Impression Sanjie Liu is a large-scale real-scene night show that originated from a traditional Zhuang people’s folk story, showing an artistic conception of harmonious co-existence between man and nature. The show combines folk music, performances, scenery and modern art together, which makes it a wonderful place to experience Zhuang people’s songs and culture as well as Yangshuo scenery.The waters of the Li-river set the stage and a dozen beautifully lit karst formations form a natural backdrop. The light show is a creation of Zhang Yi Mou, also director and choreographer of the impressive opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and famous Chinese movies like Raise the Red Lantern. The first light show in Yangshuo was held in 2004 and currently features over 600 locals, mainly from the Zhuang minority, including farmers, fishermen and young girls singing and performing simultaneously in a show that looks different each time as mist, rain and moonlight naturally alter the set of the stage.
History Impression Sanjie Liu
Impression of Sanjie Liu was began in 2004 in Yangshuo County and now has a cast of more than 600 locals including fishermen, farmers, young boys and girls who are mainly Zhuang people. It is directed by Zhang Yimou, one of the best directors in China. This real-scene night show set among real hills and rivers between the Li River and Tianjiahe River.
Being the world’s largest real-scene musical show, Impression of Sanjie Liu is famous at home and abroad for its magnificence and overwhelmingly excellent performances. The night show shares a construction area of 66,666 square meters and the water area of 1.654 square kilometers. There are 2,200 seats so that visitors do not need worry about in a queue.
Legend of Liu Sanjie( Impression Sanjie Liu)
Liu Sanjie, the third daughter of a farmer surnamed Liu, is a legendary girl of Huang people with the ability to sing songs well. As the legend goes, Liu Sanjie is kind and brave girl who lived centuries ago in Guangxi Province during Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). She was renowned for her singing to dignify the local cruel oppressors.
Liu Sanjie is not only a Song Fair of Zhuang people but also a overwhelmingly beautiful girl among Zhuang people. A Niu, a brave boy is also good at singing. One day Liu Sanjie gave A Niu an embroidered ball to signify she love him. A Niu accepted the embroidered ball and they felt in love with each other and lived a happy life.
And, a movie named Liu Sanjie was made in 1990 and it has been televised and shown at home and abroad. This movie tells the story of Liu Sanjie and the history of Zhuang Song culture as well as locals’ lifestyle.
How to book the ticket
It is easy to book the ticket in Yangshuo, every hotel or inns have book service for travelers so don’t worry about it. You can also book on the internet. Both two ways are also save your money.
There are 5 seat areas in the theater and the prices are different. A1 Area is in the top of the auditorium and the price is the most expensive one (about US$105 RMB680). A2 is next to A1, the price is cheaper than A2 (about US$74 RMB480) but spaces are smaller than A1 and both of them are set in pavilion.
Impression Show-Sanjie Liu
B1 Area is under the A1. The view is as good as A1 but there is no pavilion to hide. The price of B1 is lower than A1 and B1 (about US$49 RMB320). B2 Area is the biggest part of auditorium and the price is more available (about US$ 37 RMB238). Most of travelers will choose B2 not only the price but also easy to get a seat. C Area is in the bottom of the auditorium and comparing of others areas the vision may not very well so the price is the cheapest (about US$30 RMB198).
Note: The show is unavailable from January to February and close for a month.
Show Time: In weekend and summer time: 1st run: 19:40 to 20:50; 2nd run: 21:20 to 22:30, In weekday and winter time: 20:00 to 21:10
Admission Fee:Regular Seat: RMB198;VIP Seat: B2 area CNY238; B1 area CNY 320; President Seat: A2 area CNY 480; A1 area CNY680
Location: Tian Yuan Road, Yangshuo County, Guilin.
How to Get There: 1.5 hours drive from Guilin city, 1km from West Street; 15-20 minutes by foot, 5-10 minutes by battery car.
Tip: The show is subject to be in suspension or cancelled due to weather and travel season.