The coastal city of China's Dafeng will soon play host to One Piece fans across the country -- and perhaps, even the globe.
See, China is constructing a new One Piece amusement park. The theme park has a budget of approximately US$76 million and will be built on 133-hectare plot of land.
Unlike previous unlicensed theme parks in China (China Gundam, anyone?), this appears to be an official and approved project. What's more, a Japanese company is overseeing the entire project.
This comes as One Piece's popularity is on the uptick in the Mainland. Last year, the manga began serialization in Chinese newspapers.
Thanks to its coast, woodlands, and wetlands, the area of Dafeng is one of China's biggest tourist attractions. The One Piece theme park could also help the area attract Japanese, Korean, and Western tourists, too. I guess you could say this One Piece theme park will help Dafeng become The King of all the Chinese Tourist Spots.
今度はパクリなし？ 中国上海近郊に「ONE PIECE」のテーマパーク [Excite]