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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

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Xi'an The Shadow Show

Xi'an The Shadow Show

The Shadow Show is called Pi Ying in Chinese. The dramatis personae are controlled by actors, so it is also named "Shadow Puppet Show". The shadow show is an age-old popular folk art of China. About its headspring, there is a beautiful legend that Emperor Wudi (156-87B.C.) of the Western Han was depressed with the death of his favorite concubine Lady Li. To help him get over the sadness, an occultist sculptured a wooden figure in the likeness of the lady and projected its shadow on a curtain for the emperor to see, bringing him consolation with the belief that the shadow was her spirit. This is the naissance of the Shadow Puppet Show.

The Shadow Show has become very popular as early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279).In the 13th century the shadow spread to distant countries like Persia, Arabia and Turkey and later it was introduced into Southeastern Asian countries. In the mid-18th century, the show began to spread to Europe.

Xi'an The Shadow ShowThe Shadow Show is a very interesting performance, which is used the leather puppets and lamplight to perform behind a screen. The actors control them while singing with the traditional musical instruments accompanied. Its aria sounds very melodious and its performance enjoys vivid, lovely, amusing and fascinating. The show obtains materials from the ancient historical stories and folk legends. Sometimes the play can be quite dramatic when it comes to fairy tales or Kungfu stories, the "actor" may be made to ride on clouds or perform unusual feats. Maybe you do not understand the dialogs of the show whereas you also can get nice enjoyment by its wonderful plots and graceful music. Please remember take your camera! You can take photos both in front of the screen and in behind it. You can also see how the puppeteers do behind the screen. Do not miss the magical show!

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The Shadow Show
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