King of the world! Or, at least, "King of the Inappropriate Theme Park Attractions" -- a to-scale replica of the ill-fated Titanic is to become the centrepiece of a Chinese amusement park, it has been revealed.
The £100 million project will take pride of place at the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort in the Sichuan province -- which is somewhat ironically landlocked, lying 930 miles from the nearest stretch of ocean. The attraction will feature a simulation of the disaster, with a light and sound show designed to let visitors experience the sensation of the ship's 15 April 1912 collision with an iceberg, and its eventual sinking that same night.
However, many have called the profit-turning recreation disrespectful to the memories of the more than 1,500 passengers who perished on the ship's maiden voyage. But its backers have fought such comments:
"We think it's worth spreading the spirit of the Titanic. The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent the spiritual richness of human civilisation," Su Shaojun, chief executive of the Seven Star Energy Investment Group which has financed the project, told a media conference on Sunday.
Construction of the replica is due to begin early this year, and is expected to be completed in time for a 2016 opening. The Titanic attraction will feature alongside a man-made beach, recreated Venetian churches and fairytale European castles, as well as what's been described as a "6D" cinema. [Guardian]