Tang Dynasty Show
Tang Dynasty Show
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Everyone will meet at the lobby of Tang Dynasty Palace by 7:00pm for you to get a ticket with your name. Enjoy the Splendid Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with fabulous music and dancing of Tang Dynasty, China's golden age. The show is also a different way for you to get to know the historical culture of ancient Xian city. What is great about this excursion is that it combines two great elements in one tour - an entertaining show and dumpling banquet that indulge all your senses. The dumpling banquet comes with approx. 18 varieties of dumplings including pork, chicken, mushroom and duck with leeks, carrots, lotus roots and more. The dumpling banquet starts around 7:00pm and after dinner you will enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. The show ends about 9:40pm and the tour ends at the Tang Dynasty Palace.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Julien Mihai
Bucharest, Romania73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
First of all, I have to say I don't really like dumplings. When you arrive, there's 1 hour time for eating dumplings then the show begins. The show is really amazing, I can't describe that much in words. After the show, there's a photo session with some of the actors of the show. But it takes time as everyone wants photos with them :) so, prepare yourself.
Written September 25, 2023
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Craig Kris C
Logan, UT8 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
Our family loved it. Ages 10 - 59. Costumes, music, and effects were amazing. We only attended the show. A dinner is provided before the show if you wish.

A brief summary in Mandarin and English was given at the beginning of each act. This really helped us follow the story.

After the show, I spent time learning about Empress Wu Zetian.
Written April 5, 2024
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Johann&Sandra
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There are now three different Tang Dynasty Dinner Shows in Xi'An. The one that this review thread is about is not the one with the dumpling banquet. That is a different one. This one features a 6-course dinner and is the original one, started in 1988. It is at the Tang Dynasty Theater on Changan Road.

This show is an excellent night out for a tourist in Xi'An. The narration is in English, there is a complimentary program that tells you what is going on, and the story behind everything, and a delicious dinner that appeals to both western and Asian tastes. The theater is beautiful, the costumes are dazzling, and the live ancient music during dinner is really a nice touch. We also appreciated that it would be so easy to play a soundtrack or canned music, but instead all the music during the show is performed live with an orchestra of Chinese instruments, with all the songs actually sung live by a small choir.
It feels like they didn't cut any corners with this like so many tourist shows do (think Beijing Opera), just a solid and entertaining performance.

The dinner was surprisingly good - we were wary of the food because at these type of things it is usually pretty poor. It started with a couple kinds of dumplings, followed by some yummy prawns and glazed walnuts and a black mushroom soup that was tasty. Next was a couple pieces of what they call Filet Mignon, but tasted more like Salisbury Steak, so don't get too excited. It is finished off with a couple nice sweet things. We enjoyed it. Drinks are not included, but they are available. Of course there are lots of souvenirs available to buy. We recommend doing the dinner because the people who only bought the show got seats in the very back. Book and arrive early. It's first-come, first-serve seating for the most part.

We were impressed with the costumes, the music, the production, and the theater. This was a very enjoyable evening - I must say we were surprised, but pleasantly so. We didn't see the show that features the dumpling banquet, but we do like dumplings, so we went to that restaurant the next day and had the dumpling banquet without the show. It was quite unique, very special to Xi'An. Tasty, but you have to really like dumplings, and the layout of the Tang Dynasty Theater was much nicer than this restaurant.
Written September 14, 2009
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Horsenbuggy
USA24 contributions
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I was really really really impressed with this show. I went into it with no expectations and was blown away. It is just the right length, not too long. The dances are mesmerizing. The only thing I could have done without was the "master" flute player. I just don't happen to be a fan of that type of flute playing.

I wasn't overwhelmed by the food, but the others in my party seemed to enjoy it. I am a very picky eater.
Written April 3, 2007
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chris32137
Palm Coast, FL259 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Couples
There are few stranger combinations, but this one really works! We went and LOVED it. What a show, what an extravaganza, what dumplings! (Dumplings? Yes, dumplings...).

Music, spectacle, song, dance, costumes. Don't miss it!

I'd write more, but the pictures say it all.
Written October 9, 2011
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michdgc
Gold Coast, Australia24 contributions
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Feb 2011
We were originally looking to go to the less expensive dumpling show in Xian but it was not available so, at the suggestion of our hotel receptionist, we went to the dearer (500Y per person) Tang Dynasty theatre on Changan Rd.

This theatre production includes a live Chinese-style orchestra and a vocal choir which accompanies a dancing, acrobatic, and kungfu performance. The vocalists and instrumentalists are excellent and are so much better than the tapes or CDs that are used at many of these types of shows.

