I went to a minority show in the evening. There are several places you can go and it cost around 100 rmb. They announced no photos or videos were allowed, but everyone took them and so did I.
I was expecting something cultural. The theater holds over 1000 people. The performers wore ethnic clothes and sang ethnic songs but the loud amplified music, the flashing lights, smoke, and bubbles gave it a rock concert atmosphere.
Everyone received Tibetan greeting scarfs when we arrived. People would run on stage giving the performer their scarf. The audience gave a big roar when I ran onto the stage. I think I was the only non-Chinese tourist in the place.
The show was entertaining and I recomend it.
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There are many places to see the local dance show. Usually you can see people distributing flyers to tourists about the dance show. The show is dinner included, worth to see once in the evening!
Dress Code: no restrictions.
The Tiebtian Cultural Show was included as one of our optional tour.
The show is held at the Jarpo Grand Theatre of Jiuzhai Paradise.
We learnt that "Zha Xi De Le" means welcome in Tibetian language.
It was a nice cultural show entitled Dreamland Journey with all the actress and actors who are the decendants of Tibet. These handsome guys and beautiful ladies performing a 90 mins musical. It is worth watching if you have nothing to do at night in Jiuzhaigou. Our ticket was priced at 180 Yuan where we have the VIP seats at the 2nd row middle section (B Section).
The Jiuzhai Paradise Grand Theater is affiliated with the Jiuzhai Paradise Hotel. A nightly folklore show featuring the various songs and dances of the Tibetan and Qiang tribes is staged here. You will need to arrange for transportation to and from the Grand Theater as it is a good 15 minute bus journey from the Jiuzhai Paradise Hotel.
The show lasts 1.5 hours and features a extravaganza of acrobatics, songs, dances and sketches of the Tibetan and Qiang people. If you are non-Chinese, you will not understand the conversation as it is all in Mandarin.
However, this is the only entertainment available in the evening, short of staying in your hotel. I highly recommend it.
Dress Code: No particular dress code required.
The two emees opened the show with the greeting of Qiang tribe `Cha-Zi Ter Ler' and the whole theatre roared into life with at least sixty to eighty stars. See them dance and sing with great vigour to please the crowd. Indeed the dancers were very energetic and from strict regime of acrobatic dance, we marvelled at how fit they are. And the singers/dancers are beautiful..,
The Tibetan dance is famous for it's boisterous yet graceful leaps in the air. I love it for it's unabashed celebration for life. I'm told that the male dancers are Tibetans but the female ones are probably not.
Yet you could not help but be amazed at the how good looking and young they all are. Definitely a feast for the eyes and ears. Combined with a lavish dinner and life couldn't be better.
Dress Code: Dress warm and comfortably.
Our guide recommended this concert. It's a hefty RMB160 per person. It's supposed to be a showcase of Tibetan dance and song (and a slice of yak meat). It's definitely targeted at tourists (like us!). Half of our tour group went. The other half who did not go explained that it's no big deal cause every other tourist spots in china would offer some sort of dance-and-song concert, and after a while, they all seem alike.
Anyway, since I have never seen this sorta thing, I thought I would give it a try...
The concert was held at the newly-built (then) Sheraton. It was a decent concert hall where we were greeted by ushers draping us with white cloth (Tibetan custom).
Later, we found out that these same ushers would also be the performers.
The performance consisted of several sessions of tibetan singing (traditional songs and updated ones) which was ok. The dancing was colorful and entertaining cause they told of tibetan customs and tales.
At the end of the night, the dancers invited the guests to join them onstage for a dance.
This was when we found out that Chinese tourists are really into this sorta thing cause nearly the whole audience went onstage. It was very festive!
One thing though, these singers are tibetans, but the dancers are mostly not. We found out from a tibetan lady the next day that these are professional dancers who come here to host concerts like this for a living.
While you are there you may as well go to
the Tibetan Dance Show at the Sheraton Hotel.
It is very nice.
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Beautiful traditional Singer is just 21 years-old. will debut as National recognise singer soon in Dec 2002.
All the best Su.
He won the National Music Festival Championship in Beijing in 1996, since then, he release several CD and has become a famous star in China.