Hengdian World Studios, China’s largest film and television shooting base located in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang in Zhejiang Province, is welcoming a busy filming season as the film crews across the country resumed work after the COVID-19 pandemic was brought under control.
The production of films and TV series was forced to a halt in the first half of the year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now as the epidemic eases, the site is crowded with camera crews, and some of the shooting locations need to be booked in advance.
There are a total of 142 film crews shooting here at Hengdian from August to mid-November, up 75 percent from 81 crews in the same period last year, according to the site’s deputy general manager Du Shanshan.
In addition, various kinds of props are in great demand as well, such as tables, chairs and decorations used for Chinese historical dramas. The studio staff said that tens of thousands of props are needed for major TV series.
Nicknamed the “Chinese Hollywood,” Hengdian is home to 21 filming lots scattered across the 30-square-kilometer site. Around 70 percent of the films and television series in the country are produced here.