This week's biggest China news story is, undoubtedly, the tour ferry that flipped over in the Yangtze on Monday night, which may have led to the deaths of hundreds. It has been a harrowing few days for those following the catastrophe - and, from the looks of things, those days will soon turn from worrying to mourning.
In other words, it's reeeeally bad timing for a Chinese billionaire to roll out his new Titanic simulator.
"They [the visitors] will think: 'The water will drown me. I must escape with my life," describes Su Shaojun, the billionaire CEO of Seven Star Energy Co, an utter class act who totally isn't going to traumatize a nation by talking about hundreds of people drowning on a cruise ship.
Ticket's to Su's stupendous ship-tacular will go on sale later this month, the cheapest (Leo-class) going for RMB3,000/night - no word on what it costs to bunk in Rose's quarters, but it shouldn't take any more than some charcoal pencils and good luck to get there. (Remember what we learned from Cameron's Titanic: rich bad, poor good.)
According to The Telegraph, each ticket comes with "the same food those who traveled on the ill-fated 1912 voyage [ate]," and the ship will even collide into an artificial iceberg and sink.
China's worst boating disaster in 70 years isn't enough to stop Su Shaojun from delaying his project - after all, nothing stops the Titanic! (Except, well, icebergs.)