Liu Sanjie show


Liu Sanjie show on the Li River Yangshuo

A must-see outdoor performance from allaimed director Zhang Yimou

This famous water staged-show in Yangshuo had its premier in 2004 and is billed to be the largest natural stage in the world. Liu Sanjie (The Three Liu Sisters) was created and choreographed by legendary Chinese director, Zhang Yimou, who also created and directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics.

The outdoor ampitheatre is located about 2 km from West Street and the show is performed on the Li River itself. Twelve karst hills are illuminated, highlighting the area’s natural geological wonders as a backdrop to the stage. The show can appear different each performance, as mist, rain, clouds and varying moonlight naturally alter the set of the stage. The Liu Sanjie show features more than 600 local people, who are mainly farmers, fisherman and young children from surrounding villages to perform to an audience of up to 10,000.

Liu Sanjie is performed every night of the week except during periods of heavy rain. The show runs Mon-Fri from 8 pm, however in high season and weekends there are two shows, one starts at 7.30 pm and the final show at 9 pm. Tickets are available through Yangshuo Village Inn reception, or through travel agencies in Yangshuo. The ticket price does not include transport, but we can arrange a taxi for drop off and pick up, or you can catch an electric car from West Street in Yangshuo.

Liu Sanjie is a love story about a woman named Liu Sanjie, which means “third sister Liu”. Her voice was so beautiful that it moved everyone who heard it. Born in the town of Liuzhou and working on the family farm with her two sisters, the legend is that a warlord falls in love with Sanjie but she is already in love with a man from her village. The warlord does not accept this and kidnaps her, but Liu Sanjie’s lover and friends from the village set out to rescue her and the couple escape, living happily ever after.

Tickets for the Liu sanjie show, (also called Sanjie Liu, Impression Sanjie Liu and Liu sanjie river show or Liu sanjie light show) are available at Yangshuo Village Inn and our sister hotel, the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat.

For more great Liu Sanjie photos, see this Flickr page