11 October 2014


After dinner we went to First Theatre Restaurant to watch the "Tang Dynasty Music & Dance".  The Tang Dynasty was distinguished as the most progressive and prosperous era in the history of China and its music and dance symbolize the splendor and the glory of the Chinese civilization.

The first segment celebrates the appreciation of the people towards their ruler who has brought peace, wealth and tranquility to the kingdom.  At Royal Banquets, the court musical masters played this grand number to praise the Emperor, and to wish him a long and happy life.


HAPPY SPRING : This scene depicts the lifestyle and customs of the noble classes as they gathered along Qujiang River outside ancient Chang'an to celebrate the New Year and the great prosperity and harmony of the Tang Empire.

A CLOG DANCE : The people celebrating the Mid-Autumn-Moon-Festival in a beautiful area near the emperor's palace at the foot of Li Shan Mountain. As the people are joyfully dancing, the Tang Emperor appears and joins in the celebration.

THOUSAND HANDS GUAN YIN : The thousand hands of this bodhisattva represent Guan Yin's many abilities to render assistance. There are a thousand eyes on these hands which give Guan Yin great powers to observe the world. Guan Yin also has many faces so she can become who people need her to be, not necessarily herself, because her help is given in a way that is literally selfless.

MOONLIT DANÇE : According to the legend the Emperor Tang Xuan Zong had a dream.  In his dream he travelled to the palace of the moon, where he saw celestial women, clothed in feathers and rosy clouds dancing in the sky. After the Emperor awoke, his favourite concubine Yang Gui Fei, renowned as being one of the four most beautiful women in Chinese history, choreographed and performed this dance according to the Emperor's recollections.

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