A Titanic replica in China might seem like a strange combo, but plans are indeed in the works to bring a life-sized replica to one of the country's theme parks in 2016.
According to UPI on Monday, Seven Star Energy Investment Group is providing the finances for the replica, which will serve as an interactive and educational museum chronicling the historic 1912 disaster. It will be built at the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s Wuchang shipyard and reside in a theme park in the Sichuan Province's Daying County (located about 1200 miles southeast of Beijing).
One of the ship's major features will be a shipwreck simulator, complete with rumbling, shaking, and the illusion of rushing water with light and sound effects.
"They will think: 'The water will drown me. I must escape with my life,'" Seven Star chief executive Su Shaojun said.
Visitors will also be able to walk through a museum on board.
The Telegraph added that those behind the project are taking care not to trivialize the shipwreck by placing the replica in a theme park.
"It's been approached in a very delicate and a very sensitive way and they're very aware of the extent of the disaster in 1912," Barnard Hill, who played Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 film Titanic, said. "I don't think it will belittle that disaster."
Construction is scheduled to begin early this year and is expected to cost $16.3 million.
"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 civilization," Su said, adding that he hopes the same spirit will be carried on in the East.