Ambitious plans have been unveiled to convert a former opencast coal mine near Rotherham in the UK into a £100 million theme park that would celebrate Chinese culture.
The backers of the Visions of China project claim that it would be the world's first Chinese theme park, and would include a hotel, shops and restaurants alongside more exotic attractions such as a Shaolin Pagoda, a hotel and a "wellbeing centre". It would sit on the site next to Rother Valley Country Park, which already has outline planning permission for a large leisure scheme (the abandoned Yes! complex).
Former Alton Towers marketing executive Peter Moore is among the project's developers, along with regeneration firm MCD Developments. It is claimed that Visions of China could attract as many as 1.5 million visitors a year, with Rotherham Council having given its initial backing to the scheme.
Full proposals are yet to be submitted to the council, which hopes that the theme park will attract visitors from across Britain and Europe.