Song Dynasty Town

Map of 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, Song Dynasty Town 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

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.

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.

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.

How to get to Song Dynasty Town

1. Take bus 4, 39, 121, 189, 190, 202, 287, 308, 314, 318, 354, 439 or 1400, and get off at Songcheng (Song Dynasty Town) Station
2. Take bus 121b to Songcheng Dong Station.
3.Take bus 103b, 292, or 334 to Ganyingqiao Nan Station.
4. Take bus 103, 103b, 121b, 121, or 324, and get off at Ganyingqiao Bei Station.
5. Take bus 1406 to Wupuqiao Station.
Hangzhou Bus / Metro Search

 Through free 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

Entrance Fee of Song Dynasty Town

(including ticket for The Romance of the Song Dynasty)

CNY 300
VIP Seat: CNY 310
Luxury Ticket: CNY 480
(Better viewing positions to enjoy the Romance of the Song Dynasty)
CNY 240 for children from 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet).
Free of charge for children under 1.2 meters.

Opening Hours of Song Dynasty Town

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

Performance Schedule

(Reference only)
Performance Time Place
Romance of the Song Dynasty 14:00 – 15:00; 19:20 – 20:20 No.2 Theatre
Knife Throwing 10:40 – 10:50; 13:10 – 13:20; 15:20 – 15:30; 16:30 – 16:40; 18:45 – 18:55 Lijiang Square
Folk Acrobatic 11:00 – 11:15; 16:05 – 16:20; 17:25 – 17:40 Linshui Stage
Daughter of Councilor Wang Throwing Embroidered Ball 12:10 – 12:17; 13:40 – 13:47; 15:10 – 15:17; 16:45 – 16:52; 18:40 – 18:47 House of Councilor Wang
Fengyue Beauties 12:35 – 12:50; 15:25 – 15:40; 17:10 – 17:25 LiuYong Fengyue Pavilion on Songhe East Street
Guozhuang (Tibetan Bonfire Dance) 13:00 – 13:15; 18:55 – 19:10 Liujianfang Square
General Yue Fei &His Army 13:25 – 13:30 Linshui Stage
Ancient Characters Cruising 15:40 – 16:10; 18:00 – 18:30 Urban Street; the whole town
Flash Mob in Ancient Times 16:10 – 16:15; 18:30 – 18:35 Urban Street
Lord Bao Cruising 17:40 – 17:45 Urban Street
Case of Chen Shimei 17:45 – 17:55 Linshui Stage
Incense Taoism 13:00 – 13:15 Songcheng Yaji House
Tea Art Performance 13:30 – 13:40 Songcheng Yaji House

Performances at Weekends

Performance Time Place
Amusement for Children 12:30 – 12:45 Happy Castle
Chinese Cross Talk 15:00 – 15:20 Songcheng Yaji House
Ikebana 15:30 – 15:40 Songcheng Yaji House
Ancient Imperial Examination 16:00 – 16:30 Songcheng Yaji House

Nearby Attractions

Meijiawu Tea Plantation

Further Reading: 12 Best Places to Visit in Hangzhou
- Last updated on Apr. 01, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Song Dynasty Town
Asked by Chris | Nov. 27, 2020 21:28Reply
How can I go Song Dynasty Town from Linping?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amelia | Dec. 03, 2020 19:57

Take subway line 1 from Linping to Pengbu and transfer to subway line 4 to Shuidengqiao Station, Exit D. Then take public bus no.39 to the destination directly.
The whole way takes around 1.5 hours with the fare of CNY 11/person.
Asked by Adele | Oct. 17, 2020 03:50Reply
How can I go Song Dynasty Town from nanyuan district?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alexandra | Oct. 26, 2020 00:07

Sorry, I didn't find Nanyuan District in Hangzhou. Would you mind rechecking the starting point?
Asked by David n from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 30, 2019 06:12Reply
hi, is the yunnan lijiang songcheng park the same as this one in hangzhou?
i am not able to find the timetable for the lijiang park or details of the performances

can you help please?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 01, 2019 00:22

No, it is a little bit similar but not the same. The performances are as follow:

Preface:Nakhi Genesis
Scene I:Kingdom of Female in Lugu
Scene II:Legend Horse Caravan
Scene III:Revived Ancient Tea Route
Scene IV:Third Kingdom of Jade Dragon
End: Searching for Shambhala

First show:14:00-15:00
Second show:17:00-18:00
Third show:19:30-20:30
Asked by susi from INDONESIA | Apr. 30, 2019 02:23Reply
Anyone can tell me how to go to song dynasty town from Hangzhou bokai west lake hotel?
Dear all,

Any subway or bus?

Thank you

Answers (1)
Answered by Lucy from AUSTRALIA | May. 04, 2019 20:04

You can walk west about 400m to take Bus Line 308 to the town and it takes about 1 hour.
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