Zhangjiajie Nightlife & Entertainment
Zhangjiajie's nightlife is different from the nightlife of the big cities, featuring strong local flavor. At night, the streets of Zhangjiajie are full of vendors selling barbecue and local snacks. Zhangjiajie has bars, foot massages, karaoke, bars, night clubs, dance halls and so on. If you are interested in local folk customs, you can find some places to enjoy, such as Charm Xiangxi, Zhangjiajie Theater, Western Charm Grand Theatre, Zhangjiajie Yang Opera, Tujia Folk Village and Dayong Town, etc. Besides, you can find a very famous night show for tourists in Tianmen Mountain (National Forest Park) - Tianmen Fox Fairy.
Western Charm Grand Theatre
Western charm Grand Theatre was founded in March 2001. The theatre can accommodate 1,080 people. It shows various forms of ethnic culture and folk customs of Zhangjiajie area: local love songs, wedding crying, traditional Hand-waving dance, Xiangxi Ganshi (literally: drive corpses in western Hunan. It is a folk custom of Miao people in western Hunan. In the old days, if a people die in other place, his/her family would hire a driving-corpse master drive the corpse back his/her hometown, this is consider as a very mysterious folk custom in China), and Zhangjiajie Hard Qigong and so on.
Zhangjiajie Yang Opera
Boasting a long history, Zhangjiajie Yang Opera has a distinguished style and prides in variedness of local custom. The Opera is based on the local dialect in terms of stage language characterized by clear alteration between Ping (level tones) and Ze (oblique tones) with "R" rhymes.
Zhangjiajie Yang Opera is also exclusive in music, especially, the usage of Cucurbit flute hanging by gold threads make it different from other Yang Operas. Tujia people has integrated local chant into the opera, making the music the most extraordinary, original and penetrating among Chinese operas.
The way of singing in the opera entwines the chest voice and falsetto. The chest voice is used in the lyric part and dragged parts adopt falsetto with high octave, unique among Chinese operas. The integration of chest voice and falsetto presents the rough and straightforward characteristic of Tujia People, in addition to projecting the spectacular style of singing in Zhangjiajie Yang Opera.
Tianmen Fox Fairy
Known as the world's first real-scene musical drama with the high mountains and deep valleys as the stage background, Tianmen Fox Fairy was put on at the foot of Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie in September, 2009. Originated from a traditional Chinese myth and folk tale- "Love between Man and Fox", the drama integrates the elements of folk music and modern art. As the story progresses, you will find settings everywhere from the foot of the hill to the peak, be it spotlight, stage for the chorus, background houses and so on. The visual presentation is spectacular and amazing, the music is impressive, and those dancers and singers are also charming.
Every night except harsh winter months it will be on show at the Grand Valley of Tianmen Mountain. Here you can listen to sweet singings, admire colorful lighting scene, and experience the strong folk custom of Tujia and Miao minorities. Since this open-air drama is only performed at night, when the weather gets cold you had better bring a coat to enjoy it.
With an investment of 120 million Yuan and a cast of 530, the wonderful drama has attracted bout 300,000 travelers from home and abroad since its debut performance.
Tickets are available from most travel agencies or hotels.
Venue: Tianmen Grand Valley (Tianmeng Mountain)
Show Time: 20:00 - 21:40 (BT)
How to Get: 1. by taxi from downtown; 2. take bus No. 4, 5, 6 or 10 to the Lower Station of Tianmen Mountain Cable Car (Tian Men Shan Suo Dao Xia Zhan) and then change the bus No. 5 to the Tianmen Grand Valley Theater.