The latest product of China’s ongoing infatuation with Titanic is a full-scale model of the famous British cruise liner to be built at a seaside resort in Daying City, Sichuan Province. The project will reportedly cost one million yuan:
Seven Star Energy Group, the investor, said the new cruise ship will be designed and manufactured by an American high technology company according to the majority of Titanic’s design papers, which had been lost after the ship sank and cost the company millions of dollars to obtain.
Su Shaojun, chairman of the investing company, said they have confidence to rebuild the Titanic and it will truly represent the cruise ship, not just a copycat.
Charlie Jianling Gao, executive manager of the American company’s Asian branch, said in addition to the outside, the inner structure of the ship will also be the same as the Titanic, which includes large dining halls and high-end hotels.
Su also said that with the help of technology, people will be able to experience the ship’s hitting an iceberg and sinking into the ocean.
An interesting effect to be sure, though the prospect of tourists laughing and shrieking excitedly as they simulate of one of the world’s worst tragedies does seem a bit cringeworthy. Sort of like a Slip ‘N Slide modeled after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.