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Pictures: Chinese busy raising the (new) Titanic

By Claire Williamson

The full-size Titanic replica at a theme park in China is taking shape, as these incredible images show work under way on the £105m project.

The replica being built in China's Sichuan province will be a hotel for visitors to the theme park and permanently docked on the Daying Qi river. It is scheduled for completion at the end of this year and to open to the public in 2019.

There had been plans to create an "iceberg experience" which would allow guests to feel what it was like when the ship sank - but the idea was dropped after complaints it would be in bad taste.

The Belfast-built liner sank - with the loss of more than 1,500 lives - on its maiden voyage in April 1912.

Guests will have to spend £315 a night for a cabin, while some rooms will cost more than £11,000.

In addition, there will be Las Vegas-style entertainment, ballroom dancing and pool parties.

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