Zhenbei Fort Western Studios

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios

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Geographic location:Yinchuan City, Ningxia


Famous scenery:Mingcheng, Qingcheng, Laoyinchuan Street

Suitable for the play season:May-October, the weather is good, cool and windy

Zhenbeibao Western Studios, located in Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, is a national AAAAA-class tourist attraction integrating sightseeing, entertainment, leisure, catering and shopping. Founded by writer Zhang Xianliang on September 21, 1993.

The town of Zhenbeibao Western Studios is characterized by its simplicity, primitiveness, roughness, desolateness and folklore. The main attractions are Mingcheng, Qingcheng, Laoyinchuan Street and other extras.

In April 2007, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was named “China’s most popular tourist destination” and is one of China’s top ten film and television bases. The film “Westward Journey”, “New Longmen Inn”, “Red Sorghum” and so on. At the 2018 China Yellow River Tourism Conference, it was rated as “50 Scenes of the Yellow River in China”.

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios

Historical evolution

During the Ming Dynasty (AD 1500), Zhenbei Fort Western Studio was built. It was called “Zhenbei Fort” and was the frontier fortress in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
In the five years of Qing Emperor Qianlong (AD 1740), a major earthquake occurred in Ningxia, and the town of Beibei was destroyed. It was built in the place not far from Zhenbei Fort, and it was built as “Zhennan Fort”.
In 1958, Zhenbei Fort became a steelmaking site.
In 1969, Zhang Xianliang, who was still working on the farm, discovered Zhenbei Fort.
In 1980, Zhang Xianliang transferred to Ningxia Federation of Literary and Art Circles and introduced Zhenbei Fort to the “One and Eight” film crew. Since then, the film and television crew have come to this scene.
In 1982, according to Zhang Xianliang’s novel “Ling and Meat”, the film “Wrangler” directed by Xie Jin came here to capture the film and won the Manila International Film Festival Award.
On September 21, 1993, Zhang Xianliang founded the Western Studios in Zhenbei Fort.
In 1998, 22 herders living in the western studio of Zhenbeibao were relocated.
In 2012, Zhenbeibao Western Studios built the “Old Yinchuan Street” in 97 days.
In 2014, Zhenbeibao Western Studios opened a dedicated channel for online ticket sales.
Beginning in July 2016, Zhenbeibao Western Studios launched a scenic night tour project.

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios

Building pattern

Zhenbei Fort Western Studio City is located at the northern end of Xixia District, Yinchuan City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. It covers an area of 0.7 square kilometers and has a construction area of 500,000 square meters. There are two ancient castles in the western studio of Zhenbeibao. The two castles are one south and one north. They are called Zhenbei Fort and Zhennan Fort. They all sit west to the east. The town of Zhenbei Fort Western Studios features a primitive, primitive, rough and desolate folk. In the Western Studios of Zhenbei Fort, the scenes and props that have taken part of the film have been preserved and restored for visitors to watch. The scenes on display are the Chengmen Building and the Shing Mun Cave in the “Westward Journey”, and a series of scenes such as the “Avalanche of the Earth” when Sun Wukong and the Bull Devil fight. The “Blacksmith Camp” in the “Yellow River” is a real scene. In the “Red Sorghum”, the Moon Gate, the Brewing Workshop, the Jiuer (Gongzhao) room, the sedan chair when the children are married, and the large bowls of the wine. There are also film and television service facilities such as the Film Archives Auditorium.

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios

Main Attractions


Qingcheng, located at the northern end of the Western Studios in Zhenbei Fort (the main entrance of the scenic spot), was built in the Qing Emperor Qianlong five years (AD 1740). It was another barracks built by the Emperor Qianlong after the Ming Dynasty was destroyed by the earthquake, hence the name “Qingcheng”. . The two barracks are similar, showing the military value of Helan Mountain. Qingcheng looks like a big turtle, taking the meaning of “spiritual tortoise down the mountain, good luck”. The interior of Qingcheng is mainly performed by various folk and folk crafts. The main attractions are Yucheng, Lucky Gate, Mysterious Cave, Baihuatang, Film and TV Street, Ancient Castle Turtle, Dudufu, Niu Dewang Palace, Guanyin Pavilion, Exhibition Hall, and Star. Kennels, bulletin kiosks, etc. The second gate of the Qing Castle is known as the “gate of luck.” It is called “the gate of luck”, because it is located in the middle section of Helan Mountain, there is the potential of Wolong. The “Zhu Yuanzhang”, “Flying” and “Westward Journey” photographed in the gate of the city were all very successful, so the Chinese film and television industry called the city gate “the gate of luck.”

