Chasing celluloid dreams in China’s Tinseltown

Known as ‘China’s Hollywood’, Hengdian studios claims to be the largest film and TV production site in the world. Besides big-name stars, its lavish dramas also draw ordinary people from around the country to work as low-paid extras, dreaming of stardom or simply escaping from reality.

China entertainment endures ‘bitter winter’ after crackdowns

Known as ‘China’s Hollywood’, Hengdian studios claims to be the largest film and TV production site in the world. But tightening restrictions under Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping has seen some productions cancelled, with state media attacking once safe costume dramas for promoting lavish lifestyles and palace intrigue instead of ‘core values of socialism’.