Jackie Chan Confirms Plans for Namesake Theme Park in Beijing
Director Jackie Chan attends a photocall for the film "Chinese Zodiac" during the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 18, 2012. Eric Gaillard / Reuters
Theme parks tied to film and entertainment do well since tourists from around the world feel a connection to the attraction. It also helps tie a destination’s brand to a popular star or series. And if that star can kick and punch real good, all the better.
A new theme park dedicated to the actor Jackie Chan is under way in Beijing, according to state media.
Plans for the opening of the Jackie Chan World Park were confirmed by the Hollywood star on his official account of the Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo.
Based in the Beijing suburb of Yizhuang, a former hunting ground for Chinese royalty, the park complex will feature five major themed areas and different cultural exhibition centres showcasing a variety of personal items collected by Chan over the years, including four antique Chinese wooden buildings.
“I wanted to buy everything when I was young, but now I want to donate whatever I have,” he wrote on Weibo.
“One person’s happiness can’t compare to the joy of all, only culture lasts forever,” he added.
No opening date has been confirmed but entrance to the park is expected to be free, with a few ticketed attractions costing extra.
Meanwhile in Shanghai, China’s most populous city, the world’s first Jackie Chan Museum is due to open this year within the Changfeng Ecological Business District (CEBD), in the Putuo district along the Suzhou Creek.
The 10,000 square-metre museum will include a gallery of movie costumes, properties and posters documenting his four-decade film career, a four-storey Italian restaurant and Chan’s own movie studio, according to CEBD officials.
Fans will also be able to meet and chat to Chinese celebrities while having a tour of the studio, Chan, who is from Hong Kong, has publicly said.
The Jackie Chan Museum forms part of the government’s plan to redevelop Shanghai’s Suzhou river bank area.