Heng Dian Studio and The Forbidden City

Updated on December 31, 2018 in Architecture Rumbling 2019

Where is the world’s largest film studio? If your answer is Universal Studios then you’re wrong, Hengdian in southern China is the world’s largest film studio, it is the combined size of Paramount Studios and Universal Studios. This reminds me of the Fake Disneyland in China.

Heng Dian Studio and The Forbidden City
The Fake Forbidden City

Heng Dian Studio and The Forbidden City
The real Forbidden City, source: NPR

Heng Dian Studio and The Forbidden City
The Fake Forbidden City, notice the backdrop? source: NPR

Heng Dian Studio and The Forbidden City
The real Forbidden City, source: NPR

Unlike Hollywood movie sets that uses computer graphics and models, China film industry went abroad and build the entire city, probably because the labor and construction cost is cheaper and not to mention Chinese people are crazy with these sword fighting and martial arts movies, from a personal point of view, these sword fighting movies really turns me off, the special effects are horrible and story lines are simply indigestible, not all of them but only a handful are worth watching.

Heng Dian Studio and The Forbidden City
One of the 18 life size replica sets, source: NPR

Is the Beijing’s Forbidden City the only life size replica? According to source, it is just one of Hengdian’s 18 sets and I believe there would be many more to come, who knows, Hollywood might join in one day, in fact they are joining with the soon to be release ‘The Mummy 3 : Tomb of the Dragon Emperor‘, from what I read in Wikipedia, the opening scene begins with the exploration of the terracotta warriors.

The script was written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, it was about a Chinese mummy (China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang), who wants to take over the world with his army of accursed warriors in 1940.

In the land of dragon where heritage buildings are torn down in a blink of an eye in the name of development, I find it rather ironic and amusing that they are actually building these replica and talk about China’s great past.

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Source: NPR

4 Comments

  1. if i had such opportunity to build something, i’ll rather build houses and schools for those who are less priviledged in our society than build this nonsense

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