Sydney to open Forbidden City; Chinese-themed amusement park on the way

by Alister POOLE on December 3, 2012

Australia’s iconic Opera House will¬† be joined by a brand new landmark after a local council gave plans for a ¬£330 million, Chinese-themed park, which will include a replica of the iconic gates to Beijing’s Forbidden City, the green light.

The sprawling park, set for construction in Wyong Shire, which is located roughly 50 miles to the north of Sydney, is also to feature a new nine-story temple building that accommodates a giant Buddha and a city modelled on typical water towns. Doug Eaton, the local mayor of Wyong Shire, commented that the park, scheduled to open by 2020 at the latest, will become one of Australia’s main tourist attractions.

More specifically, Eaton commented that, away from the Opera House and its accompanying Harbour Bridge, the park has the potential to become New South Wales’ biggest tourist attraction. He then added that the proposal will transform Wyong Shire into a mecca for tourists while bringing in millions of dollars’ worth of tourism revenue to the area.

Wyong Shire’s council has agreed a sale of land to the private company responsible for the project - Australian Chinese Theme Park Pty Ltd. Construction is to start with the construction of the Forbidden City’s gates in 2015.

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