Here’s where to find out about the 3 most popular Beijing nighttime performances favored by international visitors. We pick these top 3 shows put on each evening in various theatres in Beijing, featuring the traditional Chinese culture.
#1 Red Theatre Beijing Kung Fu Show
The show is targeted at tourists so English subtitles are provided on a screen with narrator speaking English all the way through. Though it has a lot of fast-paced fighting, it is also well versed with an attractive storyline, a touching story to tell. Amazing performance, lights, sound and stage.
Venue: Beijing Red Theatre
Add: No.44 Xingfu Street, Dongcheng District, about 50 Meters East of Tiantan Hotel, Beijing
Ticketing: Discount Kung Fu Show Ticket Booking.
#2 Peking Opera
Peking Opera ( or Beijing Opera ) is a national treasure dating back to the 55th year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty (1790). It is rich in repertoire with profound influence in China. The stories behind the operas are sometimes difficult to follow. It is extremely noisy and bears absolutely no resemblance to western opera. For westerners, they may need getting used to.Peking Opera is a number of stylized action including acrobatic fighting to tell a story.
Find below some of the Peking opera houses in Beijing:
Huguang Huiguan Guild Hall ( 北京湖广会馆）
Add: 3 Hufang Road, Xuanwu District ,Beijing 北京市西城区虎坊路3号
Time: 9: 00—19: 00 closed on Monday
Bus: Take buses No. 6、14、15、25、23、109 and get off at Hufangqiao stop
Subway: Take Subway Line2 get off at Hepingmena and take Bus No.7 at Hepingmennei.
Liyuan Theatre （梨园）
Add: 1/F , Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, No.175, Yongan Road, Hufangqiao, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Performance Time: 19:30-20:40
Bus: Take bus No.6,15,822, get off at Yongan Road.
Zhengyici Theatre (正乙祠戏楼）
Add: No. 220 Xiheyan Street 北京市西城区前门西河沿街220号
Time: from 19:30pm
Ticket: 280、380、580、580(Private Room)、880（Private room）
Chang’an Grand Theatre (长安大戏院）
Add: No.7, Jinguomennei St., Dongcheng District
Time: afternoon and evening show
#3 Beijing Acrobatic Show
The acrobatic show is performed on the base of dance and opera arts with beautiful compositions, amazing stage design, colorful costume, bright light and exciting sound. A traditional Acrobatic show includes jumping through hoops, hand feats, rope walking, swallowing knives and spitting fire and so on.
Venue : Chaoyang Acrobatic Theatre.
Add: 36 North East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Official Website: http://www.chaoyangtheatre.com/