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Where to See the Peking Opera in Beijing

Beijing is the capital of history and culture in China. There are a variety of featured performances putting on every day. Beijing Opera is a traditional style of Chinese theatre performance and is regarded as the quintessence of Chinese culture, enjoying a history of more than 200 years. The local usually watch Beijing Opera in theatre, they can even play by themselves at home sometimes. Do you know where to see the Peking Opera in Beijing? In the following, some famous Beijing Opera theatres will be introduced to you. If you are the first time to come to Beijing and are interested in Beijing Opera, you will find some useful information here.

Li Yuan Theater

• Address: Qianmen Hotel, 175 Yong'an Lu, Xuanwu District, Beijing
• Show Time: 19:30 daily (last for 1.5 hours)
• How to get there: take bus No.6, 15, 822 and get off at Yong’an Road

Li Yuan Theater is one of the most famous opera houses that put on the performance of Peking Opera. It is the first teahouse-style theatre in Beijing. The decoration of the stage is of antique beauty. The whole house is full of Peking Opera atmosphere. It offers Chinese tea and fruit during the show time. Guests can taste the Chinese tea and local flavor snack while enjoying the performance. As a famous venue for Peking Opera performance, Li Yuan theatre receives numerous foreign visitors every year.
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Zheng Yici Opera Theatre

• Add: 220 xiheyuan Dajie, Xuanwu District, Beijing
• Show Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
• How to get there: take bus No.14, 15, 22, 25, 44, 45, 48 and get off at Hepingmen Station

Zheng Yici Opera Theatre is the oldest Peking Opera theatre with well-preserved wooden structure. After restoration, it is a living fossil of Chinese opera theatres now. Mei Lanfang, who is a Grandmaster of Peking Opera in China, used to play in this theatre. as one of he most romantic Peking Opera theatre in Beijing, delightful Peking Opera shows are put on in this historic site every night.

Hu Guang Hui Guan Opera Theatre

• Add: 3 Hufang Road, Xuanwu District, Beijing
• Show Time: 7:15ppm – 8:45pm
• How to get there: Take Bus No.7, 14, 15, 70, 66 and get off at Huafng Road

Hu Guang Hui Guan Opera Theatre is not only a Peking Opera theatre in this city, but also the first Opera Museum in Beijing. Originally built in 1807, it boasts one of the oldest Peking Opera theatres in Beijing with more than 200 years’ history. Recently, after reconstruction, guests are able to enjoy the traditionally Peking Opera and the history and development of Chinese in this antique house.
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Mei Lan Fang Grand Theatre

• Address: West 32 Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
• Show Time: 7:30pm

Mei Lan Fang Grand Theatre is named after Mei Lan Fang, a great master of Peking Opera. The design of the theatre and the hall, together with the facilities, is filled with Chinese features and original creativity. Except for the Peking Opera shows every night, there also put on foreign dance dramas, modern dramas and concerts.

Chang'an Grand Opera House

• Add: No.7 Juangguomennei Avenue, Beijing
• Show Time: 7:15pm – 8:45pm
• How to get there: take Bus No.120, 126, 420, 52, 637, 1, 205, 208 and get off at Beijing Railway Station

Originally constructed in 1937, Chang’an Grand Opera House is a well-know time-honored Peking Opera theatre in Beijing. It was reconstructed in 1996, and the new building of the theatre combines the modern architectural art with the classical national architectural style. It mainly puts on Chinese traditional dramas.

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