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Titanic exhibition tours in Shanghai


13:27, January 10, 2013

An exhibition about the luxury passenger liner, Titanic, that sank on its maiden voyage 100 years ago has opened at the former Expo park in the Pudong district of Shanghai. (Xinhua)

The Titanic was once the subject a film that won 11 Academy Awards. Now, an exhibition about the luxury passenger liner that sank on its maiden voyage 100 years ago has opened at the former Expo park in the Pudong district of Shanghai. The show features nearly 300 memorabilia items recovered from the wreckage of the famous ship. ICS reporter Song Wenjing has the highlights.

The porcelain, jewelry, and a pack of cards that passengers used on their final night aboard the Titanic, all give visitors insights into the shipwreck a century ago. The nearly 300 items were selected from more than 5,000 artifacts retrieved during eight recovery expeditions to the Titanic. Visitors can also see the actual window frame from the Titanic’s cafe, and even smell the perfume in some personal belongings.

Lithuanian visitor Julius Eaujotas said, I’m just impressed by the artifacts. You know the original ones that were brought from the bottom of the sea. I think it’s quite interesting. Because it was one of the most notorious accidents in the shipping history, so I think it’s also quite important to impact on the European and American culture.

Visitor Yang Zhenning said, “I think the personal belongings displayed put a very human face on the exhibition - the feeling of humanity, the feeling of compassion that passengers displayed towards one another regardless of social class.”

Reporter: “It takes about 45 minutes to walk through the exhibition. It includes artifacts from the shipwreck, this replica of the grand staircase of Titanic, as well as a first-class suite and a third-class cabin.”

You may still remember this scene from the blockbuster movie Titanic, when Jack and Rose meet. Organizers say the design of the staircase was influenced by both the film and the actual staircase on the ship. To give visitors a closer connection to the events of a century ago, each ticket is printed with the name of one of the ship’s passengers. Visitors can then find that name on the memorial wall inside the exhibition and learn more about who that person was, and why he or she was aboard.

Tom Ford, technical director of Premier Exhibitions, said, “The clock here says 11:30 pm April 14. As we stand here we are minutes from hitting the iceberg itself and sinking. The way the organization is we want you to walk in the same shoes as the passengers that were on the Titanic, and be in the grand staircase moments before tragedy, and feel the apprehension that the passengers and crew are going to feel in the next few rooms.”

The exhibition has already attracted more than 25 million visitors around the globe in places like Australia, Thailand and Singapore. Organizers say they expect some 150 to 200,000 visitors in Shanghai before the show closes on April 30.

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