Final fantasy 7 remake is finally coming out in apr! If you have played Final fantasy 7 before, I know you must super excited right now, as all the sceneries from the first version is finally having a great make over, and the graphic of the remake is going to blow us away! But if you are wondering, does the places featured in ff7 actually exist? Well, if you want to find out places that look like the actual game scene of Final fantasy 7 remake in the real world, then keep on reading!
If you are familiar with final fantasy 7, we all know that the game starts with the iconic place Midgar. In fact, this place embodies many themes put forward in Final Fantasy VII, of the greedy capitalism of Shinra and the authoritarian power the company can project, the environmental disaster that faces the Planet, and how new is rapidly replacing the old, displacing the lives of many people.
The reason why we love playing RPG game is because we can immerse ourselves in a completely different environment. But what if I tell you, midgar really exist in the world? Or should I say, there’s really a place in the world that actually looks like midgar in real life! And it lies in the right smack in the middle of Beijing. It’s none other than Shou Gang Park.
I first visited shop gang park in December last year, I was brought there by a friend to enjoy a cup of Starbucks, but I was so shocked to see its resemblance to final fantasy 7 remake midgar city! The place is full of deserted giant factories, huge weird shape metals just like final fantasy 7. In fact, show gang park used to be an industrialised area with lots of pollution and waste, an exact environment final fantasy 7 is based on.
Luckily, the Chinese government has becoming more and more environmentally conscious and since then, the factories ceased their operations. The land was deserted for a while, before the government restored for art and business development. Nowadays, shou gang park has been transformed into an artistic business district, where companies like Tencent, the owner of the most popular social network app in China, wechat, also have office inside.
So if you want to experience midgar in real life, don’t miss out Shou Gang park!
Another place in the real world that looks like final fantasy 7 remake coming to life, will be in Japan. If you still remember Aries went missing in the game, and Cloud saw her in a vision saying she was going to the City of the Ancients. But Sephiroth was following after her in the vision. Sensing Aries was in danger, the party runs to the Sleeping Forest where Cloud last saw Aries.
If you still remember the sad scenes of the forest inside cloud’s vision, the forest is peaceful and beautiful. It looks like an enchanting forest that can cleanse one’s soul. And in real life, there’s indeed a forest with the exact quietness and enchantment. The place is no other than Yakushima island in Japan.
Yakushima (屋久島) is a subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu and part of Kagoshima Prefecture. It is covered by an extensive cedar forest that contains some of Japan’s oldest living trees. Trees more than 1000 years old are affectionately called yakusugi (a combination of Yakushima and sugi, the Japanese word for cedar), the most ancient of which may be over 7000 years old.
As a subtropical island with nearly 2000 meter high mountains, Yakushima attracts a lot of rainfall around the year, with a local saying claiming that it rains “35 days a month”. While that may be an exaggeration, there is some rain almost on a daily basis, especially in the mountainous interior.
When I was there more than 7 years ago, I fell in love with the place immediately, with the peacefulness and quietness, and most importantly, its enchanting green. It really feels like a scene coming out of final fantasy 7. Who knows, it could really be a source of inspirations for the game creators!
Of course, final fantasy 7 remake is so vast and creative, some of places can’t really be found in the real world. But if you have any other places in mind that look like ff7, please share with me in the comment below. If you love today’s video, remember to give it a thumbs up. In the next video, I’m also going to share with you best places to travel in South Korea after the corona virus is over!
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