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Xi'an Tour to Enjoy Shadow Puppet Show in Gao's Courtyard

From $48 per person

Tour Style:
Xi'an Tour to Enjoy Shadow Puppet Show in Gao's Courtyard is an art tour to appreciate Xian Shadow Puppet in an old architecture and learn how to make paper cutting.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Attractions(Cities):
Xi'an Shadow Puppet, Gao' Courtyard, Tangbo Art Museum, Chinese Paper Cutting

Pick-up point:
Xi'an train station or your hotel in Xi'an (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Xi'an train station or your hotel in Xi'an (based on your requirement)

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Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Xi'an
  • Today's Activities: Xi'an Shadow Puppet, Gao' Courtyard, Tangbo Art Museum, Chinese Paper Cutting
  • Accommondation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Today, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Xian or Xian train station, you'll find a welcome signage "Xian Private Tour". And you'll have chance to enjoy the Shadow Puppet Show in Gao' Courtyard. Afterwards, your tour guide will take you to Tangbo Art Museum, and you'll learn Chinese Paper Cutting. 

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After finished the tour, our tour guide will take you back to your hotel in Xian or Xian train station and your tour ends.

Xian Shadow Puppet
The Shadow Puppet Show is found at Gao Grand Courtyard on Beiyuanmen Street in the central Muslim Quarter of Xian. From the Bell Tower travel to the Drum Tower and at the back of the drum tower is the entrance of Beiyuanmen Street. The Puppet show is found on the left side of the street, roughly half-way along. Drum Tower, entrance to Beiyuanmen Street and Beiyuanmen Street shown below.

Shadow Puppet, an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment using opaque, often shows figures in front of an illuminated backdrop to create the illusion of moving images, it enjoys great popularity in China. The performer manipulates the characters behind the screen while singing the libretto to tell the story. Shadow puppetry wins the heart of an audience by its lingering music, exquisite sculpture, brisk color and lively performance. One mouth tells stories of thousands of years; a pair of hands operates millions of soldiers. This is how the shadow puppeteer works. It is very amazing to watch shadow play in the Gao's Courtyard.

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Chinese Paper Cutting
Chinese paper-cutting is one of the oldest and the most popular folk arts in China. It was originated from ancient activities of worshipping ancestors and gods,  a traditional part of Chinese culture. Since the Eastern Han dynasty, as paper became more affordable since, paper-cutting became one of the most important types of Chinese folk art. Later, this art form spread to other parts of the world, with different regions adopting their own cultural styles. Because the cut-outs are often used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to as chuang hua window flowers or window paper-cuts. People glued the papercuts to the exterior of windows, so the light from the inside would shine through the negative space of the cutout.

The tools for paper cutting are simple: paper and scissors or an engraving knife, but clever and deft craftspeople are remarkably good at cutting in the theme of daily life. It is easy to learn about cutting a piece of paper but very difficult to master it with perfection. One must grasp the knife in an upright fashion and press evenly on the paper with some strength. Flexibility is required but any hesitation or wiggling will lead to imprecision or damage the whole image. Engravers stress the cutting lines in several styles. They attempt to carve a circle like the moon, a straight line like a stem of wheat, a square like a brick, and jaggedly like the beard. When you look at items made in this method carefully, you will be amazed by the true to life expressions of the figure's sentiment and appearance, or portrayal of natural plants and animals' diverse gestures. 

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Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide


Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
    itinerary.
8. Single Room Supplement.

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