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The Ancient City of Dunhuang Movie Set

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The Ancient City of Dunhuang may remind you of a historic city in some old time, in fact it is a huge movie set which is modeled Shazhou Town of Song Dynasty (960-1279), about 25 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang City, covering an area of 12,700 square meters.

The town was originally designed for the setting of the historical film Dunhuang in 1987 which was made in cooperation with Japan. In some degree the set is historically true because is reproduced the layout and construction on a part of the eminent scrolling painting Qingming Shanghe Tu (The Outing at Bian River on Qingming Festival).

In the town, gates are erected on the east, south, west and north side and five main street crisscross each other. Dotted along the streets are arcades, temples, hockshops, warehouses, pothouse, restaurants, dwelling houses and so on, which show different characteristics of the Song Dynasty. Apart from the movie Dunhuang, more than twenty films and television series have produced in the town. And the town has become the biggest and important set for shooting movies in northwest China.

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