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.
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.
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.