Looking for an over-commercial Song dynasty atmosphere? look no further than Hangzhou’s Song Dynasty Town which is a bizarre attempt at a cultural theme-park, obviously very local tourism oriented. If you’re interested in context – Hangzhou, with its long history, was the capital of Song dynasty since 1229 and is generally remembered as time of great prosperity. The town offers a few unrelated attractions and side-shows, but the main attraction, and the reason for my visit, is the one hour grand performance which included cultural dancing, acrobatics, pyrotechnics and battle scenes.

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There were a few amusing street performances across town…

 

If you want to get a taste of the performance, take a look at the following videos I took during the performance.

Introduction

 

Indian dancing

 

Chinese dancing

 

Fighting scene

 

Acrobatics

 

Very impressive indeed. There are a few other shows across Hangzhou, one even by Zhang Yimou – Hangzhou Impression – who lives up to his reputation as using as many people possible to create breathtaking group performances. If you’re in Hangzhou, be sure to catch one of those shows.



Tags: culture; Hangzhou; hangzhou impression; history; performance; song dynasty town; zhang yimou;


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delightful post!

although, to me, the Indian dance is more like a Chinese dance 🙂

but all are truly nice

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I will visit China this summer. Why don't you come to beijing too? So that you can show me the city where i was but know almost nothing about it.

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HI, HOW TO GO FROM IBIS HOTEL SONG DYNASTY TO HERE? for the show ,is it free?

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