No, you're not reading a headline from The Onion -- at a press conference in Hong Kong this week, Chinese investment executive Su Shaojun announced plans to build the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, a theme park featuring a life-sized replica of the Titanic, complete with a museum and a simulator that recreates the sinking for visitors.
Reuters reports that the Chinese version of the Titanic will cost an estimated 1 billion yuan ($165 million) and open in 2016; construction will start this year. It will be built based on the design of the ill-fated ocean liner's sister ship, the Olympic, and be permanently docked on the Qi River -- more than 900 miles from the nearest ocean, in the landlocked province of Sichuan.
Why build a copy of the Titanic? Because Asia needs its own Titanic museum, Su told reporters. "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 that his company, the Seven Star Energy Investment Group, aims to recreate every detail of the ship as authentically as possible -- including the sinking.