The impressive sets at China Western Film Production Base have one major advantage over the cardboard towers in Hollywood: these castles are real! The studio is set in the ruins of two ancient fortresses built in the Ming & Qing dynasties to protect the city from Mongol attack. The castles had always been tourist attractions, but since their use as a location for award winning films such as the Herdsman, Red Sorghum and Ballad of the Yellow River they have become even more popular. Over 80 movies have been made here, and the production crews were kind enough to leave most of their scenery behind for curious visitors to scrutinize.
The studio also boasts a wall of 100 televisions showing clips from the movies filmed there based inside a Tibetan style castle named ''Baihuatang'' (Hundred Flowers Hall). In addition to the displays of scenery, visitors can also peruse costumes and props or screen short movies.
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