CHINA hasn’t been subtle about its nationwide obsession with the film Titanic – the dramatic tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers aboard an ill-fated ocean liner.
An article in The Wall Street Journal surmised that the country’s fascination could be attributed to how the Chinese are drawn to the reverse-Cinderella tale – a story of a rich man falling for a poor woman, of love trumping all else.
The article also explored the theory of the film standing in stark contrast to China’s money-driven marriage culture, in which many men complain that without a house and a car, they are unable to attract a woman’s affections, as well as her parents’.
Regardless of the many reasons the Chinese love Titanic, one way they’re paying tribute to the film is by constructing a full-scale replica of the ship which will be permanently docked in a reservoir in the Qijang River.
The tourism development is projected to cost around US$145 million and is partially funded by the government of Daying county in the Sichuan province.
The attraction will fully replicate the sunken cruise ship complete with a dining hall, theater, luxury first-class cabins, and a swimming pool. Visitors can also experience simulations of the disaster that caused the ship to sink on its maiden voyage in 1912. Visitors will be able to dine and stay overnight on the ship, according to AP.
Su Shaojun, one of the financiers of the project, told China Daily, “After the RMS Titanic sank, nobody saw its complete set of blueprints.”
He added, “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.”