Filming in Beijing: Guidelines Location Tips Experience

Are you planning your filming in Beijing? We put up a brief summary for filming in Beijing, so that you can have a general idea of what you should be aware of before your trip.

Filming in Beijing

Production Resources in Beijing:

  • Camera Crews: Availability is limited. Consider bringing in crews from nearby cities like Shanghai or Shenzhen.
  • Talents: Availability is limited. Consider casting online or through agencies.
  • Typical Work Hours: 10 hours per day, excluding meal breaks.
  • Professional Crews:
    • Director
    • Cameraman/Videographer
    • Producer
    • Makeup/Hair
    • Location Manager
  • Film Crew/Production Insurance: Available upon request.


  • Business visa or work visa recommended for filming projects.
  • Tourist visa may be possible, but not ideal.

Carnet/ATA Carnet:

  • Bringing equipment/camera/lens gear via Carnet/ATA Carnet is possible, but be prepared for possible delays at customs.
  • Check regulations before arriving in Beijing.

Equipment Rental House:

  • Limited options available.
  • Consider renting instead of bringing equipment, depending on price and availability.

Post Production:

  • Limited resources available.
  • Research options before making decisions.

Photo Studios and Film Studios:

  • Many available in Beijing.
  • Research options to find the best fit for your project.

Location Conditions:

  • Government-owned locations require more paperwork and permits.
  • Private owners are more flexible and often charge based on production time and location.
  • Shooting in public areas without a permit is illegal.

Famous Locations in Beijing:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Summer Palace

Equipment Rental:

  • High-end camera equipment available (Arri, Red)
  • High-end lens options available (Angenieux, Cooke, Arri, Zeiss)
  • Grip and lighting equipment readily available


  • Spring (March-May): Pleasant weather with occasional rain.
  • Summer (June-August): Hot and humid with frequent rain showers.
  • Autumn (September-November): Mild weather with clear skies.
  • Winter (December-February): Cold and dry with occasional snow.

Drone Usage:

  • Restricted in certain areas and requires a pilot license.
  • Height restrictions apply.
  • May be prohibited during festivals and events.


  • Only RMB accepted.
  • Prepare cash and use Alipay/Wechat Pay for digital payments.

Hotel Cost:

  • Budget: 100 USD per night
  • Mid-range: 150 USD per night
  • Luxury: 200 USD per night

Meal/Per Diem Cost:

  • Budget: 10 USD per day
  • Mid-range: 20 USD per day
  • Luxury: 50 USD per day


  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
  • Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX)
  • Numerous train stations
  • Vans and lorries commonly used for production (150-200 USD per day with driver)
  • Didi/Meituan (Chinese Uber/Lyft) available for smaller productions

Additional Tips:

  • Learn basic Mandarin phrases.
  • Be patient and prepared for delays.
  • Negotiate prices for everything.
  • Hire a local fixer to assist with logistics and permits.


Filming in Beijing can be challenging, but with careful planning and preparation, it can be a rewarding experience. By following these guidelines and tips, you can ensure that your project is successful.