Residents of Wuhan’s Optics Valley New Technology Development Zone might be surprised to find, wedged amid buildings in a shopping area, a commercial airplane.
According to CCTV, this Boeing 737 (the world’s most common commercial airliner model) is supposed to open in June as a restaurant. It’s been greatly remodeled since its acquisition in Indonesia by a Chinese businessman, but it still retains its cockpit and interior “airplane-like décor.” The project overall is said to have cost some RMB35 million (USD5.3 million).
The plane’s placement might remind some of Hong Kong’s Whampoa Mall, which resembles a large yacht sitting in a residential area. This businessman’s ambitions are shared by a Henan farmer, who’s also currently building his own 737 in hopes to turn it into a restaurant.
This isn't the first restaurant of its kind, either — Air Summit Gourmet Restaurant, housed in an old 737 in the Philippines, regularly attracts curious customers.
[Images via CCTV]