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Traditional performing arts in Beijing

  • Beijing, China

Last updated: 18 April, 2024

Beijing is a great place to take your first forays into China’s traditional performing arts.

Most famous is Jingju (Peking opera), staged regularly at specialist theatres, and even with its own national TV channel. Wearing symbolic outfits and make-up, performers sing at a piercing pitch backed by a percussive ensemble of gongs, drums, and clappers.

More accessible is zaji (Chinese acrobatics), thought to be 2,000 years old. Venues like the Chaoyang Theater stage nightly shows where youthful troupes demonstrate feats of almost superhuman agility.

Touring martial arts shows are also popular, often performed by Shaolin monks.

Logistics

Price from: £40
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 2-3 hours

Getting there & doing it

Some acrobatic shows and opera performances are targeted at tourists and tour groups – these are generally the easiest to book, either via an online agent such as Theatre Beijing or through your hotel. Prices can vary considerably for the same show so shop around for the best deal, and don’t be afraid to haggle.

One advantage of choosing a more touristy opera performance is the likelihood of having English subtitles.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Come with us on a discovery journey in the 2 days tour. Here you have the chance to visit the most sights seeing in Beijing during such limited time. Start the tour from your hotel each day to explore Beijing in the city and Mutianyu Great Wall. One day to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong, Temple of Heaven and followed day to Summer Palace and Mutianyu Great Wall. You can upgrade to have an evening show. Guide, entrance fees, and transfer service Lunches and round cable car up and down or chairlift up and toboggan down the wall are all inclusive.

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During this 3-day essence of Beijing private tour, you will visit the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Beijing: The Great Wall of China which is the longest defensive project in the world; Feel the best preserved imperial palace - Forbidden City; Explore the beautiful architecture in the Temple of Heaven; See the cute panda bears in the Beijing Panda House; Cruise by Dragon boat in the Summer Palace; Discover the local Hutong allays; Experience amazing night show; In additional, taste delicious local food and Peking duck; On this 3-day private tour you will have ample time to fully explore the capital city Beijing with your professional tour guide and private vehicle. This easy and convenient tour allows you to get all your planning done ahead of time so you can enjoy a hassle-free trip to Beijing!

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This two day guided itineraries cover the most highlights of Beijing . Including Tiananmen Square,Forbidden City,Hutong and Temple of Heaven on day one , Great Wall at Mutianyu and Summer palace on the second day .  You will be picked up and drop off at the hotel centrally located .The entrance tickets , and round trip cable car/toboggan for Great Wall are included, but meals and Evening shows of Acrobatic/ Kongfu are on your own cost for mutiple choices.

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