Wyong Shire, about 60 kilometers north of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, plans to build a Chinese-themed park featuring a full-size replica of Beijing's Forbidden City gates, a nine-story temple housing a giant Buddha, and six other themed sections relating to Chinese history and culture.
The AU$500 million (US$521 million) theme park, Warnervale, covering an area of 15.7 hectares, will become the largest tourism attraction in New South Wales, except Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
According to Wyong Mayor Doug Eaton, this project will start in 2015 and is scheduled for completion by 2020. When the park opens, it is projected to bring millions of dollars worth of tourism into the area, and will greatly promote the local tourism industry's development.
The Forbidden City was home to emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). It is recognized as one of the most important palaces in the world, and is the largest ancient palatial structure in the world, attracting many domestic and foreign tourists every year.
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