Kung Fu superstar Jackie Chan plans to build a theme park called JC World in the city’s Yizhuang district for the exhibition of his personal collections.
Chan said the park would be about three-quarters of a square mile in size and feature five sections; each with a different theme, offering visitors a variety of cultural experiences.
“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.”
The actor did not elaborate as to whether the park would include roller-coasters, rides, and games, similar to standard amusement parks around the globe, but he did say he would exhibit items from the personal collection of artefacts he has amassed over the course of his four-decade career, such as special furniture, antique houses and jewelry. “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,” he added.
Chan has a collection of 10 historic Chinese sandalwood houses, which he bought in the country’s Anhui province during the 1990s. He recently donated three of the relics to Singapore University of Technology and Design – and was instantly blasted by Chinese social media users, who insisted the historic homes belonged in China. The comic actor and martial artist said he would exhibit the remaining antique structures in JC World.
Chan said the park will have no entrance fee, but some attractions will be ticketed.
“Sixty percent of the park will be free, 40 percent will be ticketed, with the money used to maintain the antique buildings,” he explained. “I am not short on money.”
Earlier this year, Chan’s Chinese action spy film CZ12 grossed $138 million at the Chinese box office. He is currently at work on The Expendables 3, in which he’ll appear with fellow action veterans Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, and others.
Jackie Chan will clock 60 in 2014 and will be celebrating the occasion in Beijing with friends and fans from all over the world. His plans for the big occasion include a charity peace concert, and a fan club party.
Jackie Chan, is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. He is one of the few actors to have performed all of his film stunts. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.