Stunning Filming Locations in China to Check Out!
It is often said that watching movies is one of the best way of traveling. Before traveling in China, it might surprise you how many places you have already “been to”, I mean through movies. This year go and relive the movie scenes yourself!
Guilin Karst Mountains in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith” (2005)
Guilin got its share of Star Wars locations thanks to its dramatic limestone karst mountains. These shots were composited into the film for the backdrop of the Wookie planet of Kashyyyk. You can either take a bamboo boat ride down the river from Yangshuo or enjoy a glass walkway along the cliff in Ruyi Peak Scenic Spot.
Xitang Water Town in “Mission Impossible III” (2006)
Do you know in which ancient town Tom Cruise is running over roofs and bridges? It is Xitang Water Town located in Jiashan County of Zhejiang Province. This scenic town is over 1000 years-old with its unique waterside covered by corridors and shops. You can find amazing night scenes and bar activities here.
Yangtze River in “The Painted Veil” (2006)
The Painted Veil is a movie about a British doctor fighting a cholera outbreak along the Yangtze River in China while living with his wife. Yangtze River is the longest river in China and the third-longest river in the world. If you prefer to relax and enjoy the watery view for three or four days, then getting on board the Yangtze River cruise could be the right thing to do!
Kashgar Old Town in “The Kite Runner” (2007)
This is the town where some of the movie’s most famous scenes were shot, like the one where the two heroes Amir and Hassan, spend their childhood as well as the pivotal scene of the annual kite-fighting tournament. Once a centerpiece of the ancient Silk Road, Kashgar’s Old City has undergone a lot of change over the past 5 years. You can explore the true Xinjiang life here.
Terracotta Warriors in “The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” (2008)
In this movie, Kungfu maestro Jet Li plays the Dragon Emperor who has been cursed by a witch. In one of the most exciting scenes, the emperor unleashes his terracotta army. Visiting Terracotta Army in Xian is a must, but do not forget to make a miniature clay warrior by yourself after you finish the tour of the museum.
Mount Everest in “2012” (2009)
Do you know where is the last safe place in this movie? It is the Mount Everest in Tibet. On the way to the Everest Base Camp area, you can explore the highest monastery named Rongphu Monastery, right at the foot of the Mount Everest and get to visit the Gyatso Pass at 5248m.
Shanghai in “Her” (2013)
The film tells the story of a lonely writer who falls in love with an artificially-intelligent operating system. Jonze was inspired by Shanghai’s futuristic feel. Shanghai’s diverse architectural heritage is like no other city’s on earth.
Wulong Karst Geological Park in “Transformer: Age of Extinction” (2014)
The location where Optimus Prime restarts the ancient Dinobots is the Wulong Karst Geological Park in Chongqing. This area was listed into the World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. During the visit you will hike some famous spots such as Furong Cave, The Three Natural Bridges, Houping Giant Doline, and many more.
Mount Qingcheng in “Kung Fu Panda 3” (2016)
The Panda Village in Kung Fu Panda 3 is surrounded by bamboo forests, whispering streams and wood houses. You can find the village in real life at the Mount Qingcheng near Chengdu City. This place is a cultural oasis where you can discover more about how Taoism evolved in this area. You will find temples spread around the mountain on the front hill while the back hill is more primitive for hiking.
Macau in “Now You See Me 2” (2016)
As we watched the returning magicians and new cast amazed us with new tricks up their sleeves, it was evident to us that roughly 30 minutes of its plot was set in Macao. It is an exuberantly charming city rich in Chinese and Portuguese blended cultures. Famous for glitz and glamour of lavish casinos alongside dazzling neon lights.
Hong Kong in “Doctor Strange” (2016)
In the movie the Hong Kong was the last Sanctum to be attacked by the Zealots in their crusade against the Masters of the Mystic Arts to unleash the Dark Dimension on Earth. In Hong Kong, you can enjoy swaying along on a double-decker tram, wandering in a Song dynasty village, or simply gazing out at the glorious Victoria Harbour.
Fujian Tulou and Zhangye’s Rainbow Mountains in “Mulan” (2020)
Mulan’s hometown is inspired by the spectacular donut-shaped Fujian Tulou from southern China. You can immerse in the Hakka vibe during the visit to Tulou. The dazzling rainbow Chinese mountains of Zhangye Danxia also make a cameo appearance in Mulan. Zhangye is an ever-shining jewel in Gansu province and also an important port of the famous Silk Road.
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