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China's Titanic replica will simulate maritime tragedy for entertainment

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'It's been approached in a very delicate and a very sensitive way.'

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The sinking of the Titanic: perhaps the most well-known maritime disaster ever, and the subject of a planned new attraction in China's Sichuan Province. The Seven Star Energy Investment Group group plans to pump up to ¥1 billion Chinese ($165 million) into the project, most of which will go towards building a life-sized replica of the infamous "unsinkable ship."

"When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble."

Not just a morbid replica, the ship, which will be permanently moored on the Qi river, will act as a museum that educates people on the disaster and also allow them to experience the grandeur of the lost ship. One of the main attractions will be an advanced "6D" simulator that will show hundreds of people at a time what it was like to be aboard the ship when it struck an iceberg. The Guardian quotes the Seven Star Investment Group CEO Su Shaojun's rundown of the simulator: "When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble ... 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.'"

The replica is based on designs for one of the Titanic's sister ships, the Olympic, and is scheduled for completion in two years time. Present at its announcement was Hollywood production designer Curtis Schnell, who worked on the design, and Bernard Hill, the British actor that played the ship's captain in James Cameron's 1997 film adaption of the disaster. Asked about the sensitivity of the project, Hill, who says he was not paid beyond expenses for his appearance, said the attraction was "approached in a very delicate and a very sensitive way and they are very aware of the extent of the disaster in 1912," adding that he doesn't believe it will "belittle" the disaster, which cost the lives of more than 1,500 of its 2,224 passengers and crew.