The newly-offered night tour scheme has covered every aspect of city tourism to enable an all-in-one experience from sightseeing at night to performances, catering and shopping. We hope the new programme will encourage visitors and our residents to share the vitality of our city.
There’s more to Xi’an than terracotta warriors and horses.
That’s the message that the ancient capital city of China’s Shaanxi province is sending, with the launch of a new Night Tour Program that will spotlight 30 nighttime tours throughout the city by 2020.
The move is expected to raise retail sales revenue by over CNY50 billion (US$7 billion), said Xi’an Municipal Government in a press release.
Kang Lifeng, deputy director of Xi'an Department of Culture and Tourism, noted, "The newly-offered night tour scheme has covered every aspect of city tourism to enable an all-in-one experience from sightseeing at night to performances, catering and shopping. We hope the new programme will encourage visitors and our residents to share the vitality of our city."
The City Wall together with Stele Forest, a themed museum focusing on displays of stone steles, epigraphs and stone sculptures from past dynasties, will extend their opening hours. Sites forming part of the Ming dynasties fortifications of Xi'an will also be integrated into the new route, bringing a unique experience to visitors.
Apart from signature modern song-and-dance performances such as the South Gate Welcoming Ceremony, Everlasting Regret Performance and Tang Style Dancing, the city will also introduce local operatic Qin cavity performances, shadow puppetry and ancient-style concerts. Cultural experiences will also differ between seasons as the performance will blend modern developments with local culture and tradition across the seasons.
Visitors will also be invited to participate in various cultural experiences including exploring nearly 100 night markets by the end of 2020 as part of the city’s nightlife route. Decorated lighting on avenues will provide access to visitors of major nighttime activities, including local hawker stalls, gift shops and night markets.
At the same time, the city will improve transportation by increasing evening bus services,
extending operation times, introducing online taxi services and training to taxi drivers. Also in the works are plans to enhance outdoor hiking trails, slow lanes and public fitness areas for residents and visitors.
"The night tour scheme echoes the city's 'Pan-Travel' strategy, which aims to expand the tourism industry chain in Xi'an and increase economic returns," added Ms Kang.
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