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China to open Disney theme park

Just days after ending its role as host to the World Expo, China's commercial capital is setting its sights on another big tourism draw - a long-awaited Disney theme park.

The Shanghai city government said in a statement that Walt Disney Corporation and the city government inaugurated a new company to manage the project, expected to cover nearly eight square miles.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the cost is estimated at 25 billion yuan (£2.2 billion).

The city said plans call for the theme park to be a "strong international tourism resort", with a pleasant, low-carbon environment.

Work has already begun on clearing land for the project, expected to be built not far from the city's main international airport in the eastern suburbs.


From Belfast Telegraph