China is loaded with spectacular landscapes and literary & historical sights with stories. For years, many brilliant Hollywood directors have located their movies in China.
1. Avatar was inspired by Yellow Mountain or Zhangjiajie National Forest Park?
Director James Cameron has confirmed that the ‘Hallelujah Mountain’ was created according to Yellow Mountain. But many people have questioned his claim, as this floating mountain, as well as the fantasy world of Pandora is more like being‘filmed at Zhangjiajie’ in Hunan Province.
(Zhangjiajie National Forest Park)
2. 2012 was filmed in the Himalayas
Disaster film 2012 was enormously popular, and leads us to many famous world landmarks. In the southwest of China, the Himalayas is human being’s last hope. The temple ruined by flood in the movie is Rongbuk Monastery, 20km away from Mt. Everest, and the world’s highest temple above sea level.
3. Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith was film in Guilin, Guangxi
Director George Lucas is addicted to Chinese landscape. Therefore in Star Wars: Episode III, Guilin’s amazing Li River and Karst Landscape with mystery have hit the big screen for the first time.
4. The Painted Veil was filmed along Yangtze River to Huangyao Old Town
Directed by John Curran and starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, The Painted Veil was shot entirely in China – the lens change from place to place, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangxi, and focus on the scenic Yangtze River, Li River and serene, romantic Huangyao Ancient Town.
(Huangyao Ancient Town)
5. Mission Impossible III was filmed in Shanghai
Apart from the film locations of Berlin and Vatican, director John Woo and Mission Impossible II came to Shanghai. With the lens, we see Oriental Pearl Tower, Jin Mao Tower, Huangpu River and Xitang Water Town full of classical elegance.