Beijing to get Jackie Chan theme park
Shanghai: As construction continues on a Jackie Chan museum in Shanghai, the Chinese action hero has announced plans to build a theme park that will also bear his name.
Spanning two square kilometers, the Jackie Chan World Park will be built in the Beijing suburb of Yizhuang and include
five different areas that will put collections of personal artefacts like jewelry and furniture on display for visitors and fans.
I was very poor when I was a child, so when I had money later on, I bought all sorts of things and went around the world collecting them,” Chan told a group of journalists at a media event.
“I want to exhibit all my stuff. They may not all be worth a lot of money, but they may have a story behind them.”
The new park will also be home to a collection of ancient sandalwood buildings that have been in his possession for years and triggered an angry storm of controversy after he donated a few of them to Singapore University.
The move angered Chinese netizens who claimed the houses were cultural relics and belonged in China.
Chan said the buildings had become a burden and too costly to restore and maintain.
Entry fees and visits to attractions will alternate between being free and ticketed, he said, and money will go towards maintaining the historic buildings.
Meanwhile, Shanghai is also building a 10,000-square meter shrine to the action movie hero in the form of a museum that will include a gallery of his movie costumes and other assorted memorabilia collected throughout his career.
Chan isn’t the only living celebrity to have a theme park built in his honor. Country crooner Dolly Parton also has Dollywood in Tennessee.
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