China started building a full-size replica of Titanic in a landlocked country, nearly 1,200 miles away from the sea. The ship will be constructed as part of a tourism development in the Daying County, which is partially funding the project. The replica of the doomed ship will be permanently docked in a local reservoir in the Qijiang River.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, the ships will measure 882 ft long by 92 ft wide, and it will include all the amazing reproductions of the Titanic, including theater, swimming pool, ballroom, and rooms.
Su Shaojun, the financiers of the project, said: "Many blueprint fragments found their way into the hands of collectors or remained missing. We spent many years collecting the blueprints from many parts of the world and managed to obtain most of them."
Planning of the project has been underway for nearly two years, but building work has started this week. It’s expected that the total cost of the project will be around 1 billion yuan, which equals to $145 million.
Clive Palmer from Australia had an idea of creating a replica of the ship, but the project has been stopped, and media in Australia reported the company working on the Titanic II had suspended the project.
CNN, Daily Mail
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija