Movie Locations for Holidays
by Nicola Izzard.
Need some inspiration and new destinations to discover? Need a cultural escape, tropical paradise, get amongst rugged landscapes or just somewhere someone recommends? Wherever you are looking for your next holiday, here are six movie set locations that you can actually experience yourself or inspire your wanderlust. At Flight Centre know that real life is as beautiful as the movies.
A truly invigorating destination, Zhangjiajie offers some of China's most unique scenery as well as endless paths to explore the national park. Admire incredible views over unique tower-like formations found in the rugged forest terrain. These incredible quartz-sandstone rock and tree formations inspired the floating Hallelujah Mountains featured in the 2009 film Avatar!
Getting there: Direct flights from Shanghai to Hunan
Ta Prohm, Angkor, Cambodia
The spectacular Ta Prohm Temple located in the ancient city of Angkor in Siem Reap is as surreal and mystical as you see in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. This amazing temple with twisted trees and jungle surroundings was built in the 12th and 13th century and remains to this day similar in appearance to when it was discovered in 1860.
Though commonly known as a mere stepping off point for the inspiring Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap is a worthy destination in itself. Stay a little longer and you're bound to fall in love with this eclectic Cambodian city.
Getting there: Direct flights from Shanghai to Siem Reap
Hobbiton, New Zealand
Have you very own Lord of the Rings adventure and discover where Frodo and Bilbo started their epic journey in the Hobbit Films and Lord of the Rings trilogy. In the North Island of New Zealand you can visit the actual Hobbiton movie set, have a bite to eat at the Green Dragon's Inn and be awe-struck by New Zealand's spell binding beauty.
If seeing Hobbiton town wasn't enough… the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand so whether you are driving past farmlands or discovering the many National Parks, you are sure to discover Middle Earth.
Getting there: Direct flights from Shanghai to Auckland
Ko Phi Phi Le, Thailand
We all saw The Beach movie a while back now but when describing Thailand most of us still refer to this famous movie to conjure up images of this idyllic tropical paradise which is still home to white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and dramatic cliffs cascading into the sea.
Whilst you can't actually stay on Ko Phi Phi Le (the exact location where The Beach was filmed), you can take a boat day trip there from Phuket or Krabi. Thailand, affectionately known as the 'the Land of Smiles', boasts a fascinating culture, glorious weather and spectacular coastlines.
Getting there: Direct flights from Shanghai to Phuket and Krabi
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
The thousand-year-old Mayan ruins in Tikal National Park were used in the original Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) to set up the Rebel Alliance's Massassi outpost on the fourth moon of Yavin. Tikal National Park is a 575-square-kilometre jungle that houses thousands of ruined structures. Its most popular central area is home to the two temples audiences see rising out of the trees in the film.
Getting there: Accessible by organising a guided tour after first flying into Flores, Guatemala City or Belize City
For 'real' views of Sydney's iconic landmarks including the Harbour Bridge, Macquaries Chair, the Opera house and Sydney's stunning coastline get Mission Impossible 2 from your local DVD store and wowed by this fabulous city landscape. As well as taking centre stage in the movies final scenes, Sydney's Bare Island (an historical military base, accessible from the mainland by footbridge) is a popular diving and snorkeling spot for locals and tourists.
Getting there: Direct flights from Shanghai to Sydney