Gao Grand Courtyard
Gao Grand Courtyard
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8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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David M
Oslo, Norway233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I am so glad I did not miss Gao's Grand Courtyard on my recent visit to Xi'an. Situated in the Muslim area, this offers a brief escape from the crowds. There are several beautiful rooms to visit and wonderful Chinese art and decorations. I also enjoyed the Shadow Puppet theatre.
If you find yourself in the Muslim quarter, which is an experience in itself, don't miss this gem.
Written 29 December 2019
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Singaporelonegranger
Singapore, Singapore543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Tucked in the bustling Muslim Quarter, this is a gem of a Ming dynasty heritage residence. We watched the puppet show which was quite enjoyable in spite of not being able to understand Mandarin. This quintessentially classic Chinese residence had been splendidly restored. It’s not large and would take less than an hour to view this exquisite house. Not to be missed!
Written 27 October 2019
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Jane
Stockholm County, Sweden22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Gao Grand Courtyard is a real hidden gem in the Xi'an Muslim Quarter! This grand 400 years old courtyard is literally hidden right inside the Muslim quarters, the entrance is open to the street, once you stepped inside not only you are away from the crowd and noice, you also walked back in time. There is a Silk Museum inside where you can see beautiful antique embroidery , clothing dated back hundreds of years. The handcrafts are amazing!
We also came cross a Rubbing (frottage) workshop which is surprisingly fun! Brings back the memory when as kids we all tried to rubbing a coin image with pencil.Here there are traditional Chinese paintings to chose from (some of the molds are real antique). we sat down and each made a beautiful rubbing painting to bring home! Fun experience and great souvenir!
Written 27 September 2019
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TanSuoTravel
London, UK271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
The Gao Family Mansion is tucked away on one of the smaller and less crowded streets within the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an, but it's not to be missed! This hidden gem is a real treat for those who want to see a siheyuan (四合院) or "Chinese quadrangle courtyard" and have a unique experience of Shaanxi culture at the same time.

The courtyard itself has been beautifully preserved and makes for a wonderful break from the chaos of the Muslim Quarter, as it is rarely crowded and surprisingly peaceful. You could easily spend an hour wandering through the beautifully furnished rooms of the courtyard itself and admiring the level of detail that has gone into its preservation.

The real highlight of the trip for us, however, was watching the opera and shadow puppetry performances that the courtyard hosts every day at specific intervals. These performances run reasonably regularly throughout the day, but be sure to check the schedule in advance, as the last performance normally starts at around 6pm.

The opera performance is unlike any we've ever seen before! It was not polished or professional, but full of vigour and enthusiasm. It was more like traditional folk music than an opera, but we loved it nonetheless.

The shadow puppet performance tells the classical Chinese story known as "Journey to the West." Although the entire performance is in Chinese, it is a simple children's story and thus easy to follow even if you don't understand the language. Much like the opera performance, the puppeteer is clearly very passionate about this folk art and was thus bursting with enthusiasm throughout the performance.

In short, if you plan on visiting the Muslim Quarter, definitely make time for the Gao Family Mansion!
Written 3 May 2019
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Megonthemove
Canterbury, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Business
I came upon the entrance to Gao's Courtyard by accident, off Muslim Street, and decided to have a look inside. A combined ticket for 70 Yuan got me entrance not just to the courtyard family museum, but also to a costume exhibition, a shadow puppet show, a short selection of Chinese Opera, and a calligraphy exhibition. Buy the combined ticket is definitely my advice. The shadow puppet show, though all in Chinese, was wonderful (and I ended up buying a shadow puppet to bring home), the Opera fascinating and so unlike anything I had ever seen before, and the exhibits and old clothing really very interesting. So good I spent almost 2 1/2 hours wandering around here, and it was great value for money, and so interesting to see how rich Chinese folks lived 250 years ago and almost up until the communist revolution.
Written 21 January 2019
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Jessica Y
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
The site is well preserved and full of history. The puppet show displayed true excellence and mastery in pursuit of the art. Would have been lovely to attend the printing sessions but visiting during the wrong season.
Written 7 December 2018
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Compass563291
Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
I loved to step into this tranquiel place from the busy street. It felt like jumping years in history. With a small fee, you were allowed to stroll freely, enjoy quiteness and imagine how people used to live. I found this place by accident, and was so happy I did. Within all the usual tourist places, this was a hidden jem.
Written 7 October 2018
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Ltp_BKK
Bangkok, Thailand459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
It's just a small courtyard but I personally love this kind of architecture so it becomes my favorite tourist attraction in Xian. This place also has opera and shadow puppet show which are really interesting.
Written 8 August 2018
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Triplyzer I
491 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Gao Grand Courtyard - is really grand in every sense, it is difficult to fathom a place can built with so much grandeur.
Written 26 May 2018
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fitzfloyd
Melbourne, Australia356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This was my favourite tourist site in Xi'an aside from the Terracotta Warriors. Unlike the Warriors, I had little idea what I would see after buying my entry ticket - free for tourists over 60. (I was not interested in attending the puppet show). Aside from the mansion itself, which is some 400 years old and in superb condition, I enjoyed the display of quality old silk clothing, beautifully constructed and embroidered.

You enter via an inconspicuous gateway in Beiyuanmen Street in the busy Muslim Quarter. There were few tourists when we visited and it was a welcome break from the buzz of the Muslim Quarter itself.
Written 16 May 2018
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