Beijing will start the construction of a Universal Studios theme park this year, it was recently announced. Approved by the authority in September 2014, the theme park is expected to be finished and open to the public in 2019.
The newly-updated construction plan for the park in Beijing covers a construction area of 2.02 million square meters and a total investment of 50 billion RMB (7.98 billion US dollars). Located in Tongzhou, a Beijing suburb, it will be the sixth Universal Studios theme park in the world and the third in Asia.
Alongside with the theme park, Tongzhou also announced that it will develop resorts and other entertainment facilities that match with the need of potential tourists. The park is expected to boost local tourism and help promote its international image.
According to a Tongzhou official, the design of the new theme park will contain Chinese cultural elements as a highlight to attract foreign tourists. The chief executive of Universal Resorts, Tom Williams, has also expressed his wish to “build relationships with the Chinese people on a direct and personal level” through the park. As China Daily reported, the park in Beijing will be the first one that allows visitors to experience an action-packed entertainment and watch a behind-the-scene process of film producing.
Aside from the Universal Studios in Beijing, China is also expecting a Disneyland Park and DreamWorks ‘Dream Center’ in Shanghai, due to be finished in 2015 and 2017 respectively. (Although Disneyland seems to be facing a little delay in its construction.)
By Shirley Zhang