Shanghai's film locations ready for their close-up
Welcome to our cultural column "Lights, Camera", in which we continue to explore the rich cinematic heritage and cultural resources of Shanghai, a city with so many stories to tell.
The first episode of Shanghai's most popular locations for shooting featured five eye-catching sites – the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Fengjing Watertown, the Nine Trees Future Art Center, M50 Creative Park, and M+ Blackstone Music Plus.
Today, we will guide you to the remaining locations from the list of the "2023 Shanghai Top 10 Best Film and TV Locations." You can visit these amazing locations to take photos and learn more about the city's distinctive charm.
Huangpu River Tour Sightseeing Cruise
The Huangpu River is known as the "Mother River of Shanghai." The iconic Huangpu River cruise tour is a world-class attraction and a tourism brand of the city. During the 45-kilometer tour, passengers can appreciate the magnificent night views of both sides of the river.
They are usually amazed at the spectacular views of Lujiazui, the Bund, Nanpu and Yangpu bridges, and the former 2010 Shanghai World Expo site. Films, TV series and variety shows that shot scenes from the cruise include "Go fighting!", "Up Idol", "Under the Sun", and "If Time Flows Back".
Address: 481 Zhongshan Rd E2, Huangpu District
Fairmont Peace Hotel
Built in 1926, the hotel is a luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece, where old-fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. Located at the intersection of the Bund and the bustling Nanjing Road, the hotel is an ideal place to experience the distinctive charm and vitality of the city.
The old building has also witnessed the flourishing of movies in China. In 1937, "Angels on the Road", a classic film starring Zhao Dan and Zhou Xuan, was shot at the site. To date, more than 50 movies and TV series have used the building as a set. Among them are "101st Marriage Proposal", "Tiny Times 3.0", "Eternal Wave", and "Blossoms."
Address: 20 Nanjing Rd E., Huangpu District
Shanghai Film Park
One of the 10 greatest filmmaking bases in China, the Shanghai Film Park has provided numerous movie and TV scenes with its full-scale replica of old Shanghai, including Nanjing Road and European-style houses of celebrities.
As visitors wander freely in the park, they can often catch a film or TV shoot in progress and learn how movies and TV shows are made. The park also offers immersive and interactive dramas, sets for weddings, and photo-taking services in period clothing.
Many films and TV dramas have been shot here using the park's time-honored streetscapes. Among them are "Temptress Moon", "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor", "Lust, Caution", and "Kung Fu Hustle."
Address: 4915 Beisong Highway, Chedun Town, Songjiang District
Address: 501 Yincheng Rd. M., Lujiazui, Pudong
At the height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China. The skyscraper has one of the world's fastest vertical transport system and an observation deck on the uppermost floors for visitors to have a birds-eye view of the city. It also has different zones used for retail, offices, hotel accommodation, art exhibitions and recreation areas.
The tower also reflects the city's commitment to environmental friendliness as green architectural elements and technologies were incorporated into its design. Many films, TV series and commercials have been shot there, such as "Fox Hunt", "The Ideal City", and "Love is Sweet."
The Zhujiajiao Watertown, which was established about 1,700 years ago, is well preserved on the outskirts of the city. The ancient town features a network of waterways, curved stone bridges and traditional Chinese-style residences on the banks. It also enjoys a reputation as the "Venice of Shanghai."
Visitors can stroll along the watertown's old streets and sample local delicacies and relax in coffee shops and bars. They can also visit the exquisite Kezhi Garden or take a boat trip to experience a slow-paced lifestyle at the tranquil resort. The watertown has provided film sets for many productions, including "Perfect Partner", "The Perfect Wedding", and "Familiar Taste."
Address: 555 Kezhiyuan Rd, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District
To be continued. In subsequent episodes, we will introduce still more of Shanghai's most promising film locations according to a list announced at the 28th Shanghai TV Festival.
The Shanghai Film and Television Production Services Institution provides consultation and coordination services to film crews at no cost.
The official website for the Shanghai Film and Television Production Services Institution: https://www.ftservices.cn
Address:709 Julu Rd, Jing'an District (静安区巨鹿路709号)