Celebration Palace Park

Celebration Palace Park, Xi'an: Hours, Address, Celebration Palace Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Celebration Palace Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Edward L
Bristol, UK77 contributions
Jan 2019 • Business
The Celebration Palace Park is opposite the university in which I teach and was built in the 1950s, as a place of relaxation for staff and students, on the ruins of an ancient Chinese palace after the university had moved from Shanghai. Shortly it was opened as a public park.

If you visit in the mornings after about 8am you will see the amazing sight of hundreds, if not thousands, of mainly retired people, singing, dancing and making music on the paths that meander through the large wooded area. Some are organised groups , some are ad hoc but all demonstrate a love for life amongst these older people.

One of the most interesting sights is of people (mainly men) writing Chinese calligraphy in water with large brushes on the stone pavements.

As well as this human interest there a number of reconstructions of the original palace buildings, a small zoo and aviary and a few fun-fair rides, as well as a large lake on which you can rent a boat. There is something for everyone there. I recommend a visit.
Written January 5, 2019
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betteskid
Boston, MA921 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
I visited here on the recommendation of a guide and was so glad that I came. I came in the morning when many locals were doing various exercises (dancing, tai chi) and also singing in the park. Another group were playing instruments. The people were very welcoming and invited my friends and I to dance with them. It was a wonderful experience. I am not sure if these groups are there every day, but I think they are. This experience was like no other during my trip to China and I will remember it for a long time.
Written October 28, 2018
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tlynn63
Cincinnati, OH694 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Our tour group visited this park and it was a highlight for many of us. The park is green and pretty but what we really liked was seeing all the groups of retired people engaging in various activities and we were invited to join in many of the events. The groups were spread out over the park and we kept running into various groups doing TaiChi, caligraphy using huge brushes and water on the pavement, musical groups, individual music playing, dancing, singing, etc. When one music group saw us they invited us to stand before them while they played Jingle Bells on their band instruments. In the dance area, one lady took my arm and we danced for a long time, smiling and totally enjoying ourselves. At one point, she danced me over to her friend, stopped, posed, and had our picture taken before continuing. Many of the dance and music groups were dressed in costumes. This was the first park we saw this happening but later saw similar activities in two other parks during our China trip.
Written October 22, 2018
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CTS_Knows
Sarasota, FL2,515 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
I had seen tourists dancing in the park with locals on the tour group web site. In the video it seemed they just happened upon these locals. Apparently not! But, it was so much fun and everyone had a huge smile on their face as we experienced a once in a lifetime park.
Written August 21, 2018
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Art K
Monroe, NY111 contributions
Apr 2018
This was my first experience in a "People's Park" in China and it was a wonderful place where people gather together to dance, play music and generally enjoy themselves and have a great time. When we first walked into the park people were playing with a feathered shuttlecock playing a version of hacky sack. From there we watched people do Tai Chi and then a group dance with a band. Sue joined in while I filmed and took pictures. Everyone in our group loved it and joined in. We spent quite some time in the park watching older people enjoying life after retirement. Most are retirees as the age of retirement here in China in 50 for women and 55 for men.
Written July 22, 2018
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Susan G
Delray Beach, FL87 contributions
May 2018 • Family
We visited in the morning. There were groups of retirees dancing, singing and practicing tai chi. As we watched, we were invited to join in. The singing group’s orchestra played Jingle Bells for us.
Written July 14, 2018
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elindoo
Stuart, FL2,282 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Spent part of a morning here with our tour. The park has a ton of activities going on from fan dancing which you can join in on, to free massages on each other, also a group activity. Really enjoyed going here.
Written April 22, 2018
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Triplyzer I
500 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Celebration Palace Park - a great day spent enjoying in the beautiful sun walkinga mong the tranquil nature.
Written March 30, 2018
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Bobbyaisss
Fort Myers, FL224 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
I stayed at the Queen's hotel, Huanghou da jiu dian. So it's like 3 mins walk to this park. I've heard they used to charge 20 yuan to get in this place but about 10 years ago all the parks like this in Xi'an is open to public for free. It located next to the Xi'an Jiaotong Univeristy old campus, which is close to the south 2nd ring rd ( busiest road in Xi'an). Easy to get to and there's bus station on all the main exits. Park itself is amazing, it's big, but not overwhelming big. It's a good place to go anytime, morning, daytime, or night time. You can see local people work out there, dancing, and you feel the happiness. There's a bird zone in there, but we didnt really see that many birds. It's really a gem in the city.
Written September 8, 2016
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Professor-Kunich
Charlotte, NC78 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
This amazing park is known by several names, and even locals often don't know all of them, so be persistent. The official name is really XingQing Gong Park, which is sometimes written as one word. I walked there from the Bell Tower in about 45 minutes, so it's a bit of a hike but it can be done. Just across the street to the south is the main campus of prestigious Jiaotong University, which is very impressive and lovely in its own right. The part has many different groups of people doing Tai Chi and other gentle exercises every morning. Also elderly men painting the sidewalks with water, making beautiful Chinese calligraphy that soon evaporates. Live musicians and singers. Men doing phenomenal tricks with whips and spinning tops! Peaceful walking trails through trees and flowers and around the placid ponds. A wonderful oasis from the noise and hustle of the busy city all around. Go!!!!
Written June 19, 2016
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