Song Dynasty Town
As the largest theme park based on the culture of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in China, Song Dynasty Town is situate d south -west of West Lake Scenic Area with Five Cloud (Wuyun) Mountain to the north and Qiantang River to the south.
Highlights of the Song Dynasty Town
Combining the culture of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and the natural scenery of West Lake as one, the Song Dynasty Town fully displays the prosperous scene of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) by employing a combination of realistic and romantic techniques and absorbing them. It’s composed of the Culture Performance Area, the High-Tech Experience Area, the Liangshan Brothers’ Recreation Area, the Children’s Recreational Area, Marketplace (Shijing) Street, the Fairy Mountains and Buddhist Grottoes Area, the Song River, Rostrum Square and Southern Song Imperial Stone Slate Street.
Culture Performance Area
It consists of Qian Gu Qing Grand Theater (accommodating 4,700 seats), Song City Grand Theater and Culture Street, where various kinds of theatrical performances are available each day.
Fairy Hill and Buddha Cave Area
In history, Hangzhou was the Buddhist center in the south-east coast area of China. During the Southern Song Dynasty, temples were numerous and Buddhism was very popular. In the Fairy Hill and Buddha Cave Area, the highlights include Buddha cave exploration, a Shakya Muni statue, a reclined Buddha, the Mammon Temple, the Matchmaker Temple (Matchmaker is a god in charge of marriage in Chinese myths and legends) and Avalokitesvara Hall.
Qian Gu Qing Grand Theater
The theater highlights the large-scale singing and dancing performance ofThousand-Year Love in the Song Dynasty Town, which employs advanced high-techs to display the glory of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and it attracts thousands of visitors each day.
With a 26-meter (85 feet) tall mountain as its background, Culture Street is where large-scale celebratory activities, such as the Torch Festival and the Water-Splashing Festival, are held. As the fire on the mountain is lit during festivals, the locals bow to it to pray for happiness and peace.
High-Tech Experience Area
This area highlights recreational programs, such as the Live Riverside Scene of Pure Brightness, Frightening Spooky House, the Phantom of the Jungle, the Song Residence and Cricket Fighting.
Liangshan Brothers’ Recreation Area
The recreational programs in this area include: Free Falling Body, Big Pendulum, Chairoplane and Big Frog Jumping.
Children’s Recreational Area
It’s a favorite place for children, where the highlighted recreational programs are the Merry-Go-Round, Pirate Ship, Treasure Hunt on a Sandy Beach, Adventure Isle and Brave Fire Brigade.
Shijing Street is lined with stores, pavilions, terraces and towers, where many performances, such as throwing an embroidered ball to choose a husband, and puppet shows are available.
Fairy Mountains and Buddhist Grottoes Area
Hangzhou was once the Buddhist center in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), during which a number of Buddhist temples were built successively. In the area are the Exploring Buddhist Cave, the statue of Sakyamuni, the Temple of the God of Wealth, the Memorial Hall of the Match-Maker and the Kwan Yin Pavilion.
The one-kilometer (0.6-mile) long Song River is suitable for boating, along which the archaistic hostels, pavilions, pagodas, bars and tea houses are lined, and it’s more beautiful during the night.
As the most magnificent square in the Song Dynasty Town, Rostrum Square is a wonderful place for visitors to experience the lifestyle of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), where you can dress in the typical Song clothes and even an emperor’s robe.
Southern Song Imperial Stone Slate Street
The 120-meter (394-feet) long stone slate street stretches from the Song Dynasty City gate to Shijing Street, and it served as the imperial street just for emperors of the Southern Song Dynasty(1127-1279).
- Location: 148, Zhijiang Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou
- Bus routes:308, 514, K504, Y4, Y5, K658,5 and (游) 4
- Opening hours: 10 a m to 9:00 p m each day
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I updated this article on January 13, 2014
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