China is building the theme park you never knew you wanted: The Unsinkable Titanic, a Titanic-themed tourist park which doubles as a full scale replica of the sunken cruise liner.
Situated by the Qijan River in the Sichuan Province, it stands 270 metres long and 28.5 metres wide, and offers guests the chance to experience what life was like on the stunning luxury ship, which sunk more than a century ago, in April 1912.
When they say you’ll get the full Titanic experience, they really do mean it: there’ll be European food inspired by the ship’s original menu, a ballroom, swimming pool, a cigar room, live classical music performances and first class cabins, all furnished with what promises to be completely historically accurate decor and items. But more than that, guests will also be able to experience the moment that the ship actually crashed into the iceberg. (Well, it won’t actually crash into an iceberg, of course, it’ll be a simulation.)
The ship will be the, ahem, flagship attraction of the Romandisea Seven Star International Tourism Resort, an absolutely gargantuan group of resorts and theme parks set to open later this year. Among the other attractions, you’ll find the world’s biggest manmade, indoor beach and sky, the child-friendly Fairyland Carnival Theme Park, and a futuristic 3D Interactive High-Tech Theatre, as well as spas, a wedding chapel and more.
So, how much does it cost to rebuild the Titanic? Around $160mUS ($216.25mAUD). It’s a lot, yes, until you consider that the entire Romandisea Resort will total several billion US dollars to complete. As for staying there, it’ll set you back about $435US per night ($587AUD), a steal compared to the cost of tickets on the original ship, the most expensive of which equates to around $67,565AUD per person with inflation.
Funnily enough, the boat used in the 1997 film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, was only 90 per cent to scale of the original ship, meaning the Unsinkable Titanic will be the first ever full scale replica.
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