The RMS Titanic just keeps on sinking!
BELFAST _ The Titanic keeps on sinking and Belfast City Councilor Jim Rodgers has had enough. Last year, an Australian announced plans for the Titanic II, a cruise liner modeled on the original. Now comes news from China about a Titanic theme park, including a life-size replica of the Titanic and the special effects of a shuddering ship evoking the moment on April 12, 1912, when the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank.
The Chinese Titanic will cost $165 million and open in 2016 in Sichuan province, 1,000 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Rodgers thinks it is “over the top and distasteful. 1,500 people lost their lives on the Titanic. Every year on April 15, outside the City Hall at the Titanic memorial, we have a service with people from all walks of life, including many relatives of those who sadly died.”
Su Shaojun, head of Seven Star Energy Investment Group that funds the theme park project, told Reuters, “The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent the spiritual richness of human civilization.” So there!
Hundreds will feel what it was like aboard the RMS Titanic, said Hu. “When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble. We’ll let people experience water coming in by using sound and light effects. They will think, ‘The water will drown me, I must escape with my life!’”
Alternatively, you can go to the theme park’s man-made beach, visit its “6D” movie theater or be amazed by copies of a Venetian church and European castles.