Being awarded the title of “China’s Hollywood” by an American magazine’s Hollywood report, Hengdian World Studios has become China’s large-scale film and tourism leisure resort with a unique charm. It is the largest Chinese studio to be recorded in the world’s record association and has created several world records. Since 1996, more than 500 movies and TV shows have been filmed in Hengdian World Studios.
Having gathered the movie and television shooting base with regional characteristics of the south and the north and two super-large modern studios, Hengdian World Studios has now become the largest shooting base across the country, and even in Asia, and it consists of seven scenic zones. As the biggest film shooting base in Hedian TV and Film City, the Ming and Qing Imperial Court Scenic Zone was built in 1998. It’s a comprehensive scenic area with film shooting, tourism and festival celebrations combined into one. ‘Curse of the Golden Flower’ and ‘Deer and Cauldron’ were shot there. Qin Imperial Palace Scenic Zone is designed based on the original Xiyang Palace of the Qin Dynasty (presently known as Xian Palace), where the famous films such as ‘Jing Ke’s Assassination Attempt of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’ and ‘Hero and Master of Kung Fu’ were shot. Pure Moon Festival Riverside Scenic Zone is modeled on the painting by Zhang Zeduan, and it fully takes into consideration the social background, folk customs and architectural style of the Song Dynasty. It’s the birthplace of such popular films as ‘Lotus Lamp’ and ‘Legend of the Divine Sword and Wizardly Knight-Errant’. With a history of 1,500 years, Dazhi Temple Scenic Area features the tallest indoor statue of Shakyamuni, which is in a magnificent condition after renovations. Films such as ‘Two Peerless Heroes’ and ‘Living Buddha Qigong’ were produced in the scenic area. Vividly displaying the urban streetscape of Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the 19th century, the Guangzhou and Hong Kong Street Scenic Zone was the spot used for filming ‘Opium War’ and ‘Yongzheng Monarch’. Rocky Grotto Scenic Area enjoys the fame of being the "Premier Fairyland in South China", and it’s a blessed paradise for Taoists. One of the studio’s largest buildings is the Imperial Palace Building built in the Early Chinese Dynasty style to mimic those in the Qin and Han period. That area is still frequently used to shoot movies based on these eras. Internationally acclaimed director Zhang Yimou used this building as the backdrop for the Emperor Qin’s palace for his 2002 movie Hero.
The rising TV and film industry has increased the development of the tourism industry in Hengdian, resulting in a number of hotels, amusement parks, night clubs, performance centers and fitness centers having been built to meet the demands of the visitors with various interests.
Combining North China’s cultural element with that of South China, Hengdian World Studios attract not only directors from far and near to look for views for their films but also many tourists for just sightseeing. Tourists can experience the movies and television and enjoy the fun, and in Hengdian the nightlife is colorful. Markets and streets are very prosperous. Bookstores, Internet bars and teahouses can be found everywhere. Snacks and food with different flavors, such as southern and northern ones, can be found in the restaurants and in the street. People can choose any kind they like.