Check Out This Titanic Replica Being Built in China

Dec 2, 2016

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You’ll soon be able to step foot on the Titanic — well, at least a replica of the doomed ship. Oh, and it’ll be located in a river in a landlocked Chinese province. This week, Chinese workers began building a life-size replica of the RMS Titanic, which began construction in 1909 and sunk in 1912.

SUINING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 30: The keel of Titanic's replica is laid by working staff in a project on November 30, 2016 in Suining, Sichuan Province of China. The Sinking of Titanic Keel Laying Project started in Suining to construct a Titanic's replica and the replica will serve as a cruise boat for visitors around the World to visit and experience after its completion. Camera crew of the United States National Geographic will take pictures and record the entire event of the project. (Photo by VCG/Getty Images)

The replica ship is being built as part of a tourism development in the landlocked province of Sichuan, located more than 745 miles from the sea. It’s expected to cost around $145 million, which is partially funded by Daying county government, and, once completed, it’ll measure 882 feet long and 92 feet wide.

SUINING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 30: Aerial view of the keel of a replica of Titanic on November 30, 2016 in Suining, Sichuan Province of China. The Sinking of Titanic Keel Laying Project started in Suining to construct a Titanic's replica and the replica will serve as a cruise boat for visitors around the World to visit and experience after its completion. Camera crew of the United States National Geographic will take pictures and record the entire event of the project. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Although the construction of the ship began this week, the planning of the project has been ongoing for more than two years. According to one of the financiers of the project, planners had been collecting blueprints of the original RMS Titanic for years in order to recreate an accurate replica of the ship. The final product will feature reproductions of the original RMS Titanic ballroom, theater, swimming pool and rooms, however, not every single room will be replicated.

The project was originally expected to launch in 2017, however, according to The Telegraph, it will most likely be pushed back until at least 2019.

H/T: CNN

Featured image courtesy of VCG/Contributor via Getty Images.

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