'Seven Years in Tibet' is a 1997 biographical war drama directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, inspired by the Austrian mountaineer and Schutzstaffel (SS) sergeant Heinrich Harrer's 1952 memoir.
Heinrich reunites with Peter Aufschnaiter and moves to Lhasa, where the former meets Pema Lhaki, and the latter meets the young Dalai Lama. The use of some interesting locations against the backdrop of the mountain ranges is bound to make you question the exact filming locations of 'Seven Years in Tibet.'
Tibet is being filmed for seven years.
'Seven Years in Tibet' was shot in Argentina, China, Nepal, Austria, and British Columbia, especially in Buenos Aires Province, Mendoza Province, Tibet Autonomous Region, Tyrol, and Vancouver. Now, let's not waste time and follow Heinrich Harrer as he begins his transformational journey.
Argentina's Buenos Aires Province
The majority of 'Seven Years in Tibet' was shot in Argentina's largest and most populous province, La Plata, which served as one of the primary shooting locations for the film. The train station scene where Heinrich leaves for Unserberg was shot at La Plata's railway station.
The filming crew for this documentary reportedly constructed 40 sets, including a 220-yard-long reconstruction of one of the Lhasa streets, a 9,000-square-foot replica of the Potala coronation chamber, and the Dalai Lamas' ancient 1,000-room palace.
Argentina's Mendoza Province
Mendoza Province, in Argentina's Cuyo region, was recorded as a province with a few important scenes from 'Seven Years in Tibet.' The municipality is well-known for being the sixth largest province in the country, as well as being the fifth most populous region.
China's Tibet is a autonomous region.
The director of 'Seven Years in Tibet' confessed that a couple of crew members managed to record 20 minutes worth of footage for the documentary in China's Tibet Autonomous Region, which includes the provinces of Tibet and Tibet, located near the 35 Beijing Middle Road in Lhasa.
Nepal is a country of a lot.
Nepal, a landlocked country in South Asia located mainly in the Himalayas, is said to have taped additional parts of the biographical film. The country's mountainous landscape makes Nepal a suitable film setting for a film like 'Seven Years in Tibet.'
The production team for 'Seven Years in Tibet' decided to film a few scenes set in Austria on location in Tyrol, a state in western Austria, specifically using the medieval town of Lienz to tape some sections.
Vancouver, British Columbia
The filming team for 'Seven Years in Tibet' traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia's most populous city. It's said to be one of the country's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities.