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Tour Overview

The tour will start with Qin Opera, a local opera of northwestern China. It is popular in Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, and Xinjiang. Till today, Qin Opera is the favorite thing for elder people. It can be vigorous and deep, and also soft and sentimental. After enjoying Qin Opera, you will watch vivid and interesting Shadow Play. Shadow Play can be called the oldest movie. You will be surprised by the ability of performers who need to operate puppets, play instruments, sing and talk at the same time. Adults and children both like it. The last part is Huayin Laoqiang, a kind of opera from Huayin County of Shaanxi Province. From a less-known opera to a unique art form even played on the world stage, the old artists never gave up and made a lot of efforts. Pick this tour to have an unforgettable night in Xian!

Highlights of this tour:

* Enjoy an evening of ancient storytelling and great music at China’s oldest opera.
* Watch a traditional shadow play performance and the Huayin Laoqiang, a kind of opera from Huayin County of Shaanxi Province compared to rock and roll.
* Learn about the long history of the Qin Opera and how it gradually developed and matured during the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC).

At about 18:00, meet your guide and driver at your downtown hotel and head to the theater. In the following 2 hours, you will enjoy 3 kinds of local traditional shows: Qin Opera, Shadow Play, and Huayin Laoqiang.

Qin Opera, one of the oldest operas of Han People, dates back to the Western Zhou Dynasty. It gradually developed and matured in the Qin Dynasty. Originating from Fengxiang area of Baoji to the northwest of Xian City, Qin Opera was listed as the national non-material cultural heritage in 2006.

Qin Opera show in Xian
Qin Opera show in Xian

Shadow Play used to be popular in many areas of China. Figures used are cut from animal skin or pressboard. With the white curtain lit by light, performing artists sit behind the curtain to handle the leather figures to let them dance to the local opera or melody, or dance to the story.

Shadow Play in Xian

Huayin Laoqiang is honored as the oldest rock-and-roll in China. In 2006, it was listed as the national non-material cultural heritage. To quite a few musicians, it is an inspiration for music creation. At the end of the tour, the guide and driver will escort you back to the hotel. Your Xian night tour of Qin Opera & Shadow Play ends here.

Xian Folk Performance - Huayin Laoqiang

Tour Price Per Person

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

Price includes

  • Entrance tickets (common seat)
  • Private transfer in air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and skillful driver

Price excludes

  • Personal expense
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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