So far, people who have seen the show all love it and say it is more spectacular than any other shows they have ever seen. So what’s so great about the show?
The show is based on a Chinese poem called “Song of Everlasting Sorrow” (Chang Hen Ge) which recounts the romantic yet tragic love story of Emperor Xuanzhong and his favorite concubine Yang Guifei in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). This dancing and music extravaganza sets at the foot of Mount Li in Lintong District in Huaqing Palace, an important and symbolic Tang Dynasty theme attraction which is a mere 30km away from the city center of Xi’an.
Therefore, the Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show is presented on the real-scene in Huaqing Palace with backdrop of the majestic Mount Li, ponds and pavilions in the background. The performance in the magnificent open air door theatre incorporates the use of music, dance, water, fire, high-tech lighting, movable stages and special effects with the perfect costumes, dancers and performers. All of the mountain as the lights projected onto it becomes a part of the scenery, as the water surrounding the stage. This spectacular visual experience entices and leaves crowds continuingly gasping in awe.
Don’t worry that the show is in Chinese with no English subtitles provided. There is not much dialogue, mostly music and dance. The plot is easy enough to follow lack of understanding of Chinese. So you can still enjoy the show pleasantly which will take you to travel back in time to witness the love that took place at the foot of Mount Li, and experience the culture of the glorious era of Tang Dynasty.
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show is between 8:20PM and 9:30PM and since the location is away from the city center, it might be difficult to return to the downtown after the show. So you are suggested to stay overnight in a hotel nearby Huaqing Palace. In addition, it’s on the way to the famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses so a tour to Terracotta Warriors Museum in the morning is recommended. After lunch climb the Mount Li to appreciate the beautiful scenery. By then would be evening and just in time to see the Song of Everlasting Sorrow at night, which makes the perfect end to your day.
The show only can be seen between the months of April and October. Don’t miss this phenomenal performance that will surpass your expectations if you so happen to be visiting Xian.