According to a press conference from the local tourism bureau in Wuhan, Hubei Province on Tuesday, visitors traveling to the city at the end of this year will be in for an astonishing treat - a giant 1920s-style steamship cruising along the Yangtze River.
Chinese director Fan Yue, who is well-known for teaming up with director Zhang Yimou on the latter’s Impression series of live shows, stated at the press conference that the ship is part of the live multimedia show Zhiyin Hao, which will also feature a recreation of 1920s-style riverside port.
"The ship in the daytime will serve as a museum about Wuhan and feature the city’s own memories of the people who lived there and those who are still living there through old photos, videos and more. But when the night comes at eight, the ship will become a floating theater with different stories taking place on each deck of the ship," he said at the press conference.
Starting from the dock, where visitors are given period-style tickets and a program that looks like a newspaper from the 1920s, the show begins. The ship, which is also called the Zhiyin Hao and is a recreation of an early 19th century Chinese ship the Jianghua, is about 120 meters in length and 15 meters in height with three decks.
According to Fan, his team began working on the story at the end of 2014 and finished in May of this year.