Experience the Dongjing ensemble
Shaxi music is the last surviving tradition of ritual music that originated possibly as far back as the Song Dynasty and can be heard in live performances around the Shaxi valley. The music is called Dongjing (洞经 literally "near the cave". Dongjing is said to have been sung by Taoist monks from the region. There are also traditional Dongjing operas, such as Song of the Water Dragon, Waves Washing the Sands and The Sheep on the Hill. It is played on traditional string and percussion instruments, typically by an ensemble of anywhere from 4-16 men, while women may accompany with song.
Apart fro mthe Shaxi Singing Festival in September, there are performances by guest request on the theatre temple stage at Old Theatre Inn. The cost is RMB 800 and may be shared among a group of guests. The show lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes 8 songs.