Attractions to Explore at Hengdian World Studios for Two Days
These are the attractions to explore at Hengdian World Studios in the Zhejiang province of China. It is a must-see destination for any film or history enthusiast. With its sprawling grounds and numerous sets, it is known as the “Hollywood of China” and has been the filming location for numerous blockbuster movies and television shows. With over 1,200 acres of space, the studio is the largest in the world and is home to several impressive sets, including the Palace of Emperor Qin, Riverside Scenes, and Ming and Qing Palaces.
Hengdian World Studios Tickets
There are three types of tickets to buy. The first one is the Single Entry Ticket which means that you will pay for every palace/place you choose to explore. The second one is the Two-Day ticket which costs RMB500 for 10 selected attractions. The third one is the Three-Day ticket which costs RMB590 for 12 destinations. I bought the 2-day ticket but only managed to explore 4 attractions because it was too huge and I didn’t start early. Planning what to see (especially the incredible performances) can be overwhelming since the studios are huge and are in different places across the city. You can join a tour if you want to save yourself from planning.
Emperor Qin Palace
One of the standout sets at Hengdian World Studios is the Palace of Emperor Qin, which was used as the filming location for the hit television series “The Palace of Desire.” The grandiose palace, which covers an area of over 10 acres, is a replica of the real-life palace built by Emperor Qin during the Qin Dynasty. Visitors can explore the intricately designed halls and courtyards, taking in the grandeur of ancient Chinese architecture.
Another popular attraction at Hengdian World Studios is the Riverside Scenes set, which has been used as the filming location for many historical dramas set in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The set features a replica of the ancient city of Suzhou, complete with winding streets, canals, and traditional houses. Visitors can take a boat ride down the canals, admiring the beautiful landscapes and historic architecture.
The Dazhi Buddhist Temple is another impressive set at Hengdian World Studios. The temple, which covers an area of over 40 acres, is a replica of the famous Shaolin Temple in Henan province. Visitors can explore the vast temple grounds, admiring the intricate carvings and statues of Buddhist deities. The temple also has a martial arts training ground where visitors can watch demonstrations of traditional Chinese martial arts.
Ming and Qing Palaces
Finally, the Ming and Qing Palaces set is a must-see for any fan of Chinese historical dramas. The set features replicas of the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, showcasing the grandeur of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Visitors can explore the courtyards, gardens, and halls of the palaces, taking in the intricate architecture and beautiful landscapes.
Overall, Hengdian World Studios is a unique and fascinating destination that offers visitors a glimpse into the rich history and culture of China. Whether you’re a film buff or a history enthusiast, Hengdian World Studios is a must-see destination on any trip to China.
How to get to Hengdian World Studios
Dongyang town is a part of Jinhua City in Zhejiang Province. The best and the most convenient way to go to Hengdian is through Jinhua. From Jinhua Railway station, get on the metro/subway red line and get off at Qing and Ming Palaces, the last stop.
From Shanghai, you can take a train to Yiwu City and then take a metro (the same Jinhua red line metro above) and get off at the last stop.
Where to Stay in Hengdian / Dongyang City
From the station, I took a cab to Elan Dongyang Hengdian Studios Boutique Hotel, which I highly recommend. The hotel itself is just 400 meters from one of the biggest studios in the city. Another place I’d recommend is the Jinjiang Inn Hengdian World Studios, which is 1.2 kilometers from the nearest studios.
If you are traveling in China, it’s better to book your hotels/accommodations on Trip.com because it has more options than using international booking service providers. You can also book your train, rental car, and tours on Trip.com, so it would be very convenient to use one site for your China trip.