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China brings Titanic back to life with replica to open as tourist destination

China has become the epitome of a country that throws surprises at the world in ways one can hardly imagine of.

One such act has been its latest project that serves as a visual delight to those who have always wondered what it would’ve been like to be a passenger on the grandest of all ships the oceans had held once : The RMS Titanic.

China is all set to bring back the ill-fated Titanic from the deep. In landlocked Sichuan, a full-size replica of the sunken ocean liner is under construction at a local theme park in China.

The project’s main backer was inspired to recreate the world’s most infamous cruise liner by the 1997 film.

Constructions to the replica began 2014 with a hefty price tag of 1 billion yuan (US $ 155 million)

The centerpiece of a theme park called Romandisea, it will have the same amenities of its namesake, including banquet halls, theaters, observation decks and a swimming pool. Guests will be able to pay to spend the night aboard the ship, which will be permanently docked in a reservoir in the Qijiang River, about 130 kilometers from the provincial capital Chengdu — several hundred miles from the sea.

The original Titanic, romanticized as the largest luxury vessel of it’s time, branded as “unsinkable” by its owners plunged into the depths of the Atlantic in 1912 after clashing with an iceberg.

China’s stint instantly sparked controversy, where online users questioned whether the famous ship would attract tourists given the disaster that struck its real-life inspiration.

China believes the significance in the building of this ship is to carry forward the great spirit of Titanic and offer tourists a splash out for a night on a full-scale replica to experience the grandeur of the Queen Of The Ocean.

 

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