China's Wild West Style Film Set

China’s Wild West style film set

Incredible pictures show Communist China’s answer to the classic Hollywood Western – an abandoned film set dubbed the ‘Wild East’.

The bizarre replica town was built after strict censorship meant hit Westerns like The Good The Bad And The Ugly and High Noon were banned after the Cultural Revolution.

Directors desperate to copy the success of iconic cowboy movies designed their own John Wayne style one-horse frontier town – in central Beijing.

Modeled on the classic Old West American cowboy scene, it has an oriental twist – saloons with Asian decor, Chinese soldiers and even Chairman Mao daubed on walls.

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