Xiangshan Film and Television City
Xiàngshān Yǐngshì Chéng
Like Hollywood and Universal Studios in America, China also has lots of film studios where movies and TV dramas are made.
Xiangshan Film and Television City is located in the town of Xinqiao, the city of Ningbo, Xiangshan County, Zhejiang Province, and is honored as one of China’s top ten film bases and designated movie and TV shooting bases in China.
The Xiangshan Film and Television City was constructed to serve as the backdrop of the movie “A Couple of Chivalrous Swordspersons and their Supernatural Eagles”. The city is complete with mansions, streets, squares, ponds, caves and lakes and cost about $20 million to build.
To date, the Town has built Shendiao City, Chunqiu City, Journey to the West Area, the economic hotel area, studios and other functionality and supporting infrastructures. Xiangshan Film and Television City was founded in May 2003. Since its official opening in 2005, the movie base has received over 160 film and TV crews and 4.3 million visitors, including famous crews from, Condor Heroes, Sacrifice, The Four, The Last Supper and The Lion Roars.
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The Xiangshan Film and Television City is one of the top tourist destinations of the Ningbo district in east China. Here, tourists can bask in the view of the Lingyan Mountain, as well as other natural sceneries in the area.
Located 87 miles from Ningbo, the Xiangshan Film and Television City occupies a land space of 421 acres. It is protected by two-gated walls measuring 1,312 feet long, 20 feet wide and 33 feet high.
It was the first project by the architectural company, Qianyunxuan Transportation Planning and Design Firm in full accordance with the Song Dynasty style. The Shendiao City covers an area of 4,305,564 square feet. This includes the main Gate, Xiangcheng area, mountain area, lake area and scenic spots. Including six partitioned walls, forming the ancient battlefield, a workshop area, the village street, Guiyun Village, land of the Dead Tomb, Lu Village, Xiangyang City, yurts and other scenic spots with more than 160 single buildings. Also there is the layout of the five major courts, with the largest man-made banyan forest in the country, covering an area of 15,070 square feet. Plus a man-made cave covered 37,674 square feet. The great ancient battlefields, are of the greatest scale in the country.
The second investment of $40 million, covers an area of 490 acres, including the Chunqiu City, Journey to the West Area, the economic hotel area, and studios. The Chunqiu City, covers an area of 152 acres with a storefront buildings area of 462,848 square feet. It is one of the most perfect of backgrounds for filming in the country. The Journey to the West Area, an area of 90 acres, is an important scene spot in the new "Journey to the West" by director Zhang Jizhong, including the Water Curtain Cave, Pantao Garden, Bones Ridge, holes and other bones of the dead which is popular in "Journey to the West" series.
The economic hotel area and studio is to meet the requirements of the staff, located in the northwest of the Shendiao City. The economic hotel has a building area of about 139,931 square feet, 87 rooms, kitchen facilities and restaurant. Also, there is a VIP building, with both standard rooms and suites, along with a studio construction area of about 41,786 square feet.
The Xiangshan Film and Television City is known all throughout China as it was named the “Long Triangle Weekend Leisure Travel Hot Scenic Spot” in 2006, “The Provincial Film and TV Production Base” of 2007 and “Ningbo’s Culture Demonstration Base” in 2008.
The Xiangshan Film and Television City is said to be inspired by Song Dynasty architecture. Because of its traditional edifices and structures, filmmakers who want to produce movies in the settings of ancient Chinese times will benefit from the Han, Qin, Tang, Qing, Ming and of course, Song dynasty architecture of the city.
Xiangshan Film and Television City is affluent in scenes and themes because of its unique and abundant architectural designs in which you can shoot the latest dynasties like Ming or Qing as well as the old dynasties like Chunqiu, Qin, Han, Tang or Song. You can find the appropriate scenes of every historical period. You can also shoot all kinds of ancient building interiors, such as official, residential or commercial streets. You can film movies of different themes or styles like movies about citizens, heroics with Kung Fu or any of the ancient wars.
A lot of film super stars frequently appear at Xiangshan Film and Television City. You can rub elbows with them with no obstruction in the scenes and attend the nonscheduled meetings at the movie base. At present, watching a movie shooting, taking photos with super stars, asking for the super stars' signatures and communicating with super stars have been a part of the movie base's major attractions.
For its beautiful landscapes and backgrounds, Xiangshan Film and Television City was hailed as one of the top 10 film and television bases in China. The citation is but appropriate, as many movies have chosen the Xiangshan Film and Television City as their backdrops. Other films that have used the Xiangshan Film and Television City as their environments are “The Jinggang Mountain,” “The Boy is Really Cool,” “National Hero Wu Shilai,” “The Boundary of Life and Death, “The Great Qin Dynasty, “The Resister,” “The Four Great Seizers,” “The Wiser,” “The Legend of Li Bing” and “The Happy Marshall, to name a few.”
Zhang Jizhong, the international famous director, engaged to design the huge television works with artistic techniques. Within a few months, the great television work, The Lovers and a Magic Eagle, was finished. In the next two years, other great works where filmed in succession such as, Bi Xue Jan, Shao Nian Yang Jia Jiang, Fen Shen Bang, Xue Ren Gui Chuan Qi, Da Ming Dynasty, Zhang Juzheng, Shui Hu Ren Wu Pu, The Boy Is Really Cool, The Jinggang Mountain, Luan Shi Ming Hao, Da Tang You Xia Zhuan, National Hero Wu Shilai, Chang Jia 1 Hao, Xian Jian Qi Xia Zhuan 3, Xiong Mao Da Xia, The Boundary Of Life And Death, Shui Hu, The Great Qin Dynasty, The Resister, Kai Tian Pi Di, The Four Great Seizers, The Legend Of Li Bing, The Wiser, The Happy Marshal, He Dong Shi Hou 2, The King's Feast, Xuan Yuan Jian, Hu Xian and more.
Reliving the Movie Experience
As it has been said, the Xiangshan Film and Television City served as the backdrop for the movie “A Couple of Chivalrous Swordspersons and their Supernatural Eagles.” If you are a fan of this blockbuster hit, you can relive the experience of the actors and actresses by visiting these areas;
- Passionless Valley – The main characters of the movie, Xiao Long and Yang Guo, made a vow with each other that they will at the Passionless Valley. They did meet after 16 years, and from then on they lived happily ever after.
- Mysterious Living Death Grave – According to the book version of movie “A Couple of Chivalrous Swordspersons and their Supernatural Eagles,” the Mysterious Living Death Grave is the most enigmatic place in Chongyang Palace. Wang Chongyang honed his fighting skills in this location.
What to do
Tourists should visit the main street of Xiangshan Film and Television City, which spans 394 feet long. Here, visitors can commune with retailers and sellers nestled in Song Dynasty-inspired structures. Tourists will enjoy the jousting competition that is usually held in the main stem, as they sip tea, beer or any other beverage of their choice.
With the increasing popularity of Xiangshan Film and Television City, the film crews increase annually. Tourists increase steadily year after year. In 2006, tourism has reached 250,000 people. Currently, Xiangshan Film and Television City already has received tourists from home and abroad in excess of 1 million people.