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Tour Overview

Leather Shadow Play, an ancient and distinctive Chinese opera art, thrives in the Guanzhong Plain. Drawing from the rich tradition of Qin Opera, its libretto weaves tales from Chinese legends. Language barriers fade as the mesmerizing performances transcend linguistic confines, promising joy to audiences regardless of their familiarity with Chinese. Delving into the art of Leather Shadow Play becomes a captivating and enlightening experience, turning each lesson into a fascinating exploration of this unique cultural form.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Gain an insight into one of China’s ancient and unique opera arts – Shadow Play, from your well-informed guide.
2. Learn how to perform shadow play under the guidance of local artists.
3. Have a chance to see the layout of the houses of wealthy families in ancient China.


Upon reaching the confirmed meeting time, our guide and driver will greet you in the hotel lobby and accompany you to the Leather Shadow Play class. The class venue, whether held in the historic Small Wild Goose Pagoda or the culturally rich Gao Family Courtyard, both nestled in downtown Xian, promises an immersive experience. Small Wild Goose Pagoda boasts Yanyuan, a quaint garden offering diverse traditional Chinese folk activities such as Shadow Play, Calligraphy, Rubbings, and Han Chinese Clothing dressing. Gao Family Courtyard, a venerable 400-year-old residence, allows you to explore the layout of an affluent Chinese family’s house from ancient times post-class, adding a historical touch to your visit.

Xian Shadow Play Class
An artist is performing shadow play

Arriving at the theater or Gao Family’s Courtyard, you will first go to the room behind the scenes supporter to see leather figures and some other performance tools. If you want to try it in person, just feel free to ask the local artist to teach and try handling the figures to have a first impression of leather shadow. Then, enjoy the show appreciate time. The local artists will perform 1-2 shows. After the show, the artist will teach you how to perform a leather shadow play. You will find it demands strong coordination.

After a pleasant time at Gao Family Courtyard or Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will be escorted back to the hotel.

Xian Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Small Wild Goose Pagoda


Tour Price Per Person ($=USD)

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.


Price includes

  • Air-conditioned car and licensed driver
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • One bottle of water per person per day

Price excludes

  • Meal (If you need lunch or dinner arranged by us, please advise in advance.)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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