Founded by China Central Television Station in 1987, it is the earliest movie and TV program production base in China.
Up till now, it has created a Tang Dynaty Town, a European style Town, a Three Kingdoms Town and an Asian Town.
The Tang Town, opened to tourists in 1991, was built especially for filming a TV series entitled Emperor Tang Ming Huang. It has an area of 13 ha (1 ha = 2.47 acres) and there are almost a hundred scenic spots in it. You can view palaces and streets in the style of the Tang Dynasty, Scent-Sunk Pavilion, Lishan Mountain Attic and Huaqing Hot Spring. More than 20 TV plays have been produced here including The Favorite Concubine Yang. Tourists may also have a chance to enjoy the Tang Dynasty glorious palace etiquette and appreciate the dance show of the Tang Dynasty.
Opposite Tang Town, the European Town is situated on the other side of Taihu Lake with an area of 13 ha. There are a total of 6 scenery zones and over 30 scenic spots inside the town, including the French Arch of Triumph, British Gardens, a Spanish Bullfight Arena, Saint Mark Square, Florence's Aristocratic Square, and more.
The Three Kingdoms Town is located in Dafu Village on the bank of Taihu Lake, occupying an area of 33 ha. It is here that The Romance of the Three Kingdoms was filmed. Here, tourists can visit the military camp of Cao, castles on water, warships, and the palaces of kingdom Wu and Ganlu (Sweet dew) Temple. Film and TV cultural shows, like the Wedding Ceremony of Liubei-the King of Wu kingdom and the Scheme of Cheating Arrows, with clustered scarecrows on the decks of warships are performed regularly in the town.