Song Dynasty Town
"Give us one day, we'll give you one thousand years!" That is the special slogan of Song Dynasty Town. Bordering on the Qiantang River in the south and lying close to five-cloud Hill in the north, Song Dynasty Town is situated in the southwest part of West Lake scenic area. Covering 20 hectares ( nearly 50 acres ), it is perhaps China's largest theme park of Song Culture at present.
Song Dynasty Town embodies the culture of both Northern Song and Southern Dynasties, thus establishing itself as the tourist center of Song Culture. Based on the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival by the noted Song artist Zhang Zeduan, the town is constructed by means of realistic, romantic functionalist gardening. The flourishing scene of the Song capital is reproduced in the Song style. The scenery as whole is characterized by variety, gradation, rhythm, charm and time honored touch. With various legendary scenes, picturesque views and moving sights which stem from history and yet appear to be on a higher plane than history itself, Song Dynasty Town represent a wonderful picture in heaven. The special highlight of the Song Dynasty Town is the grand show of the Romance of the Song Dynasty. It is a full-length singing and dance performance, based on the historical allusions and mythologies in ancient Hangzhou, merged with the performance of singing, dancing and acrobatics. With the help of modern hi-tech, the performance takes overwhelming visual effects as if the spectators were in a dream. The performance can compares well with the Moulin Rouge of Paris, France and the Show of Las Vegas,U.S.A. The performance has attracted over 5 million people since it came into stage 8 years ago. To some extent, the tourist who has not watched the show is not a true one visiting Hangzhou.