Beijing

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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  • 1. Forbidden City Concert Hall

    Xicheng District | Music

    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...Read More

  • 2. Beijing Concert Hall

    Xicheng District | Music

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

  • 3. Poly Theater

    Dongcheng District | Music

    This is a modern shopping-center-like complex on top of Dongsishitiao subway station. One of Beijing's better-known theaters, the Poly hosts...Read More

  • 4. Yugong Yishan

    Dongcheng District | Music

    Housed in a Republican-era courtyard, Yugong Yishan is the city's other premier destination for live music by both local rock bands and touring...Read More

  • 5. MAO Live House

    Dongcheng District | Music

    With some of the most committed gig fans in the city, and live music almost every night of the week, MAO Live House is the place to experience...Read More

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