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LanceBombardier
Townsville, Australia99 contributions
Unbelievably excellent
Nov 2019
We were strongly recommended to attend this by our tour guide (who we rather unfairly suspected of getting a commission, but actually got us a large discount).
It's easily the most spectacular show in the world. It's outdoors and can be quite chilly, but don't be deterred.
There are four separate outdoor stages and the whole auditorium rotates to face each in turn - quite a surprise the first time it happens.
It's a usual sort of star-crossed lovers but the spectacle makes the story not very necessary.
DO NOT MISS THIS
Written January 3, 2020
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK721 contributions
This show is amazing.
May 2019 • Couples
Incredible use of technology with impressive Chinese style dancing telling a Silk Road story about a young princess and an artist who run off together. The costumes and choreography are superb and blend perfectly with the music.
The whole audience rotates with the performers which gives a unique experience. The show is very popular with Chinese tourists and even though hardly any English is spoken it is still a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Tickets are not cheap but when you see the show you realize it is worth every penny. If you are in Dunhuang do not miss this show. An additional bonus is that it is within easy walking distance of the Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel.
Written June 9, 2019
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Lawrence S
Santa Clara, CA161 contributions
Unexpectedly Excellent Show
May 2019 • Business
“You Jian Dunhuang” is a theatrical production in Dunhuang. The English translation is “Seeing Dunhuang Again”. It is a show that involves standing for about 45 minutes and moving from one theater to another throughout the show. Production value and quality is excellent on a par with Broadway productions. The last performance is seated in a large theater and is spectacular with use of video projection, moving stages, and magnificent costumes.

I recommend that non-Mandarin speakers attend with someone who can translate the show because it delves into the history of Dunhuang and the Mogao Grottoes.

If you attend without language assistance, you’ll not be able to grasp the story and the history that is being replayed before your eyes.

Written May 28, 2019
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sqweeling
Singapore, Singapore145 contributions
Unexpected, knowledge of some of its history required
May 2019 • Friends
We watched the Encore Dunhuang《又见敦煌》choreograph by the famous Wang Chaoge after visiting the Mogao Caves. These two locations are near each other and can be achieved in 1 full day. The theatre was an grand glass building that looked like a wave or pyramid structure. Good to go about 20 mins earlier cos your bags need to be deposited at another building.

It was a very dramatic and artful portrayal of the historical content in Dun Huang. Expect to be moving from hall to hall and there were action from various angles. Also expect to be standing for at least 30-45 mins. Love the use of sand to thread the whole historical background together. The way each story was portrayed was dramatic and it was an interesting way to learn real life happenings in Dunhuang, an important segment of the Silk Road.

What could have made it a little better is a short write up on the characters and which time period it happened. After the show, those information can help interested people to do a little more research to know the details of the character. Reading up about some key characters will also enhance the whole experience.
Written May 20, 2019
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Gorgan
Florence, Italy110 contributions
Amazing show in Dunhuang
May 2019 • Solo
Three different shows are performed in Dunhuang in different theatres. I decided to opt for the most expensive one as I was told it was by far the best. The show begins at 8 PM and costs 298 RMB. The venue is the brand new theater which is located not that far from the entrance of Mogao caves. I truly enjoyed the show even if I could understand only a little of what was going on. The narrator spoke in Chinese of course and I couldn’t understand what he said. Despite of that the show was really amazing. All the actors and actresses were fantastic. The costumes were awesome and there were also many special effects. The main feature of the show is that the audience will move to different places to follow the performers. Very good pictures can be taken as the performers are very close to the spectators. I think this show is really a must see for all those who spend their holiday in Dunhuang.
Written May 13, 2019
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lvartell
Lanzhou, China82 contributions
Most unique theatre experience
May 2019 • Solo
The theatre moves as you go to each new scene. For the Grottoe scenes the theatre moves inside a large cave and the visual and performance is truly unique.
Written May 9, 2019
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TanSuoTravel
London, UK264 contributions
An Evening of Romance and Tragedy
Jun 2018 • Friends
We're not normally big fans of seeing evening shows in China, as they tend to be quite homogeneous, but we were convinced by a local taxi driver in Dunhuang to go see the Silk Road show (known as "Silk Road, Flower Rain") at the Dunhuang Theatre, since he offered us discounted tickets.

The story revolves around the construction of the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang, but tells the tragic (fictional) story of a talented fresco artist working within the Mogao Caves, whose beautiful daughter is kidnapped by bandits and sold into slavery as a dancer.

The story-line is surprisingly complex and really tugs at the heart strings, which left a few people in tears by the end of the night. The performance itself is a visual spectacular of unparalleled beauty, with stunning costumes, impressively choreographed dances, and an incredible set design. For such a remotely located theatre, it was very impressive!

The theatre itself is located quite far away from the city centre, so you'll need to take a taxi there. It's dauntingly large, but there are plenty of staff on hand to help you find your way so long as you show them your ticket.
Written May 8, 2019
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mikejoc
Atlanta25 contributions
Nice ballet with beautiful costiumes
Sep 2018 • Couples
We went there to see the ballet called "Silk Road." We bought tickets in the A section and sat in Row 3. The ballet told the story of the Silk Road and was performed to recorded classical music. There was minimal information about what the dance was depicting so I was not always sue what was going on. The sets and costuming were gorgeous. A couple of the dancers were pretty good, most were just okay.
Written September 20, 2018
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Konstantin-German
Moscow, Russia282 contributions
a NEW THEATER but with great traditional art of China
Jul 2017
Dunhuang Theater is a NEWLY BUILT THEATER but with great traditional art of China.
It is really good to visit it .
The traditional dance and opera are of very good quality.
Written December 29, 2017
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ArtyGr
Leiden, The Netherlands613 contributions
Amazing theatre..great show
Sep 2017 • Business
The theatre itself is a stunning piece of modern architecture with a fabulous white marbeld entrance hall. The interior was comfortable and the ballet that we saw (The Silk Road) was spectacular.
Written October 2, 2017
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