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Impression on Sanjie Liu

You may have watched plays in the theater and have been used to the stage, lights, and sound equipment in an enclosed space. Would you like to try an alternative way of enjoying a performance, in a natural environment? If so, please come to Yangshuo to witness a performance of 'Impression on Sanjie Liu'. We are sure that it will satisfy you greatly

The performance was premiered on March 20th, 2004 at the Sanjie Liu Sing Fair, one mile from West Street (Xi Jie). This is the world largest natural theater which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, with twelve mist shrouded hills and the heavens as its backdrop. Mist, rain, moonlight, the hills and their inverted reflections in the river all become the ever-changing natural background. Its auditorium is housed on the natural islands of the river with the audience standing on the designed terraces, surrounded by green plants. The sound equipment here cannot be seen because it is in harmony with the natural environment. The valleys, the hills, the cool breeze and the gurgling streams are all elements contributing to the three-dimensional sound effect. Day by day, different weather offers different sceneries with the four seasons refreshing the performance as well, so you will have unique experience every time you watch it. This is really a new concept opera using nature as an integral part of its performers; hence its name - 'Human's Masterpiece Cooperated with the God'.

Maybe you have heard of the film 'Sanjie Liu' produced in 1961, which made the Li River famous worldwide. Sanjie Liu is a fairy singer in the myths and legends of the Zhuang ethnic minority. She is incomparably beautiful, and has voice to match her beauty. In the 'Impression on Sanjie Liu', what you can see are the impressions derived from the daily life of the people living around the Li River, rather than the specific details of the stories. From these impressions, you will gain a realistic impression on the background of Sanjie's birthplace and understand the beauty of the folk songs' hometown.

This is a totally different performance from the conventional form.The theater is the nature itself.The sceneries of the four seasons are changing,the weather is changing,so aoes the performance is changing to match up with the changeable nature.In this stage,only the half of the performance is created by man,and the other half is belonged to the mysterious nature. If it were raining during the performance,you can put on the raincoat that we prepare for you,if you came here in the hot summer, you have to take the anti-mosquito spray with you,if there were flood,half of the auditorium probably could be under the water,and if there were thunderstorm,the performance could be ceased.This is our performance—a performance interacting with the nature. Sanlie Liu is the singing goddess in the legend of ethnic group of Zhuang.In 1961,there was a film made with the same title as her name"Sanjie Liu",It has been a classic and popular music film in China from then on.In the play"Impresson—Sanjie Liu","you won´t see the plots,the characters and the usual scenes,but rather a series of impressions,and those impressions are got from the landscapes and the ordinary life of the place,Because Sanjie Liu was born and bred from this magic land,her legend radiates the wonderful atmosphere of this place and naivety of the local people. Fisherman/Hillman/Actor There are more than 600 people involved in this play.Most of them are fishermen from the 5 villages along the river.They work in the river in the daytime,and participate the performance in the evening with their bamboo rafts.Some of the performers are the little singers from the villages of ethnic group of Dong and the young girls of other ethnic minorities group .They sing with the nature and untrained voices and dance with spontaneous style.In the gorgeous landscape,they are extraordinary beautiful and ture. The play was presented to the audiences formally on Mar.20.2004.After saw the play,the offcer of the world tourism organization commended."This is an unique play,you can see it nowhere the world but here.And it´s worth to buy a round-trip air ticket from anywhere in the world only to see the play."

Impression Sanjie Liu, Guilin Guide, Guilin Travel, China Travel

Admission Fee: Ordinary CNY 188
VIP CNY 320
President CNY 680
Opening Hours: 20:00 - 21:30
Bus Route: To Shutong Hill by the storage battery car


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