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Universal Studios theme park coming to Beijing

The Chinese government-approved theme park is scheduled to open in 2019

Good news for roller coaster enthusiasts: the Chinese government has approved proposals for a Universal Studios theme park in Beijing, set to open in 2019.

Universal Parks & Resorts announced on Monday that after 13 years of negotiations, plans to build the city’s first major foreign-owned theme park will go ahead.

The $3.3 billion park will initially be spread over 300 acres in Beijing's Tongzhou district, with further plans to expand the park and eventually cover 1,000 acres.

Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts said the theme park will pay 'proper homage to culture in China' and incorporate specific Chinese elements, although there’s no word on what these elements might be.

Universal Beijing will be the third Universal park in Asia, and like its predecessors in Singapore and Japan, will focus on movie attractions, as well as boasting a Universal CityWalk entertainment complex, and the world’s first Universal-themed hotel.

Speculators have guessed that the films incorporated in the park’s attractions may include The Amazing Spider Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, as well as the Harry Potter series.

Duan Qiang, chairman of Beijing Tourism Group and BSH Investment, said: 'Beijing is an ancient cultural city with several great cultural heritage relics. What Beijing lacks is a large-scale entertainment project based on modern technology and modern art.'

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