It’s that time again when Filipino-Chinese communities celebrate the beginning of a year based on the Chinese calendar.
While most do so with red lanterns, fireworks, banquets, and parades, the rest opt to stay home and have relaxing time.
Well, they can still get into the “Chinese vibe” by touring China through these movies:
‘Avatar’ in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Curious about Hallelujah Mountain in the movie? It came from a landform in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
According to park officials, photographs from Zhangjiajie inspired the floating Hallelujah Mountains seen in the film. The film’s director and production designers said that they drew inspiration for the floating rocks from mountains from around the world, including those in Hunan province.
One of the park’s quartz-sandstone pillars, the 1,080-metre (3,540 ft.) Southern Sky column had actually been renamed Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.
‘The Mummy: The Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor’ in Terracotta Army
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of protecting the emperor in the afterlife.
This location was used for the chase sequence of the movie, which was shot in three weeks. General Yang’s camp was filmed in a Ming village near Tian Mo. In the studio, Chinese cultural advisers aided Cohen with the Qin Dynasty language and ceremonies.
‘2012’ in Mount Everest
Located in the Tingri County, Shigatse District, Tibet, Mount Everest is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level. It is deemed as the “safest place” in the movie.
‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ in Hongcun
If you’re looking for a beautiful preserved countryside, go to Hongcun village as seen in this movie.
Though only 28 hectares in size, it has a place in the World Heritage List for its long history, country scenery, and well-preserved buildings dating hundreds of years.
‘Hero’ in Jiuzhaigou
Jiuzhaigou is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan Province in the southwestern region of China. A long valley running north to south, Jiuzhaigou was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization.
The outflow of “Mirror Lake” in the movie is through the “Rize Gully” a travertine ramp of small ponds and natural bonsai trees and bushes that lead directly to one of the great sights of Jiuzhaigou.
‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ in Mount Qingcheng
Mount Qingcheng is a mountain in Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China. It is considered one of the birthplaces of Taoism and one of the most important Taoist centres in China. In Taoist mythology, it was the site of the Yellow Emperor’s studies with Ning Fengzhi. As a centre of the Taoist religion it became host to many temples.
In the movie, this served as the Panda Village.
‘Mission: Impossible 3’ in Xitang Water Town
On China Highlights’ website, Xitang Water Town is described as a beautiful town that seems like a completely different world from the hustle and bustle of nearby Shanghai. Cobbled streets, old buildings, bridges arching over canals, rowing boats lingering on the river, and locals singing folk songs, all feature in Xitang, a charming, ancient water town. Mornings in Xitang bring fresh air and light fog; by evening, the setting sun casts a rosy glow on the old tiled roofs.
‘The Kite Runner’ in Kashgar Old Town
This 100-year-old teahouse, located in Kashgar’s Old Town, was used in the filming of the 2007 movie “The Kite Runner.”
The old town area of Kashgar is the best-preserved example of a traditional Islamic city to be found anywhere in Central Asia. With a population of over 500,000, Kashgar has served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China, the Middle East and Europe for over 2,000 years.
‘Raise The Red Lantern’ in Qiao’s Family Compound
The Qiao Family Compound is a traditional Qing Dynasty merchant mansion.
Originally the Zaizhong Hall and officially Qiao’s Grand Courtyard, it is located in Qi County, Jinzhong Prefecture, Shanxi Province, China and approximately 30 kilometers (20 mi) northeast of Pingyao.
It is famous for being the chief location in the Zhang Yimou 1991 film “Raise The Red Lantern.”
‘Transformer 4: Age Of Extinction’ in Wulong Karst Landscape
The Wulong Karst is a located within the borders of Wulong County, Chongqing Municipality, People’s Republic of China. It is divided into three areas containing the Three Natural Bridges, the Qingkou Tiankeng, and Furong Cave respectively. It is a part of the Wulong Karst National Geology Park as well as part of the South China Karst, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photos screengrab from YouTube)