Jackie Chan's Theme Park Sure Sounds Sappy

Jackie Chan's Theme Park Sure Sounds Sappy

You'd think if an action star like Jackie Chan opened a theme park, it would be an exciting, rock'em sock'em experience. Well, then you'd be wrong.

According to The Malaysian Times (via USA Today), Jackie Chan plans to build a theme park in Beijing called JC World. The two square kilometre park will house personal items from Chan's collection, including furniture and jewellery.

The park will have five different paths, each with different themes and "cultural experiences". Chan is donating antique Chinese buildings he had restored, which actually does sound interesting.

Entrance will be free, but some sections of the park will require paid admission. "60 per cent of the park will be free, 40 per cent will be ticketed," said Chan, "with the money used to maintain the antique buildings."

"I was very poor when I was a child, so when I had money later on, I bought all sorts of things and went around the world collecting them," said Chan. "I want to exhibit all my stuff. They may not all be worth a lot of money, but they may have a story behind them."

So... Jackie Chan's sentimental crap? That's fine if it's the free part!

Jackie Chan to build new theme park in Beijing [The Malaysian Times via USA Today via Global Times via Beijing Cream]


    Sounds fair. More like an open air museum than a theme park, really.

    "Jackie Chan’s sentimental crap"

    The most offensive thing I have seen all week.

      Indeed. From what I understand, Mr Chan owns quite a lot of rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts.. he has been in the news many times about such topics being the sole curator for these things.. so if he is putting such things into this museum, it might be actually quite good and certainly not "sentimental crap"..

        IT WAS A JOKE!

        Besides, since when does everyone have to have the same views as you?

    At least they haven't applied freemium pricing to the museum.
    "You have exhausted all your museum tokens. You will get more tokens in 30 minutes, or you can buy more now."

    Jackie is VERY pro Govt, so much so he says things like:
    “People scold China, they scold leaders, or anything else they like. They protest against everything,” said Mr. Chan. “There should be rules to determine what people can protest about and on what issues they can’t protest about.”
    “I don’t know whether it’s better to have freedom or to have no freedom. With too much freedom, it can get very chaotic.” He also said that Chinese people “need to be controlled,” (apparently this last one was taken out of context)

    To me Jackie Chan is like Tom Cruise, I enjoy his movies but his views on the outside world ... not so much.

      And hence why people don't understand China because they can't put their own worldview to the side to understand it. To compare Mr Chan with a loony like Tom Cruise is naive.

      Both of these quotes are taken out of context.. and that context is only understood with a Chinese worldview.

        Maybe naive on the comparison. But I am sure Ai weiwei and others like him would disagree with what Jackie Chan has said about speaking out against the Govt.

    Way to complain about free admission, Mr Ashcraft...

    Best thing: donating BUILDINGS.

    Having been to some locations in China where they've done this, it's bizarre, and incredible. Theme park is really a bad phrase - it's a literal, conceptual translation - the open air museum concept is far more accurate.

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