China is building a life-size replica of the Titanic. But this one won’t sink. It’s being built on land 745 miles from the sea in the Sichuan province.
It will feature reproductions of the original Titanic's features, including a ballroom, theater, swimming pool and rooms. The total cost of the project is expected to run to around 1 billion yuan ($145 million).
Finding the original blueprints for the ship was daunting. "After the RMS Titanic sank, nobody saw its complete set of blueprints," Su Shaojun, one of the financiers of the project, told the newspaper. "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."
Walking the decks of the Titanic II will bring history to life. But the fiction question remains: Will guests be able to stand on the bow of the ship like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet did in the movie?