Song Dynasty Town

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Song Dynasty Town (Songcheng) is the largest theme park in Hangzhou, featuring the cultural characteristics of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 AD), and also the first theme park built in Zhejiang. With Wuyun Mountain in the north, and West Lake to its northeast, it is on the northern bank of the Qiantang River. Its layout and architectural style are based on a precious ancient painting, 'Along the River during the Qingming Festival', which was made by famous painter Zhang Zeduan, displaying the urban landscape and people's living condition of that dynasty.

The theme park is divided into three fields, Performing Songcheng, High-tech Songcheng, and Cultural Songcheng. Performing Songcheng includes the Romance of the Song Dynasty and ten theme shows. High-tech Songcheng has many featured events, such as reproducing area of 'Along the River during the Qingming Festival', two distinguishing haunted houses, and a mysterious street. Using advanced technology, they are all very realistic and mysterious, giving visitors a totally different experience. Cultural Songcheng covers some folk activities, such as traditional workshops, custom shows and Buddhist temples.
 

 

Romance of the Song Dynasty

It is a large panoramic show, based on the historical stories and ancient myths of Hangzhou city, featuring dancing and acrobatics. The show has been performed over 17,000 times, and more than 50,000,000 people have enjoyed it. It is praised by overseas media as one of the world's three most famous shows, together with the O Show in Las Vegas and the Moulin Rouge in Paris.

There are five scenes in the whole show. The introductory scene dates back to ancient times, displaying the historical development of Hangzhou city. The first scene exhibits the prosperous living condition of the city during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 - 1279 AD), while the second scene tells audiences a story about a general named Yue Fei (1103 - 1142 AD), who was a hero fighting against the dynasty's enemy. The third scene presents the fairytales and beautiful love stories which happened around the West Lake (a famous spot in Hangzhou), and in the last scene audiences are exposed to the charm of modern Hangzhou city.

It is said by the audiences that if you miss this dancing show, then you have not been to Hangzhou. The show is not only a performance, but also a symbol of Hangzhou, representing the city's history and culture.
 

Embroidered Ball-throwing

In ancient China, daughters of the wealthy families usually chose their husbands by standing on a balcony and throwing an embroidered ball to the crowd. The man who caught the ball would become the girl's husband. You can have the chance to participate in this Chinese traditional event on Urban Street (Shijin Street). Councilor Wang's daughter will be standing upstairs choosing her husband. If you are lucky enough to be the son-in-law of Councilor Wang, you will wear a red traditional wedding coat, bowing to Heaven and Earth with a beautiful wife, which is an important part of the  ancient Chinese marriage custom.
 

Reproducing Area of 'Along the River during the Qingming Festival'

Using advanced technology, the famous painting 'Along the River during the Qingming Festival' is reproduced on a screen in the Lost City, which is in the northwest of the park. It is like a dynamic scroll. Thousands of different figures together with the dynamic environment represent the prosperous urban scenery during that period to the visitors.
 

Haunted House

There are two major haunted houses. One is Startling by Each Step (Bu Bu Jing Xin), the other is The Nightmare of Liao Zhai. The first one is in the Lost City, taking the world's first medical jurisprudence work, Records for Washing Away of Wrong Cases (Xiyuan Lu), as its blueprint, bringing people back to the old time, cracking criminal cases. The Liao Zhai Haunted House, located on Urban Street, consists of ten scenes set up according to a story in The Strange Tales of Liao Zhai and a famous network fiction, which are both horror stories.
 

Mysterious Street

Mysterious Street is on Urban Street. It is based on the dream of Emperor Gaozong of Song. Strange things happen in every room on the street. For example, in the Slanting Room, a wooden ball will roll from the lower position to the higher position; in the Reversing Room, everything is turning upside down; in another mysterious room, people will become invisible.
 

Folk Activities

1. Water-splashing Festival
The Water-splashing Festival was also called Yufo Festival in old times, and was a ceremony of washing figures of Buddha. It is a traditional custom of the Dai nationality in Yunnan, China, as well. Now it has become a carnival of the park and has been chosen as one of the ten highlights in Hangzhou. At the festival, more than 150 professional actors put on an incredible performance in the Yufo Main Hall.

2. Temple Fair
In Chinese culture, people are accustomed to attend temple fairs during the Chinese New Year. The Temple Fair here exhibits the traditional Chinese customs to the visitors, such as paper-cutting, couplets, and lantern shows.

