Monday, February 27, 2012

Wuxi: Three Kingdoms City

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A place built initially for the intention of filming one of China's most prolific historical literature, the Three Kingdoms City offers more than just a filming location but also an insight into the remarkable journey of notable figures during the war period.

The 84-episode Romance of the Three Kingdoms, filmed in 1987, by Chinese Central Television Station (CCTV), is the main reason of the establishment of this location which was set to model the various places mentioned in the historical classic for the purpose of perfecting the scenarios as depicted in the story.
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The city is built on a area of about 86 acres located in the southwest of suburb Wuxi and is modeled after the architecture of the Han Dynasty.
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Since its establishment in 1987, film and movie makers have made their way there to produce their own version of Three Kingdoms; making many films and TV dramas and bringing the literature classic to life on the screen.
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Buildings, palaces, military camps, war locations, temples, gardens, towers are the structures forming the filming set and they are real-life model sets which appeared so realistic on TV and impressed the millions of tourists who visit this place every year.
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Walking through the model sets makes me felt like I was walking through the historical Three Kingdoms period; and the buildings and fields just makes me feel like I was on the battlefield as well.

To fit in with the overall theme of the place, even the workers there donned on costumes from the Han Dynasty period.
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There is also an opportunity for one to experience horse riding; which cost RMB20 for a brief 5-10 minutes ride.
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Another highlight when visiting the movie set is to catch the reenactment of the battle scene between Liu Bei's troop and Lu Bu, which is scheduled several times in a day.
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Located strategically beside the famous Lake Taihu provided the filming city the ideal location to build the naval base described in the novels.
Building a few piers and ships for each of the kingdom, the naval base is a sight to behold and to marvel at the military establishment.
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One can also board the war ships on a short tour which takes visitors to the middle of the lake before making a turn back to the shore and enjoy the entertainment provided on board.
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A statue of the famous strategist of that era; the idolized and honorable Zhuge Liang
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Other landmarks include the palaces, the Seven Star Platform where the notable Zhuge Liang prayed for the southeast wind, the Eight Diagrams formation, the Peach Blossom Garden where Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei took the oath to be sworn/blood brothers.

This is a place not to be missed by fans of the Chinese classic literature, as it provided an amazing insight into the actual events which took place during the period.
A place to enlighten on the history and to marvel at the majestic sets used in filming.

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