Prior to the performance we enjoyed a delicious 5-course Western/Chinese meal that included a bottomless cup of warm rice wine. However, the dinner is quite expensive and, for this reason, I would recommend dining elsewhere and arriving at the theatre just before the show begins (8pm). A show-only ticket is much more reasonably priced.
Written February 19, 2011
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ChrisMcMillan
Chengde, China200 contributions
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I have just returned from China on a UK fully guided package tour and Xi'an and its Tang Dynasty Dinner/Show was an optional extra on our 2 night stay.

Our party elected not to go for the meal option, but when we arrived in the auditorium just as they were finishing the meal, some of our party were very pleased we hadn't joined in as the overall noise level was more than they could deal with. On the whole we had been sheltered from the high volume of hundreds of people in one room throughout our tour.

We were seated towards the back of the auditorium on a raised platform so we were able to look directly across to the stage. We were given a programme, but to me at least it wasn't obvious which pieces would be performed in which order. Pictures of faces and a name won't do much.

I have had an interest in the traditional music of China for about 15 years so was able to identify the instruments when the music was played on stage. The 'piao xiao' soloist was great : once I'd worked out that I recognised the instrument. I realise that the Chinese don't go in for explanations of any kind. Indeed thsi was the only place we even received a programme.

Their speed of scene change is a joy. All UK performers could learn from that one.

I was, I think, the only one in my party with an interest in traditional music though I had never seen any of the dancing before. I think for their sakes it was probably the right length.

The following day - our last of the tour - we returned to the venue where we'd seen the show to have our lunch. This was a buffet style meal and we helped ourselves. I don't know that it was strictly a Tang dynasty meal, although the auditorium had 'Tang Dynasty' symbols around the place.

I didn't catch it on camera but as we arrived in the auditorium the chef was making long life noodles.

The food was excellent - but I have to say that all the food I had on the trip was of the highest standard and only some care needed when removing fish meat from unfilletted fish was needed anywhere.
Written April 22, 2007
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suelumby
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
We got the dumpling and the show package, it was recommended to us by our local travel guide. We were traveling independently. typical tourist trap.
The room was packed with too many people in too small a place. It was loud and there was no atmosphere, we were all crowded in under very bright lights. Waiters and waitresses madly racing up and down the aisles. It was very hard to get a drink as the staff were too busy trying to get all the tables served and meals out as quickly as possible, we only had an hour to eat supposedly 17 courses. Each course being one dumpling each. So we ended up with 14 dumplings, one small bowl of soup and 2 dessert courses.

The dumplings were awful, they were over cooked, chewy and dried out. They all tasted the same, the soup was bland and was cold even though it was heated at our table. The waitress took the soup off heat before it was ready. The waitress was so busy she forgot to give us our fried dumpling course and it was delivered to our table cold after we had already received dessert. Obviously we didn't eat them.

There was no personal connection between the staff and guests. After the dumplings were basically thrown onto our table with a very brief explanation of what they were, the waitress was off very quickly to provide the next table with their mass produced and over cooked dumplings.

The only good part of the evening was the show. The stage settings, costumes, dancing and music was all very well done.
However that would not be enough to make me return there again. I would not recommend this dinner and show to anyone.
If you want to experience good dumplings go to a good local street restaurant.
It was not value for money at all.
Written March 25, 2013
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brian_furman2003
Glasgow, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Our guide recommended this show, preceded by a traditional dumpling dinner. We went with some trepidation, especially as it carried what seemed to be a heavy price tag of ¥388 per person (£44). However, it turned out to be a brilliant evening. Before the show we were provided with a dinner comprising several different types of dumplings, both savoury and sweet, along with chicken soup and various salads, and ending with water melon. There was more food than we could eat. Then came the show, which can be described in just one word - "stunning"! The show lasted just over one hour and the music, dancing and singing were just fabulous. I can say without hesitation that no visit to Xi'An is complete without this spectacular experience.
Written July 31, 2017
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773captain
Newberg, OR55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
I travel over 100,000 miles a year, and the first warning sign when entering a restaurant in a foreign city is when no locals eat there.

We came with low expectations, we were not expecting great good, and figured the show would be a bit kitschy.. But we could not imagine how bad it was.

First, the decor looks like a Chinese restaurant in a suburban midwest strip mall. The decorations are so cheap looking they do not even begin to look authentic.

The food was nearly inedible, without a doubt the worst food I have been served in over a dozen trips to China over the past 17 years. Thank god for hotel room service, or we would have gone to bed hungry.

But most disappointing was the show, which lacked ANY of the elements of structured (read: proper choreographed) traditional Chinese dance. And as a former music video producer, married to a former NYC ballet dancer, I am fairly certain we are qualified to judge.

Lastly, a complete rip off, exceeding US$100 per person, when GREAT food can be had for under US$20 per person, and good local food under US$5 per person.

Avoid at all costs!
Written March 26, 2014
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