Construction has begun on a life-size recreation of the Titanic—complete with a giant iceberg.
The recreation is part of Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort, an upcoming resort along China’s Qijang River in Sichuan. The resort will feature a replica of the ship that will put on a show for visitors, recreating the moment the Titanic struck an iceberg.
“The Unsinkable Titanic” ride is the “world's only life-size Titanic remake,” according to the resort.
The simulation will feature lights and sound effects to transport visitors back to the ill-fated moment that caused the deaths of 1,500 people.
Against online criticism of turning the 1912 tragedy into a tourist attraction, the group behind the project has said that the recreation will be done in a “very respectful way.” There will be a screen playing the 1997 hit “Titanic,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet onboard the replica.
“We are not building every room in the ship, by any means, but the shell of the ship and the exteriors will be quite accurate,” Curtis Schnell, a Hollywood production designer who is working on the project as a Titanic design expert, told Reuters. “There will be interior rooms to be able to tour and see from the standpoint of historical accuracy.”
In addition to the cruiseliner, the resort will have a museum dedicated to the sinking of the Titanic, a man-made beach, “6D” movie theater, and recreations of European churches and castles.
The new Titanic will cost about $145.31 million to build. The project is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2017.
This has been a hot year for Titanic reproductions. Earlier this year, Blue Star Line, an Australian cruise line, announced that they are also building a replica of the Titanic, called Titanic II. The ship will be a near-exact replica of the original ship, complete with first class state rooms, grand staircase and an Edwardian-style gym. That ship is scheduled to set sail in 2018.