Hengdian Movie City

The super-scale movie city is based in Hengdian Town of Dongyang. Surrounded by picturesque and poetic landscape, the cinematic locations site is built with investment from Hengdian Group, a giant township enterprise in China.

The 200-hectare movie and television base comprises various real-size replicas for all kinds of movie shooting. There is a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Replica Watches Guangzhou Town that showcases the 19th century southern Guangdong's urban scene, streets in the architectural style of the Ming and the Qing dynasties, the Qin Dynasty palace, ancient folk houses, a location for gunfight scenes, a location for martial arts performances, old-time Hong Kong streets and the ancient Chinese urban scene based on a famous ancient painting called Qingmingshanghetu. There are a complete range of service facilities that serve large movie and television programs, such as a training center for actors and actresses, post-production center, and hotels.

Since the base was operational, it has attracted top-class movie directors such as Xie Jin, Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige to shoot movies here and has become the largest movie-shooting center in China. The center has become a hot tourist attraction for visitors from home and abroad and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Jinhua.

Guangzhou Town
Built for the Opium War, a colossal historical movie, the scene includes a 30,000-square-meter river section that mimics the Pearl River, streets in Guangzhou in 1840, an inner-city river, 13 foreign houses located on the Pearl River and a dock. The whole area is 21 hectares with a construction area of 20,000 square meters. The scene reproduces such structures as the customs and the docks in Guangzhou, the 13 foreign buildings which were actually consulates and business headquarters of 13 western powers. The buildings are in various architectural styles. So far more than 100 movies have been shot here.

Qin Palace Compound
The palace occupies an area of 220,000 square meters with a construction are of 110,000 square meters. The scene is composed of the Qin Royal Palace and the Huayang Platform. 

The magnificent palace comprises the Unification Hall which is divided into the front, center and back halls, in addition to east and west side halls, and east and west corridors. The palace is superbly majestic and grandiose. A flight of 99-stairs leads from the gate to the palace. It spans more than 600 meters from the front end to the back end. The square in front of the palace can contain more than 10,000 people. On the west of the palace towers the Huayang Platform replica where, according to history, the crown prince of the Yan Kingdom ascended the throne. 

The large-scale compound is so incredible that only seeing is believing. Jin Ke the Assassin, a movie directed by Chen Kaige, was shot here. The deputy producer Bai Yu commented: "The Qin Palace in Hengdian is unequaled anywhere else in China. For the next 10 to 15 years, there will be no such a palace in China on this scale and in this majestic style".

Ancient-styled Folk Houses
The folk houses number more than 280 that cluster into a village near a tea terrace hugged by hills. Built of timber on a sloping terrace, all the houses are in the ancient architectural style and not a single iron nail is used to put these wood pieces together. Beams and pillars are joined together by wood plugs. Sculpted windows and doors show carvings of men and women figures engaged in farming work such as ploughing and attending silkworms, and kids frolicking. Two-storied houses absorb natural daylight through translucent roof tiles. Each house has a courtyard and a deep well. Houses are linked with each other by a pebbled path. Pan Zhizhong, producer of Zuo Zongtang, has experiences with searching ups and downs in China for an ideal place for shooting a movie that tells a story of the Qing Dynasty. He comments that this is the most ideal for such a movie. A tourist sightseeing in the village can feel as if time carried him back to Shangri-La of the past.

Dazhi Zen Temple as a Kongfu Movie Scene
Historically, the temple was one of the renowned Buddhist sanctuaries south of the Yangtze River. Now restored to its ancient glory, the temple now has the Great Lord Hall, the Heavenly King Hall, the Gate Hall, The King of Medicine Hall, Three-Saints Hall, King of Hell Hall, 500-Arhats Hall, Bell Tower, Drum Tower Dining Room, Abbot Office, a tea Room, a Buddhist articles exchange office and a guesthouse. The building area of the temple measures 20,000 square meters. The main hall stands at 45.05 meters with a Sakyamuni statue sitting 28.88 meter tall, the tallest indoor sitting Buddha in China. A quiet place surrounded by natural beauty, the temple is ideal for shooting Kongfu movies. Shaolin Tongzi Kongfu and many other movies have been shot here.

Streets of the Ming and the Qing style
This location is the largest one in the center, occupying an area of 87 hectares. All the structures, such as archways, long corridors, pavilions and houses, are built with the strictest attention paid to the details of overall patterns and minute shapes. 

The streets embody the best of the Ming and Qing dynasty's architectural wonders of folk houses. The red archways, the over-water stage, the new-moon corridor, the double lotus pavilion, the zigzagging corridor are very delightful to look at. The 100-pagoda garden showcases stone pagodas of different Chinese styles as tourists can marvel at these nicely positioned pagodas. The ancient residences such as Rui'an Hall and Ruizhi Hall fully reproduce the best art of wood sculpture, stone sculpture, and brick sculpture created by craftsmen in Dongyang. These buildings combine to present the folk traditions in the ancient times. This zone, a place where movie shooting activities concentrate, attracts many tourists every day.

Gunfight Location
This location is situated at a labyrinthic terrain of the Mount Pingyan Cave where there are many covert shelters and thick tall bamboo groves and woods, therefore ideal for gunfight scenes. Next to the site are the 1000-year-old Guanding Temple and 8-side Mountain on the east which resembles Mount Fuji in Japan. These neighboring sceneries also help make the location more desirable for shooting gunfights. It has appeared many a television plays made in Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Japan.

Old Town of Hong Kong
Hengdian Movie and Television Center boasts an 80,000-square-meter area which reproduces part of 19th-century streets in Hong Kong. On this location, you can see real-size replicas of the old Hong Kong's villages in the New Territories, HSBC, governor's house, St. John's Cathedral, an Indian Bank, and Victoria Barrack. When you walk down Pedder Street, Connaught Road, Queen's Road, and Statue Square, you would feel as if you were in Hong Kong of the 19th century. The first part of a 30-episod TV series was shot here.

Qingmingshanghetu Painting
This location is an ancient painting masterpiece translated into reality. The original painting, drawn by Zhang Zeduan of the Song Dynasty, vividly captures the prosperous life in the capital city of the great empire. The total location covers an area of 162,500 square meters, composed of the mayor's office, villages, and urban streets, folk houses, downtown shopping area, and entertainment zones. The location is divided into 12 sections, each centering around a unique building such as the Fan Tower, the City Gate, Rainbow Arch Bridge over the Bian River, the Military Actions Assignment Platform, the Opera Stage, The Fandan Temple, and Kaifeng Town Hall. These individual buildings combine to reproduce the ancient urban life in the Song Dynasty's capital. A TV series jointly produced by Beijing Movie Studio and a Taiwan movie studio has been shot here.


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