China based construction company Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has broken ground on a full-scale Titanic replica. The reproduction of the doomed ocean liner, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1912, is being built in rural, landlocked Daying County, Sichuan.
According to the China Daily, the Titanic replica will be used to “boost development of the local tourism sector.” It will eventually be permanently moored at the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort on the Qijiang River.
Not only will the exterior be the same 26,000 tons of steel as the original, but the interior will feature meticulous models of all the lamps, door handles and toilets of its antecedent. Guests can stay overnight on board, take part in period-correct parties and games, and feast on a banquet menu that looks exactly the same as it did more than a century ago. Hopes are the tourist attraction be complete in late 2017.