Jackie Chan to Build a Theme Park after Opening his Museum

October 26, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. artifact [AHR-tuh-fakt] (n.) – an object made by a human, like tools, weapons, or ornaments
Example: Archeologists found some gold and silver artifacts in the cave.

2. set in stone [set - in - stohn] (idiom.) – to emphasize the permanence of something
Example: Anna backed out of the project since it is not yet set in stone.

3. populous [POP-yuh-luhs] (adj.) – characterized with a large population
Example: The place I visited is not populous as you can see only a few houses.

4. memorabilia [mem-er-uh-BIL-ee-uh, -BIL-yuh] (n.) – things kept because of their sentimental value or because they are associated with some important event or person
Example: The memorabilia of the late superstar is displayed in the museum.

5. donate [DOH-neyt, doh-NEYT] (v.) – to give something for a good cause
Example: The proceeds of the movie will be donated to a charity for children.


Read the text below.
Renowned martial arts star Jackie Chan has recently revealed his plan to establish his own theme park, which he named after himself, in Beijing, China.  

The Jackie Chan World park will be constructed in Yizhuang, a suburb in Beijing. It will include five different areas that will display Chan’s personal collections and artifacts for visitors and fans to see.

Visitors do not need to pay upon entering the theme park. However, certain attractions may require fees, which Chan intends to use to keep the theme park in good condition. Right now, things are not really set in stone as no grand opening date has been announced yet.

The announcement of the theme park came after the superstar told the public that his museum is set to open this year in Shanghai, China’s most populous city. It will be located within the Changfeng Ecological Business District (CEBD) in Putuo district near the Suzhou Creek.

The construction of the museum began in 2008. The said museum will include a gallery of Chan’s movie costumes and other assorted memorabilia collected throughout his career.

Sharing his memorabilia and collections in the park and the museum may show how Jackie Chan has grown as a person. Although he wanted to buy everything when he was young, he now wants to donate whatever he has. He also stressed that the happiness of everyone outweighs the happiness of a single person. 

Aside from being occupied with the theme park and the museum, Jackie Chan is also currently busy with his acting career. He also spends his time directing and producing films.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Would you be interested in visiting Jackie Chan's theme park once it is established? Why?
·         Do you think it is a good idea for Jackie Chan to put up a theme park? Please explain your answer.

Discussion B

·         In your opinion, how would the Chinese people feel about Jackie Chan’s plan? Why do you think so?
·         How do you think Jackie Chan's theme park can affect China and its economy?


October 26, 2013