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Why Peking Opera is Worth Seeing while Visiting Beijing

Love it or not, as a fundamental part of the cultural heritage of Beijing, Peking Opera show is worth seeing while visiting Beijing. To enjoy a night out with a Peking opera show will be an once-in-a-lifetime experience for every traveler. Here are some reasons why the Peking Opera is worth putting on your bucket list while planning on a trip to Beijing.

Profound History of Peking Opera
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The art of Peking Opera, also called Beijing Opera, can be dated back to as early as the late 18th century, when it was one of the most popular art forms and recreation for the royal court of the Qing Dynasty. Peking Opera involves four forms of expression which can be seen during a performance: singing, dancing, martial arts and the spoken word. There are dozens of iconic roles played by the performers in a single performance, and for the Chinese audience they can easily tell between the different roles — the villain, the comedian, etc — merely through the color and style of their face paints aka the facial masks.

Where to See Such an Amazing Show in Beijing
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There are dozens of performing venues available in Beijing where you can drop by for an opera show or other shows, but if those foreigner-friendly theaters are highly recommended where some certain English subtitles are available. The Liyuan Theater, located inside the Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, is no doubt the most sought-after theater for an ultimate Peking Opera show, where English subtitles will be included in the 90- to 120-minute performance. While the Liyuan Theater may seem a little old-timer, so if you want to find a theater more modern, then the Changan Grand Theater is a good bet, where the English subtitles are also available to give you a clue of what is going on onstage. If you only got a limited time in Beijing and you just do not want to miss out on both Peking Opera and Chinese acrobatics show while you are in Beijing, you can have a chance to see them both at the Chaoyang Theater.

It is not difficult to find these theaters as they are all located downtown, but if you want to combine your opera experience with an authentic Peking duck dinner an organized tour is highly recommended. In this way, with both pickup and drop-off at your hotel you will enjoy a worry-free evening.