Beijing Performing Arts

The performing arts in China took a long time to recover from the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and political works are still generally banned or avoided. In recent years, names such as Kevin Spacey and the Royal Shakespeare Company have alighted on Beijing, reinforcing the capital’s reputation as an arts destination. For culture vultures, there are avant-garde plays, chamber music, traditional

Peking opera, acrobatics shows, and lots more.

As most of the stage is inaccessible to non-Chinese speakers, visitors to Beijing are more likely to hunt out the big visual spectacles, such as Beijing opera or kung fu displays. These long-running shows are tailored for travelers: your hotel will be able to recommend performances and venues and will likely be able to help you book tickets.

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Beijing Concert Hall

One of Beijing's main venues for Chinese and Western classical-music concerts also hosts folk dancing and singing, and many celebratory...

Beijing Exhibition Theater

Chinese plays, Western (and Chinese) operas, and ballet performances are staged in this Soviet-style building that's part of the exhibition...

Capital Theater

This is a busy, modern theater near Wangfujing shopping street. It often has performances by the respected Beijing People's Art Theatre...

Chambers Fine Art

Named after the noted British architect Sir William Chambers, Chambers Fine Art Beijing opened in 2007 in the art village of Caochangdi.

Chang'an Grand Theater

In this theater specializing in Chinese opera, spectators can choose to sit either in the traditional seats or at cabaret-style tables.

Chaoyang Theater

This space is the queen bee of acrobatics venues, especially designed to unleash oohs and ahhs. Spectacular individual and team acrobatic...

China National Puppet Theater

The shadow and hand-puppet shows at this theater convey traditional stories—it's lively entertainment for children and adults alike.

Forbidden City Concert Hall

One of the nicest venues in Beijing, the 1,400-seat Forbidden City Concert Hall plays host to a variety of classical, chamber, and traditional...

Huguang Guild Hall

Built in 1807, the Huguang Guild Hall was at its height one of Beijing's "Four Great" theaters. In 1925, the Guild Hall hosted Dr. Sun...

Lao She Teahouse

Named for famed Beijing author Lao She, this teahouse in the Qianmen area plays host to a variety of traditional performances, including...

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