As one of the most popular tourist cities in China, Xian has attracted countless people throughout the world to come and explore, mainly for the appreciation of its world famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses and other famed attractions. However, with the great effort made by the local government as well as its hospitable citizens, Xian now is in possession of a lot of new highlights such as traditional Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show, Qin Opera and many modern bars, clubs, theaters, teahouses etc., being another appeal to travelers. Today follow TOC to get more detailed information about those entertainment activities in Xian.
"Do as the Romans do"
Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
With a blaze of color and pageantry, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is definitely a feast for your eyes. Xian, known as Chang’an in ancient times, had served as capital for 13 dynasties, among which the Tang Dynasty was the most outstanding one for its wealth and power. And Tang Dynasty Music and Dance is just the major symbol of the essence of Tang culture. The show usually contains magnificent singing and dancing scenes, being an immortal portrait of its prosperity.
The show was originated from folk fetes, where our ancestors, with rhythmical gestures, prayed for a peaceful and happy life. Their dream came true during the early and middle periods of the Tang Dynasty, when the royal court ruled well and people lived in harmony. Besides, the culture and arts also flourished as ever before, with music and dance reaching their peaks. By absorbing the essences of music forms of the previous dynasties, ethnic minority groups as well as western countries, the show has finally evolved into a spectacular performance combining all the poetry reciting, instruments playing, singing and dancing together. When enjoy it, you must be moved a lot by the excellent performance.
Shaanxi Grand Opera House
Address: No.165, Wenyi Road, Xian.
Show time: 8 p.m.---9 p.m.
Tel: 0086-29-87853259; 0086-29-87853304
How to get there: take bus NO.14, 21, 118, 214, 309, 508, 700.
Tang Dynasty Palace
Address: No. 75, Chang’an Road, Xian
Show time: 8:30 p.m.---9:40 p.m.
How to get there: 12, 14, 26, 31, 216, 239, 521, 603.
Commonly known as Qinqiang, Shaanxi Opera is among the oldest ones in China. Based on folk singing and dancing in ancient Shaanxi and Gansu areas, it was initially formed and later became matured in the Ming Dynasty (1271-1368). Sonorous and exciting singing is a distinctive feature, making the opera another cultural spectacle in Xian. And the locals are crazy about the opera. It is said that they can survive from a lack of flavors in dishes but could not live without Shaanxi Opera. Either when celebrating the birth of a new child, or the wedding of a new couple, Shaanxi opera is always a necessity.
Xian Yisu Grand Theatre
Address: No. 26, Anban Street, Xian
Nightlife of Xian
When the night falls and stars start to sparkle in the dark-blue sky, Xian takes off her tired working clothes and put on a gorgeous evening dress to join in a real carnival.
Recommended bars, clubs and cinemas
De Fu Xiang
Although with a length that less than one mile, De Fu Xiang is actually the central part of nightlife in Xian. Scattered with over 40 bars, cafes and teahouses, it always takes on a quaint and graceful look. The bar is mainly middle and up class oriented, decorated romantically, full of cozy and exotic atmosphere. Invite yourself a cup of wine to get fully relaxed.
1+1 Disco Bar
Located at No. 285 Dong Dajie, 1+1 Disco Bar is the most well-known dance club in Xian. One plus one equals what? This famous question might have many different answers for different people. Here, in the bar, the answer simply means “living it up”. Decorated in a trendy style, it includes a Disco Hall, a Slow Bar, a Champagne House and a pool in the court yard. DJs here are passionate and dancers are hot, providing you with top visual and acoustic enjoyment.
Xian Oscar International Cinema
Address: 6/F, Xingzheng Yuan Plaza, No. 1, Luomashi, Beilin District
Wanda International Cinema
Address: 4/F, Wanda Plaza, No. 8, Yanta Road, Beilin District
Xian Hongye Cinemas
Address: 9/F, Lifeng International Plaza, No. 56, Jinhuanan Road, Beilin District
North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Want some fresh air? Come to North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is popular not only because of its great fame as the biggest Tang-culture square, the biggest musical fountain & waterscape square and the largest-scale sculptures in Asia, but also for its cozy atmosphere and attractive views. Enjoying the soft music, while meandering through the paths surrounded with green lawns and winding streams, isn't it a wonderful experience? In addition, colorful folk performances such as clay sculptures, puppet plays and Shaanxi Opera shows etc. are also available here waiting for your appreciation.
Take care of yourself and your property as well when hanging out during the night. Choose a proper transport facility and bear in mind the Chinese name of your hotel. If you are interested in the entertainment ideas offered above and want to add them in your Xian tours, please talk to our trip advisors for customization. Wish you a nice trip here!