Dayan Pagoda Northern Square, Xi'an

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Considered Asia's largest fountain square, Dayan Pagoda Northern Square reflects the cultural beauty of the once-great Tang Dynasty. The square contains a garden area, a tourism business area, and a cultural corridor, in addition to the middle fountain area where spectacular light-water shows attract thousands of spectators. Notice how the site brims with entertainment, as shadow puppets, clay sculptors, stilt walkers, and artsy paper cutters swarm the area. Visit the snack bars and souvenir shops in the adjacent pedestrian streets to purchase food and gifts. Using our world travel planner, Xi'an attractions like Dayan Pagoda Northern Square can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I expected a show like I have seen in other countries, but it's rather boring. In particular because the light show around the water show was not good. So in the end it was just a little water jumping...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This is a completely free show you stand in the square and the fountains perform in time with the music. It's a real good feel vibe fun for everyone and it doesn't cost a penny. Great before you grab ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Every night at 8:30 a nice show with music. Is busy so on time. The show is in 4 parts and after 2 parts go many Chinese way and lets you find easier a place in front. A must.
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