Ancient-styled Guests Welcoming Ceremony in Xian

As the ancient capital of 13 dynasties, Xi’an boasts many historic attractions and sites, among them, the Ancient City Wall is one of the must-visit. Stretching over 14 kilometers in length, the wall has several gates for entry. If you travel to Xi’an for the first time, it’s highly recommended to ascend the city wall from the South Gate, aka Yongning Gate, which offers a ceremonial entrance and great photo opportunities. Besides admiring the panoramic view from this gate, the ancient-styled ceremony of welcoming guests to Xi’an is also a can’t-miss. This welcoming ceremony is a symbolization of Xi’an’s hospitality to guests from all over the world.

Welcome Ceremony in Xian
Welcome Ceremony

Xian Guest Welcoming Ceremony in Ancient Times

During the Tang Dynasty, the main welcoming gate to Xi’an is Anyuan Gate, aka Northern City Gate. It stood as the primary gateway for imperial receptions during that time, and was praised as the “First Gate of the Ancient City”.

According to the records, during the flourishing days of the Tang Dynasty, armored warriors would stand still on either side of the gate and hail in unison: “open the city gate” as guests approached. Then, the vermilion doors will be slowly opened, being accompanied by pleasing ancient melodies and dances.

Current Welcome Ceremony at The South City Gate (Yongning Gate)

Now, at the Southern City Gate, “Dream of Chang’an – Grand Welcome Ceremony of the Tang Dynasty” show is staged routinely to allow visitors to experience the grand welcoming ceremony of the Tang Dynasty and the hospitality of Xi’an.

Xian Guest Welcoming Ceremony
Xian Guest Welcoming Ceremony

As the only national-level ancient-style welcoming ceremony in China, the show offers visitors a great opportunity to immerse in the history and culture of the Tang Dynasty.

Over its 27-year run, the performance has continuously enriched its performance styles, aiming to recreate the prosperous scenery of the Tang Dynasty. Visitors will follow the attendants to trade the ceremonial pathway, cross the drawbridge, traverse the corridor, and enter the city gate to feel the spirit of the flourishing Tang Dynasty.

Tips for Shows at Yongning Gate

There are shows staged at the Yongning Gate of Xian City Wall each week, below are some useful tips for the shows:

Dream of Chang’an – Grand Welcome Ceremony of the Tang Dynasty Show

  • Time: 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM every Thursday to Sunday
  • Ticket Price:260RMB/580RMB (including scenic area admission)
  • Route of the performance:South Gate Cultural Plaza – Ceremonial Pathway – Celebration Square – Drawbridge – Yuecheng – West Yong Road – Wengcheng
Guest Welcoming Ceremony to Xian
Guest Welcoming Ceremony to Xian

Warrior Sentry Patrol

  • Time: 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Ticket price: free

Ceremony of Warrior Changing of Guard

  • Time: 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM
  • Ticket price: free