Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City Facts
In Chinese: 大唐不夜城
Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City is located in Xian’s Yanta District, at the foot of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Running 2100m (6890ft) north from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda South Square south to South Tang Dynasty City Wall ruins, and 500m (1640ft) east from Ci’en East Road west to Ci’en West Road, with a total construction area of 650000 square meters, it is Asia's largest sculpture landscape street and the country's first street with face-scanning software payment function.
Type: Sights & Landmarks, Ancient Ruins
Opening time: access all day
Best time to visit: all year round
Entrance fee: free of charge
Address: Yanta District, Xian, Shaanxi Province
Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City (大唐不夜城) stretches from the north of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda South Square to the Tang City Wall ruins in the south, from Cien East Road in the east to Cien West Road in the west. The block is 2100 meters long from north to south and 500 meters wide from east to west. It is the only large-scale Tang-style architecture pedestrian street in the country that is based on the prosperous Tang culture.
Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City is inspired by Tang Dynasty Culture. It has four large squares, four cultural venues and five cultural sculpture groups, such as the Datang Buddhist Culture, making it the first choice for experiencing Tang Dynasty culture in Xi'an. At night, the area is illuminated with bright lights, and the ancient buildings in the light and shadow are magnificent and magnificent, as if the prosperous Tang Dynasty has reappeared.
Grand Tang Dynasty Ever-bright City is located between the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Paradise, full of Tang stylistic elements. Ever-bright City's Central Axis View Avenue is a 1,500-meter central and sculptured pedestrian street that runs from the north and south. It is surrounded by nine groups of themed groups such as the emperor, historical figures, heroic stories, and classic works of art, offering three-dimensional representations of the Tang Dynasty's supremacy in the fields of religion, art, science and technology and to highlight the great country.
The whole pedestrian street is flanked with nine group sculptures in honor of Tang emperors and other historical and legendary figures. Kaiyuan Flourishing Age is the sculpture with the most figures including the emperor Li Longji, his 6 favorite courtiers, 20 envoys and 42 people playing instruments. The sculpture of Li Shimin, who was the second Tang emperor, is the tallest sculpture at 17.95m (19.63yd). Here tourists can also find Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history, plus famous poets of Tang Dynasty including Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi, Wang Wei and others. There are also the four eminent monks who contributed greatly to the spread of Buddhism during that period: Xuan Zang, Jian Zhen, Hui Neng and Kong Hai.
All the trees in the Great Tang All Day Mall are decorated with yellow LED strips around the trunk and colorful bulbs on the branches, shining brightly at night. Also, the traditional-style architecture is lit up by spotlights in the air and the bright lights of the buildings themselves. Tourists can also appreciate the lights on the ground, which are shaped like snowflakes, leaves, flowers and Chinese characters. You will feel as is you are walking on a giant painted scroll.
The Tumbler Performance is the most popular performance at the Great Tang All Day Mall. A young lady in Tang clothes stands on a semi-circular base and gently dances without touching the ground, reminding you one of a fairy from the Tang Dynasty. If you are lucky enough, she may interact with you by stretching her hands towards you. In addition, seven different bands perform on the street one after another all day. No matter whether chorus, jazz or rock music, each will generate a relaxing atmosphere.
On each side of the pedestrian street, there is a Piano Path 100m (109yd) long. When tourists tread on the ‘piano keys’, the LED strip will change color, and a pleasant melody will be heard. Everyone can be a pianist here!
Along the pedestrian street are several 3-D Human Printers, which are actually special walls made of an uncountable number of movable sticks. If you press yourself against one side of the wall, the shape of your body will show on the other side.
It may seem weird to see many people shouting in front of a fountain. Actually they are controlling the height of the fountain through the changes in sound. This attraction can truly relieve your stress.
Don’t worry about where to buy cute souvenirs. At the Cultural and Creative Fair, there are many novelties such as hair pins, face masks and canvas bags. All of them are designed with Tang motifs, thus a good reminder of this tour in Xi’an.
Here, tourists can readily savor the local cuisine including Dumpling Dinner, Mutton Stew (Yangrou Paomao), Cold Noodles (Liang Pi) and Shannxi Sandwich (Rou Jia Mo). In addition, gourmets can also try cuisine from other regions such as Beijing Roast Duck, Sichuan Hot Pot, Chongqing Noodles, and so on! If you want to have some exotic foods, various restaurants in the shopping mall will satisfy your demands. Tourists will be spoiled by the choices such as Singapore curry rice, Japanese sushi and much more...
Apart from all the activities and attractions mentioned above, the Great Tang All Day Mall is also home to the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shannxi Opera House, Qujiang Movie City and Shannxi Artists’ Gallery. Discerning tourists can heartily enjoy art here.
As the ancient capital city of China for 13 dynasties, ruled by 73 emperors, Xian has left massive cultural heritages and relics for you to explore. Within about two days, you can finish visiting the main sites, which include the incredible man-made wonder, the Terracotta Warriors, the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Muslim Quarter where you can get to try the local cuisines. Besides, biking around the Ancient City Wall and tracing back the history at Shaanxi History Museum and watching the Tang Dynasty Show, all of these activities are definitely unmissable for your stay in Xian. Now, it is available to have 72 hours Visa-Free Transit in Xian, and you can go for a history and culture tour or photography tour to explore all the stunning attractions in the city even without applying for a visa.
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