Peking opera or Beijing opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. The form was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. Major performance troupes are based in Beijing and Tianjin in the north, and Shanghai in the south. The art form is also preserved in Taiwan, where it is known as Guoju. It has also spread to other countries such as the United States and Japan.
Where to enjoy Beijing Opera
Location: Liyuan Theatre, 1st Floor, Qianmen Jianguo Hotel NO.175, Yong'an Road, Xuanwu Distrct, Beijing
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm daily
Ticket Pricing: 200CNY, 280CNY, 380CNY, 480CNY, 580CNY / Person depending on the seat
Acrobatics Show in Beijing
Acrobatics is the performance of extraordinary feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination. It can be found in many of the performing arts as well as in many sports. Acrobatics is most often associated with activities that make extensive use of gymnastic elements, such as acro dance, circus, and gymnastics, but many other athletic activities - such as ballet and diving - may also employ acrobatics. Although acrobatics is most commonly associated with human body performance, it may also apply to other types of performance, such as aerobatics.
Where to enjoy Acrobatics Show in Beijing
Location: Chaoyang Theatre, NO.36, Dongsanhuan North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Time: 5:15pm - 6:15pm, 7:15pm - 8:30pm daily
1.Bus NO.9, 112, 118, 101, 830, 846, 859, 420, 611, 113, 801, 729, 113, 725, 402, 405 to Hujialou;
2.Subway Route 10 to Hujialou;
3.From Beijing Capital International Airport: Beijing Capital International Airport to Sanyuan Bridge Stop by airport coach,Sanyuan Bridge Stop to Hujialou by Subway Route 10.
4.From Beijing West Train Station: Bus NO.673 to Hujialou.
1.1st - 4th line: 280CNY / Person;
2.5th - 7th line: 680CNY /Person;
3.8th line: 880CNY / Person;
4.9th - 11th line: 480CNY/ Person;
5.12th - 14th line: 380CNY / Person.
Sanlitun Bar Street
Sanlitun Bar Street is one of the most prominent location for expats to congregate- close to the embassies, and very foreigner-friendly. There are a large number of good restaurants, bars, and severa foreign food/grocery stores in the area, along with the requisite DVD and clothing shops (including 3.3, a large mall with a good selection of fashion options).
The street is lined with bars that are mostly priced for expats and rich Chinese. There are a few bars that are cheap but you must know where to go. If you look like a tourist they will charge you. There are a few places that are managed by expats but most are run by Chinese. This makes for an expat venue by what a Chinese person thinks an expats venue should be for someone who has probably never left China. A Chinese bar typically has a very small dance floor and is mostly seated tables with little if no bar at all.
Most locations are blaring pop music. You will hear the same music in almost every bar. You might even hear the same song over and over again if you rotate bars fast enough. Don't be afraid to go into the back alleys and the next few streets over. There are a lot of hidden bars and these are the more interesting ones. People will be begging, selling plastic toys, and even offering some illegal things as you walk from bar to bar. The local people here are mostly younger. There are many Chinese here looking to socialize with foreigners. There is a mall that is attached to the street that sell medium scale brands. The Beijing Apple store is located here too.
Lao She Teahouse
Founded in 1988, Lao She Tea House was named after Mr. Lao She, a famous artist in China, and Tea House, one of his famous novels. With service area of more than 2,600 square meters, the teahouse provides an antique-flavor, Beijing-styled environment, where you can watch wonderful performances by celebrities from folk arts and drama on any given day while enjoying famous tea, palace snacks as well as traditional Beijing flavor state. Numerous celebrities and more than 2 million Chinese and foreign tourists have visited Lao She Teahouse since it was founded. It has been a window for exhibiting the national culture and a bridge that connects China with the world.
Address: No.3, Qianmen West Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing Ticket:60 80 100 120 150 180
Transportation:Take bus routes 5, 10, 110, 120 and take off at Qianmen stop, or take subway Line 2 and take off at Qianmen station.
Ticket:60CNY 80CNY 100CNY 120CNY 150CNY 180CNY / Person depending on the seat
Opening hours: 9:00-1:00