- The Washington Times - Monday, January 13, 2014

A Chinese company has announced plans to build a full-scale replica of the Titanic to be moored on the Qi River as a tourist attraction.

The Seven Star Energy Investment Group said it would spend roughly $164 million on an exact model of the ill-fated ship that foundered after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912, the New York Times reported.

“We think it’s worth spreading the spirit of the Titanic. The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent the spiritual richness of human civilization,” Su Shaojun, the group’s chief executive, told reporters on Sunday.

The ship will even feature a “6D” shipwreck simulation.

“When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble,” Mr. Su said. “We will 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.’”

Bernard Hill, who played Captain Edward Smith in the 1997 movie “Titanic” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, flew to Hong Kong to show his support for the Chinese replica, the Guardian reported.

“It’s been approached in a very delicate and a very sensitive way and they are very aware of the extent of the disaster in 1912,” he said. “I don’t think it will belittle that disaster.”

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