A replica of the Titanic vessel is built in China to become a touristic attraction


A new Chinese touristic attraction is under construction: Romandisea, a theme park in China, is built around the legendar Titanic vessel. The central piece is a replica of Titanic, called the “Unsinkable Titanic.” The ship is the exact same size as the original — 269.06 meters (882 feet) in length and 28.19 meters (92 feet) wide. It will have dining room, luxury cabins, banquet halls, theaters, observation decks and a swimming pool, like the original had. 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. However, the sea will be all time at several hundred miles. The cost of the project is one billion yuan ($153.5 million). 23,000 tons of steel will be used. The largest passenger ship afloat at the time, the original Titanic began its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York on April 10, 1912. On April 14, around midnight, it struck an iceberg and sunk in less than three hours. 1,517 people died and 706 survived out of 2,223 passengers and crew. The wreckage is actually located about 350 miles off the southeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada.


Investor Su Shaojun says he was motivated to finance the project to keep memories of the Titanic alive. It has taken six years, longer than the construction of the original Titanic, to build the replica. Mr Su hopes as many as five million annual visitors will come to see his Titanic. It will cost up to 2,000 yuan (around $150) to spend one night on the ship. “I hope this ship will be here in 100 or 200 years,” Su said. “We are building a museum for the Titanic.”