Leather Shadow Play is an ancient and unique opera arts in China. It is most popular in Guanzhong Plain. The libretto of Leather Shadow Play are mainly Qin Opera and the content of the show are created based on Chinese legends and well known stories. Whether you know Chinese or not, the show will be a great joy. And a lesson to learn the leather shadow play will be much interesting.
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.
Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at confirmed time and transfer to have the Leather Shadow Play class. You will have the class in: Small Wild Goose Pagoda or Gao Family Courtyard. Both of them locate in downtown area of Xian city. There is a small garden named Yanyuan inside of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda provides many interesting Chinese traditional folk activity like Shadow Play, Calligraphy, Rubbings, Han Chinese Clothing dress and so on. Gao Family Courtyard is a 400-year-old residential courtyards where you could spend some time to observe the layout of rich Chinese family’s house in ancient time after the class.
Arriving in the theater or Gao Family’s Courtyard, you will firstly 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 please enjoy the show appreciating time. The local artists will perform 1-2 shows. After the show appreciating, the artist will teach you how to perform a leather shadow play. You will find it demands strong coordination.
After the pleasant time at Gao Family Courtyard or Small Wild Goose Pagoda, you will be escorted back to hotel.
- Air-conditioned car and licensed driver
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fee
- One bottle of water per person per day
- Meal (If you need lunch or dinner arranged by us, please advise in advance.)
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities (recommended)