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios


Mingcheng, located at the southwestern end of the western studio of Zhenbeibao (the south side of Qingcheng), was built in the Ming Dynasty (1500 AD) and was one of the many military fortresses built along the northwest line of the Great Wall in the Ming Dynasty. “. In the third year of Qing Emperor Qianlong (AD 1738), the Zhenbei Fort Brigade was destroyed by the earthquake. Mingcheng reflects the original, rough, simple and desolate natural features. It is the main shooting scene of the film and television city. The main attractions are cornucopia, Wrangler, Cultural Revolution Courtyard, Moon Gate, Guanzhong Gate, Chai Caodian, Pansidong, Dingzhou General Manager. House, wine workshop, nine children’s room, blacksmith camp, ruins gallery, Zhaoqintai, Longmen Inn, etc. After the collapse of the North Fortress built in the Ming Dynasty, the Qing government rebuilt the barracks. There is a two-legged barracks in Zhenbeibao, which is a unique phenomenon in China, forming a “taiji map.”

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios

Old Yinchuan Street

The old Yinchuan Street is located at the southeastern end of the western studio of Zhenbei Fort (east side of Mingcheng). In 2012, the “Old Yinchuan Street” was built in 97 days. The scenic spot is built on the central axis of the original “Ningxia Provincial National Government” (namely “Ma Hongyu Bureau”) and is based on the most prosperous “Lishuxiang” in Yinchuan City. Reproduced the old shops and old streets of the year. The street is 120 meters long, and the shops on both sides of the street are divided into six 400-500 square meters halls. There are Yinchuan Historical Exhibition, Fire Science Education Exhibition, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea Small Commodities Small Food Decorations – New Strange, Chengtian Temple theater and so on.

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios


In 1985, Zhenbei Fort Western Studios (currently known as “Zhenbei Fort”) was declared a municipal-level cultural relics protection unit by the Yinchuan Municipal Government.
In April 2006, Zhenbeibao Western Studios won the “Silver Award” in 50 places that China is most worthy of foreigners.
In July 2006, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was rated as “2006 China Top Ten Film and Television (Base)”.
On February 25, 2006, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was named “China’s Best Tourism Scenic Spot”.
On March 15, 2007, Zhenbeibao Western Studios won the representative unit of China Quality Miles.
On December 26, 2007, Zhang Xianliang, the chairman of Zhenbeibao Western Studios, was selected as one of the top ten collectors in China in 2007.
On August 8, 2007, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was awarded the title of “The Most Popular Destination for Travel” by the China Tourism Boutique Promotion Conference.
In March 2008, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was awarded the “National Intangible Cultural Representation Project Protection Development Comprehensive Experimental Base”.
In December 2009, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was rated as “National Film and Television Designated Shooting Scene” by China Radio and Television Association and TV Production Committee.
On December 9, 2010, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was awarded the “National Cultural Industry Demonstration Base” by the Ministry of Culture.
In January 2011, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was rated as a national AAAAA tourist area.
In 2016, Zhenbeibao Western Studios was rated as “the top ten ancient towns in 2016 with the attention of the Chinese newspaper industry”.
In June 2018, Zhenbei Fort Western Film was selected for the second time to find a high-quality popular tourist destination in China.

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios

Travel Information


Tickets for the North Castle Studios in Zhenbei Fort are 100 yuan (including visits to all attractions and program appreciation, including explanation services). Half-price tickets for undergraduate and below students, free of charge for disabled and active military personnel, and free of charge for senior citizens over 60 years old.

Opening hours

Zhenbei Fort Western Studios High Season (April 15th – October 15th) 8:00-18:00; off-season (October 16th – April 14th) 8:30-17:30.

Travel information

Bus tour 3: (New Moon Plaza – Zhenbei Fort Western Studio City) Departure time: Crescent Square 09:00, return time: 14:00 at Zhenbei Fort Western Studios.
Take the No. 17 bus from the South Gate Nanguan Mosque to the North Fortress Studios.

Driving directions from Yinchuan City to Zhenbei Fort Western Studios:
Yinchuan – Beijing Road – Xixia Square – turn right 18 km north to Zhenbei Fort Western Studios.
Yinchuan – Helan Mountain Road – Military District – National Highway 110 reaches 8 km north to the Western Studios.

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