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“Chinese classical music, dance, poetry 'lite' (?!)” 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 #25 of 1,599 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.
Perth WA
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“Chinese classical music, dance, poetry 'lite' (?!)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The Tang Dynasty is known for its arts, culture, poetry and general prosperity even to comparative culturally-challenged Chinese (such as me). I have an uncle who is more culturally literate and who has been encouraging me to learn more about this fascinating chapter of Chinese history. So when fellow traveller (hereafter FT) & I were collected at the airport by a guide and a driver & I saw the brochure, I picked it up and gave it a glance. After one of our tours, the guide (more about him in another review) - perhaps seizing a sales opportunity - said he could get us in for a discount price & would we like local cuisine, ie., local dumplings made specially?! FT is vegetarian, we said. No problems, we were told. To be honest, by this time, I was a bit wary of the guide ... he had already mentioned that tourists were not usual at this time of the year, "except for the Russians who love the cold" and I was beginning to think he did not want to be working! His enthusiasm and commentary had been lacking, compared to other guides I overheard (English as well as Mandarin-speaking ... I am not fluent enough in Mandarin & am more fluent in English so it made sense to have an English-speaking guide). ANYWAY, we got there, paid ¥300 to the guide (the tix said ¥388), we were taken to our large table, other patrons were on other tables and we got each got our version of the dumplings ("no meat" for FT). We were told quite sternly that the deal only included 1 glass of soft drink! FT said the vegetarian stuff was OK. I am a bit of a dim sum & dumpling fan so just rated this 4 or 5 out of 10.

Bouquets or (+s): energy of the performers, lavish costumes, the English explanations for the linguistically-challenged (ha ha, includes me, btw), the research. Brickbats? Music or muzak (made me think of 'hooked on classics' if you are of an age that remembers those). The cardboard sword! I kept thinking I was in the land where I could see stainless steel everywhere ... And examples of fine craft, great imitations ... Surely someone could have made the lady sword dancer a lightweight sword for her dance? And not a sword that bent where one would not want it to?!

FT described the show as "cheesiest thing I've seen".

Tip for future viewers: see if you can get a table on the elevated section but the establishment may fill the tables from stage (front) to the back. Show without the dumplings also available. On our table that night was a family who spoke Spanish (one of them was in China studying Mandarin, it seemed to me) and a group made up of 3 20somethings: 1 was American-born Chinese, another an American guy & 3 was a Turkish woman completing a teaching Chinese qualification. The group next to us were Russian. Said to FT, this is for tourists only BUT was proved wrong by a number of Chinese viewers, and I am guessing not all of them were 'hwa qiao' (overseas Chinese).

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“River Dance, Chinese style???????? (with food).”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We were a family group, four adults and two children. Can it work? Eating and trying to enjoy the show. Not for me i'm afraid. It was a large arena. Packed with foreign tourists, Standing taking photos. Both the food and the show were 'manufactured'. The best that can be said is that it had a jaded buzz......

Visited June 2012
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“If your going to a major city wait.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

A regional show that is by China standards average. The better shows are in the big cities (excluding Shoalin temple).

Dont particularly like local cusine and this event provides dinner which i think is pretty poor, but you shouldn't be coming here for the dinner its more the show. If you have time then its an option in an otherwise slow regiinal town.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing but....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Our group of 34 was dead-tired by the time we arrived and that's probably why at least 20 or 25 were caught napping during the show. Music was so mellow and soft it encouraged sleep. But production, choreography and especially costumes were excellent.

Visited November 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Interesting food & dance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This is a cultural show with a meal consistent with a Tang emperor's feast - lots of different types of dumplings - pig faced ducks cauliflowers & others. Ther is then a dance performance which is said to authentic as the Tang emperor both saw & wrote. However some of the music seemed somewhat modern as well as having string backings. Having said this the show was most entertaining especially the young lady with the Chinese zither & the man with the trumpets. As a sideline we travelled to the show in a 'tutubak' - like a little box attached to a small motorcycle - frightening but exciting & much more fun than an ordinary taxi. Street travel in China is exciting!

Visited November 2012
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