Street of Music and Dazzling Lights
Dayanta Performing Arts Music Street/Drum Show & Dayanta Fountain
June 14, 2018
Near the Tang Paradise, you'll find Dayan Pagoda (The Great Wild Goose Pagoda) surrounded by an art culture market and a beautiful street lined with shops, flashing lights, beautiful traditional sculptures contrasted with lanterns while mini stages host local performers and musicians displaying their talent for all to watch. Grace was feeling the beat of the music and went onstage to sing. Shortly after, a crowd grew and she pulled me up so we both sang the USA national anthem (on Flag Day no less)!
One night, our Airbnb hosts BinBin and Ya Qiu got us some scalper tickets to see a traditional Xi'an drum show at the Performing Arts Center. Though it was a little pricey ($65USD) it was so worth it! The beautiful costumes, dramatic lighting, and mesmerizing drums all revealed a story that is left for interpretation of the viewer:
The entire area surrounding Dayanta is like a giant theme park with interactive pop-up art installations that change over the weeks and there's all sorts of local foods as well as popular brands like Starbucks, KFC, Dairy Queen, Papa John's and more.
South of Dayanta pagoda is the performing arts music street, but on the north side resides the largest water fountain show in Xi'an. Each night at 9pm, the pagoda lights up as locals and foreigners crowd around the long stretch of fountain to watch the fountain and musical spectacle.
We were lucky enough to catch the fountain show on a rainy night, so the lights reflecting on the water from the fountain and the wet concrete all around created a cool, dreamy-Paris vibe. Check out my instagram @dewittcreative Xi'an Highlights story to see it in action!
I love spending time biking around Dayanta in the day and walking around the colorful, lit-up streets and shops at night. If you're ever in Xi'an, this is definitely worth spending a day at! Or even better, book a few nights at the Westin Xi'an Hotel, which is right on the corner of the music street. They have an INCREDIBLE international buffet (the best I've ever had) with unique dishes, amazing sushi, and a dessert bar that's to die for. It's an upscale, sultry hotel with dark accents and traditional highlights (it's also connected to a Starbucks Reserve!) I'm hoping I have time to try out their Heavenly spa before I head back to the states.
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