BEIJING, May 19 -- West China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where
part of the Oscar-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was filmed, is to ban
movie shoots at scenic spots for fear of damage to the environment, domestic
media said Thursday.
That movie, along with "Hero" by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, was filmed
without permission in Xinjiang, the Beijing News said, citing a report in the
Urumqi Evening News, though it did not say whether the film crew had harmed the
"If the environment is seriously damaged and not returned to its natural
state in time, legal and economic measures will be taken against those
responsible," the newspaper said, citing regulations from the local government.
Xinjiang is a vast region that contains deserts, forests, mountains and
lakes that have made it a favorite destination of directors looking to add
sparkle to their films.
This week, the environmental authorities said they would fine the crew of
"The Promise" by Oscar-nominated director Chen Kaige for damaging the
(Source: Shenzhen Daily/ Agencies)