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Life-sized Titanic replica to be build in China

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:31

Jan. 13 - A Chinese company announces a 1 billion yuan (US$165 million) project to build a life-sized Titanic replica. Elly Park reports.

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A life-sized replica of the Titanic is set to become the centerpiece for a new theme park in central China. The Chinese version of "the unsinkable ship" will come at a price tag of 1 billion yuan or $165 million US dollars and will be permanently parked at a tourism resort in the little-known Daying county in Sichuan province. So why the Titanic, and why here? Su Shaojun, CEO of the Seven Star Energy Investment Group that funded the project, explains. SOUNDBITE: Su Shaojun, Chief Executive Officer of Seven Star Energy Investment Group, saying (Mandarin) "The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent spiritual richness of the human civilization. So I think it's necessary for us to do what we do. Right now, there are museums in the U.K. and the U.S. So we think there is a necessity to create a display of it in the east." The luxury liner sank in 1912 during her maiden voyage, taking the lives of 1,500 passengers on board. Some say that building a theme park around such tragedy is inappropriate but the project has a champion in actor Bernard Hill, who played captain Edward Smith in the 1997 blockbuster movie. SOUNDBITE: Bernard Hill, Actor Who Played Captain Edward Smith In 1997 Movie "Titanic", saying (English) "It's been approached in a very delicate and a very sensitive way, and they're very aware of the extent of the disaster." The Titanic replica is set to begin construction later this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

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Life-sized Titanic replica to be build in China

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 01:31