You might think that a 100-year-old maritime disaster would be an odd subject for a tourist attraction, particularly one located over 900 miles from the nearest open sea, but that’s not enough to stop investors in China. Funded by Seven Star Energy Investment Group, a life-sized replica of the Titanic will be simulating the famous shipwreck for visitors by 2016.
The unusual project will serve as a museum, as well as replicating the experience of travelling aboard the doomed ocean liner. When the creation is completed, several hundred visitors at a time will get the chance to experience what the shipwreck was like- hopefully without the tragedy inherent in the situation.
Although a sad and avoidable accident might seem like a strange choice for entertainment, Seven Star chief executive Su Shaojun stressed the positive message that guests should be able to take from the attraction. “We think it’s worth spreading the spirit of the Titanic. The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent the spiritual richness of human civilization,” Su said.
The disaster, which claimed over 1,500 souls on 15th April 1912, has been firmly cemented in the public consciousness for the past century, influenced in recent years by the record-breaking 1997 movie by James Cameron. Construction of the unusual homage is due to begin early this year and is expected to cost an estimated $164.2 million.