Tourists flock to Hengdian studios
An aerial view of the Guangzhou Street & Hong Kong Street Scenic Area at Hengdian World Studios at dusk. [Photo/IC]
Tourists are flocking to the Guangzhou Street & Hong Kong Street Scenic Area at Hengdian World Studios to enjoy the immersive drama performances being put on there every night. The performances are meant to emulate various scenes from period movies.
Hengdian World Studios, located in Dongyang city, Zhejiang province, is the world's largest film and TV drama shooting base. The studios not only draw in hundreds of crews every year and make around one quarter of all Chinese movies and one third of the country's TV series, but also attract millions of movie-goers interested in where their favorite movies and TV shows are made. Hengdian World Studios has been rated as a 5A-level tourist attraction, the highest grade for scenic areas in China.
The Guangzhou Street & Hong Kong Street Scenic Area, one of the busiest places at the studios, was built in the late 1990s mainly to film urban stories taking place before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
Hengdian World Studios suspended all production and closed to the public on Jan 27 due to the coronavirus outbreak. With COVID-19 now waning in China, its filming locations began reopening in late March and it has seen a surge in traffic over the past two months.