3. Torch Festival
Fire facilitates the process of the human civilization. Therefore, the respect towards the fire is in human's blood. The Torch Festival gives people a platform to express this kind of feeling. There is an incredible performance celebrating this festival, making people return to the original passion.
 

Transportation

 By bus
1. Take bus Holiday Line 3, 4, 121, 190, 202, Peak-hour Line 287, Interval 287, 308, 318, Interval 318, 354, 510, or 1400, get off at Songcheng Station
2. Take bus Holiday Line 2, get off at Songcheng East Station.
3.Take bus Interval 103, Peak-hour Line 292, or 334, get off at Ganyingqiao South Station.
4. Take bus 324, get off at Ganyingqiao North Station.
5. Take bus 1403, get off at Wupuqiao Station.
 Hangzhou Bus / Metro Search

 Free through bus
1. Song Dynasty Town (Songcheng) to Recreational Business District (Xiuboyuan)
Monday to Friday: 15:30
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00, 15:30
2. Recreational Business District (Xiuboyuan) to Song Dynasty Town (Songcheng)
Monday to Friday: 16:30
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00, 16:30
 

Admission Fee

(including ticket for The Romance of the Song Dynasty)

Adult Ticket: CNY 300
Luxury Ticket: CNY 480
(Better viewing positions to enjoy the Romance of the Song Dynasty)
Discount Ticket: CNY 240
(for children between 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) and 4.9 feet (1.5 meters), and seniors over 70 years old)
* Free of charge for children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters).
 

Opening Hours

9:00 – 40 minutes after the last Romance of the Song Dynasty ends
 

Performance Schedule

(Reference only)
Performance Time Place
Shadow Puppet Show 9:40 – 9:50 , 11:00 – 11:10   
13:00 – 13:40, 15:40 – 15:50  
17:30 – 17:40, 18:30 – 18:40
Urban Street
Marionette 9:45 – 9:55, 11:20 – 11:30
14:40 – 14:50, 15:40 – 15:50
17:00 – 17:10, 18:35 – 18:45
Opposite Yamun on Urban Street
Cloth Bag Puppets 10:00 – 10:07, 13:50 – 13:57
16:00 – 16:10, 17:20 – 17:27
18:00 – 18:07
Urban Street
Goat and Monkey Tricks 10:30 – 10:40, 15:00 – 15:10
16:00 – 16:10, 17:10 – 17:20
18:10 – 18:20
Urban Street
Acrobatics 10:50 – 10:56, 12:15 – 12:21
13:00 – 13:06, 17:25 – 17:30
18:45 – 18:51
Urban Street
Life is Hanging on by a Thread 11:00 – 11:10, 12:10 – 12:20
13:00 – 13:06, 15:10 – 15:20
16:20 – 16:26, 17:20 – 17:30
18:20 – 18:30, 19:00 – 19:10
Dazhangshu Stage
Daughter of Councilor Wang Throwing Embroidered Ball 11:35 – 11:42, 13:48 – 13:55
17:50 – 17:57
House of Councilor Wang
Catch Wu Song 12:00 – 12:30, 13:30 – 14:00
15:00 – 15:30, 16:20 – 16:50
18:00 – 18:30
At the Gate
Lord Bao Cruising 12:00 – 12:05, 16:15 – 16:20 Urban Street
Case of Chen Shimei 12:05 – 12:15, 16:20 – 16:30 Stage Facing the Water
Romance of the Song Dynasty 12:40 – 13:40, 14:00 – 15:00
17:00 – 18:00, 18:20 – 19:20
19:40 – 20:40
No.1 Theater
Ancient Characters Cruising 13:05 – 13:35 Urban Street
Flash Mob Wearing Bellyband 13:35 – 13:40 Urban Street
Water-splashing Carnival 13:00 – 13:30, 14:10 – 14:40, 16:45 – 17:15 Culture Square
Soldiers Patrolling the Town 13:15 – 13:25, 14:35 – 14:45
17:35 – 17:45, 18:55 – 19:05
The Whole Town
Fengyue Beauties 15:25 – 15:40, 15:45 – 16:00
16:45 – 17:00, 17:05 – 17:20
LiuYong Fengyue Pavilion on Songhe East Street
Tibetan Singing and Dancing Shindig 17:25 – 17:45  Stage Facing the Water
Guozhuang (Tibetan Bonfire Dance) 18:00 – 18:20 Dazhangshu Stage
Milk-pouring Carnival 18:30 – 19:00 Culture Square

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