What makes Tang Paradise incredible is that it is no longer the garden mode of only water and mountains in the Chinese traditional sense. Its outstanding designers have integrated almost everything representative of the Tang Dynasty, such as the poetry, the songs and dance, the marketplaces, the food, the women's lifestyles, and science into every site using cultural themes, thus endowing every place with its own story and its own place in the tapestry of Tang Dynasty culture.
In the large number of buildings at Tang Paradise, one may see almost all architectural types of characteristic of the Tang Dynasty. In addition there are establishments for relaxing and song and dance shows about the civilization of that Dynasty. Strolling here, you are assured to get a full enjoyment, making you feel as if you were in a fairyland.
Many firsts are created here: the first and largest scale of buildings modeled on the Tang style in China, the first and most considerable groups of sculptures to show the poetic culture in the Tang Dynasty in China, the first and biggest single architecture modeled on the Tang style throughout China, the first theme park in China to cater to the five sense (vision, hearing, smell, touch and taste), the grandest fragrant project of the outdoors in the world, and the most spectacular water film on earth. Tang Paradise is praised as 'Garden of History', 'Garden of Spirit', 'Garden of Nature', 'Garden of Human Culture' and 'Garden of Art'.
The most special and amazing feast here is taste. The word 'taste' here does not refer to the delicious smell of food, but means that the whole Tang Paradise, like a fair lady, is full of aroma. Unbelievable, isn't it? But definitely true! You may wonder why. The secret is that there are incense burners here. Every few meters on both sides of the paths here, there is an incense burner which looks like a street lamp. It is only 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) tall with incense coils burning inside. It is this fragrance that makes the whole place seem like mysterious Xanadu. Thus wherever you walk, assuredly, you can be embraced by its faint redolence.
Another surprising man-made wonder here is the water film which claims to be the foremost in the whole world. The screen of the movie is a film of water; thus it can create a special kind of optical effect which makes the frame tridimensional. When watching the movie, you can witness that the beautiful night and the fan-like water surface become an ingenious integration. Every time the figures in the movie appear on the screen, it seems that they are flying to the sky or coming down from the heaven which throws you into a wonderful and illusory feeling that you were personally on the scene. Splendid, indeed!
Spring Festival Lantern Show
Each year, a lantern show is held in the park during the Chinese New Year holiday. Visitors can appreciate the colorful huge lanterns shaped into famous cartoon figures and auspicious things. At night, when all the lanterns are lit up, the lifelike decorations enhance the beauty of Tang Paradise. Besides, performances of strong regional style will be put on. After enjoying the show, visitors can taste the most authentic Shaanxi snacks there, such as crumbled flatbread in mutton / beef stew, steamed cold noodles and marinated meat in baked bun.
The 2017 New Year Lantern Show in Tang Paradise will be held from Jan. 20 to Feb. 28. The entrance fee is CNY 100 on the designated days from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 to 12. On the rest days, the entrance fee is CNY 50. Visitors can enter after 18:00.
Take Bus 22, 23, 24, 44, 212, 307, 526, 609, K619, 715, You (9) Qu Jiang Xin Jing Line and get off at Da Tang Fu Rong Yuan Station or Da Tang Fu Rong Yuan Nan Men Station.
Take subway line 3, get off at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) Station. Then walk southeast for around 1.2 miles (2 kilometers).
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Entrance fee: CNY 120