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A Chinese tech millionaire made all his Trekkie dreams come true when building a HQ for his company, creating a structure fashioned after the USS Enterprise, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Liu Dejian, the founder of Chinese online games developer NetDragon Websoft and board member at Internet giant Baidu, spent $97 million (600 million yuan) on a building that takes it design cues from the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E the Sovereign-class starship that featured in the movies Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis.
Located in the city of Changle, in China’s Fujian province, the six-floor building is 260 meters long and 100 meters wide. The building took four years to complete and opened in May 2014. It was not immediately clear whether the building had a warp drive, holodeck or phaser banks.
Liu, an University of Kansas alumnus, and his company said they had sought permission from CBS, the Star Trek rights holders, before embarking on the unusual building project. “That was their first time dealing with issue like this and at first they thought that it was a joke,” said the company in an email to the WSJ.
The email added: “They realized somebody in China actually did want to work out a building modeled on the USS Enterprise only after we sent the relevant legal documents.”
NetDragon Websoft did not reveal any financial details regarding any deal with CBS.
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