One Piece Manga Inspires Theme Park Plans in China
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The People's Daily Online newspaper reported on Monday that the One Piece manga and anime series inspired plans for a theme park in the city of Dafeng in China's Jiangsu Province. According to the Chinese newspaper, 500 million yuan (about US$79 million) will be invested in the project.
The One Piece theme park will be constructed on a 133-hectare (about 329-acre) plot of land. Planned attractions include themed restaurants and an anime research center.
The project aims to promote the development of Dafeng's already prominent tourism industry. The city is home to Dafeng Harbor, a major international port that took over ten years to complete.
Various Japanese resorts and parks have also featured One Piece attractions. The The Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture unveiled a replica of the franchise's Thousand Sunny pirate ship for short cruises last year. Osaka's Universal Studios Japan amusement park also held the "One Piece Premier Summer" event in 2011. The Laguna Gamagori resort in Aichi Prefecture hosted the "One Piece Memorial Log in Lagunasia" theme park attraction in 2010.
[Via Temple Knights]