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Titanic museum, shipwreck simulator to anchor landlocked Chinese theme park

Published on Jan 13, 2014 1:48 PM
 
Bernard Hill (third, right), actor of captain Edward Smith in the 1997 Titanic movie, poses with Su Shaojun (second, right), CEO of Seven-Star Energy Investment Group (SSEG), during a news conference in Hong Kong on Jan 12, 2014. A life-sized replica of the Titanic will become the centrepiece of a landlocked theme park in China, featuring a museum and a shipwreck simulation to give visitors a harrowing sense of the 1912 disaster. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A life-sized replica of the Titanic will become the centrepiece of a landlocked theme park in China, featuring a museum and a shipwreck simulation to give visitors a harrowing sense of the 1912 disaster.

The Chinese version of "the unsinkable ship", with a price tag of 1 billion yuan (S$208.85 million) and an expected opening date in 2016, will be built at least 1,500km from the nearest ocean in the central province of Sichuan.

Mr Su Shaojun, chief executive of the Seven Star Energy Investment Group that funded the project, said Asia needs its own Titanic museum.

"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," he told a media conference on Sunday.

 
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