When the Ti­tanic was about to sink, the great­est ex­tent of hu­man spirit and re­spon­si­bil­ity was shown and that spirit goes be­yond borders and it is eter­nal,” Seven Star chief ex­ec­u­tive Su Shao­jun said in an in­ter­view with the state-run Xin­hua news agency.

“We chose to rebuild the Ti­tanic in China so that such spirit can be pro­moted or in­her­ited in the east,” he said.

The replica will also recre­ate the ex­pe­ri­ence of what it felt like when the lux­ury liner col­lided with the ice­berg, Xin­hua re­ported, though it gave no de­tails of how the deadly col­li­sion would be repli­cated.

Con­struc­tion of the ship, which is 270m long, is ex­pected to be com­pleted in two years and will be based on de­signs of the Ti­tanic’s sis­ter ship, RMS Olympic, which was in ser­vice from 1911 to 1935, the SCMP re­ported.

Seven Star is not the only group with dreams of recre­at­ing the Ti­tanic.

Flam­boy­ant Aus­tralian ty­coon Clive Palmer pre­vi­ously un­veiled a plan last year to build a sea­wor­thy replica of the Ti­tanic which is sched­uled to make its first At­lantic cross­ing in 2016.

Palmer’s Ti­tanic II will fea­ture mod­ern mod­i­fi­ca­tions – in­clud­ing many more lifeboats than the orig­i­nal – but will try to re­main as true as pos­si­ble to the fa­mous liner.

The vi­o­lin played by the Ti­tanic’s band­mas­ter as the ship sank be­neath the waves sold at auc­tion for £900,000 (RM4.9mil) last Oc­to­ber, smash­ing the pre­vi­ous £220,000 (RM1.2mil) record for me­mora­bilia from the doomed liner. – AFP Re­laxnews

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