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National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing (must see)

The National Centre for the Performing Arts, colloquially described as The Giant Egg, is an arts centre containing an opera house in Beijing. If you wish to enjoy the quintessence of China, you must not miss the Beijing Opera on your trip to Beijing. Also known as the Oriental Opera, this is the most significant form of Chinese opera in existence for the past 160 years.

Beijing Opera has witnessed an abundance of repertoires, opera troupes, artists and spectators through the ages. Developed from the “Huiban”, a local drama art of the 18th century China, Beijing Opera has grown into a scenic art that integrates literature, performance, music, face-painting and aria.

Ever since it came into existence, Beijing Opera has had different names such as Pingju, Daxi, Jinghuang and Jingxi. Four artistic methods namely dancing, dialogue, singing and martial art are used by the artists in Beijing Opera to present dramatic figures and plays.

Male characters, known as Xiao Sheng and Lao Sheng, are the two groups of male characters in the opera. Xiao Sheng refers to beardless young men and Lao Sheng to bearded middle-aged wise men. Dan or female characters, on the other hand, are subdivided into Laodan – senior women, Huadan – little girls at the bottom rung of society, Zhengdan – middle-aged, strong women, and Wudan – female fighters.

Why You Should Visit:
Incredible building from the outside, but with even more surprising things hidden inside.
Beautiful to discover, comfortable, optimized for music enjoyment and world class shows.

Tip:
Do check for the performance schedule online, as orchestras & musicians from around the world come to perform here on a regular basis.
Go in the day, well before shows start, to get a better choice of seats and prices, or you can just join the visiting tour for walking around inside the hall and viewing the exhibition.

Visiting Hours:
Tue-Sun: 9am-5pm

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Sight Name: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Sight Location: Beijing, China
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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