Universal Studios to open theme park in Beijing: reports

Universal Studios will open a theme park in the Chinese capital in 2019, media reports said on Monday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Universal Studios will open a theme park in the Chinese capital in 2019, media reports said on Monday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Beijing - Universal Studios will open a theme park in the Chinese capital in 2019, media reports said on Monday.

Further details on the 20 billion yuan (S$4.14 billion) complex were expected to be unveiled at an afternoon news conference in Beijing, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing reports by Chinese state-run media.

The long-rumored park will include the same kind of movie-themed attractions offered by Universal parks in Singapore, Los Angeles, Orlando and Japan as well as "integrate Chinese traditional and modern cultural elements," according to a report in the state-run Beijing Daily.

Plans also call for a "theme resort hotel" and a shopping and restaurant district, the newspaper said.

The park is to be located in a new "Beijing International Tourism Resort Core Zone" in an eastern suburb called Tongzhou. The park's Chinese partner, Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co. Ltd., which was just formed in 2013, completed a US$300 million deal for the land in March, the Los Angeles Times reported.