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“better than expected” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show

Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show
No. 165, Wenyi Road,, Xi'an, China
029-88221873
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Ranked #15 of 1,596 Restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Chinese
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Description: This is a dance and music show in which a dumpling dinner is also included.
Woodland, California
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“better than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

This is a "Dinner Show" Theatre.
the musicians, costumes, and number of actors/participants are all elaborate and colorful. as part of a tour, it was entertaining and passed the evening pleasantly away.

the food was better than the usual dinner theatre food (i.e., chicken, often arrives cold, and all at once), but not as good as going to a real (upper scale) restaurant. (the furnishings were upper scale)

Visited November 2012
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Sacramento, California
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“Excellent Introduction to Traditional Chinese Dance and Music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Following a sumptuous 16 dumpling dinner (YUMMO!) this traditional Chinese instrumental and dance performance is well worth the time and money. Integrated with both acrobatic performance of the male dancers and the eloquence of their female counterparts reminds one of a culture that embraces beauty, culture and power all at once. Even the humor of the flutist tickled us...worth seeing!

Visited November 2012
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Xi'an, China
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Last night, we went to Shaanxi Grand Opera House Xi’an where we had a rich dumpling banquet and watched a grand Tang Palace Dance Show.

The food they served at the beginning was quite good and I was so surprised by the various dumplings. I got say those cooks are so imaginative.

When we finished the food, dance show was about to begin. I asked for a program menu on which there were bilingual program names such as Hua Qing Palace, White Sleeve Dance, Panpipe solo “Spring Orioles Songs”, Spring Outing, etc. and their explanations. The hosts were dressed in Tang clothes as royals of Tang dynasty. Each program was explained in bilingual at the beginning which helped a lot. Beside gorgeous costumes and stage light, beautiful music and talented performers, the ten programs was also well organized, making the whole show enrich. What impressed me most was White Sleeve Dance. The dancers waved their long sleeves that make beautiful shape. It was said it is a folk dance originated as early as Jin Dynasty (AD256~316) and became very popular in Central China during Tang Dynasty. The background song was written by Li Bai, a famous poet in Tang Dynasty.

It was a wonderful experience, whether the dumpling banquet or the dance show.

  • Visited November 2012
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    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“History lesson by way of dance show”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A very elaborate cultural show depicting the history of the Tang Dynasty. There were periods of war, peace and glamour. There were english subtitles to provide relevant stories as depicted by the dances.
Very elaborate costumes and good use lightings and sound system.
For non Chinese, this would be a good introduction to chinese history and culture.
The place was packed with foreigners.
A 1.5 hours show with choice of dinner plus show or show only.

Visited October 2012
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“Painful experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We spent an evening at the Tang Dynasty, where we had a dumpling banquet to start followed by the music and dance show.

The dumpling banquet itself was fine - I particularly enjoyed the dumplings which were shaped into animals. However, many of them really pretty bland and I have definitely tasted better. I'd recommend asking around for a better dumpling banquet, as I'm sure you could find better in Xi'an.

But the real disappointment was the show - it was extremely tacky, and the only real talent was a lady playing wind pipes and a trumpet player. Other than that, I couldn't wait for the show to be over. The theatre itself is old and grubby, and could really do with a make over.

We paid 300RMB each for the experience, which in my opinion was a total rip off. If you have any alternative plans for an evening, I would do that.

Visited October 2012
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