The Best Way to Reenact the Titanic Is at a Chinese Theme Park
If you ever wanted to reenact the love story of James Cameron’s The Titanic, now’s your chance.
A Chinese investment firm plans to create a full-scale replica of the Titanic ship at a theme park in China by 2016.
The estimated 1 billion yuan ($165 million) replica will take residence at a theme park in Daying County, Sichuan Province. The star attraction, along with a museum dedicated to the tragedy, will be a replica of the ship simulating the infamous iceberg collision.
Seven Star Energy Investment will use the blueprints of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic, to construct its replica in a shipyard in the Hubei Province. Once complete, the replica will be permanently docked in the theme park on the Qi River, according to the South China Morning Post.
“When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble,” Su Shaojun, chief executive of Seven Star Energy Investment, told Reuters. “We will let people experience water coming in by using sound and light effects. They will think, ‘The water will drown me; I must escape with my life.'”
Shaojun added that while museums in the U.S. and Europe are dedicated to the Titanic, the same sort of tribute doesn’t exist in China. “It’s time for China to honor the spirit of human responsibility — how passengers tried to save one another as the ship sank,” he told CNN.
Last February, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer revealed blueprints for the Titanic II, a luxury cruise experience on a replica of the Titanic. Unlike its predecessor, Palmer said the Titanic II would be the safest ship in the world. Similarly, it is also under construction in a Chinese shipyard.
The ship is scheduled to set sail in 2016 from Southampton to New York, honoring the original Titanic’s voyage.