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Why Peking Opera Is Worth Seeing

Have you ever heard of Peking Opera, the most famous Chinese art? If you have not seen it before, then you definitely should pay a visit to Beijing to see the Peking Opera show during nighttime.

Peking Opera Show

An Art with Profound History
Peking Opera show has long enjoyed a high prestige and a long history in China. On this Beijing night tour, you are free to feast your eyes on the splendid Peking Opera and immerse in its cultural vibes. During the Opera show, if you pay particular attention, you may easily find that there are about four artistic techniques applied in Peking Opera, including singing, dialogue, acting and acrobatic combat. Singing is pretty much self-evident while the dialogue is usually mixed with music. Singing and dialogue combine to make up the song, one of the basic elements concerning Opera show. Acting is kind of like dancing moves and acrobatic combat is a combination of martial arts and acrobatics. Similarly, acting and acrobatic combat make up the dance, another element of Opera show. As for the performers, they all started to learn this art from a very young age. On stage, maybe they only perform for a few minutes but off stage they have practiced for like a thousand times. During their trainings, they will learn all of the techniques and skills concerning the Opera show. Till later times, some of them may be particularly good at singing, some at acting and some at acrobatic combat.

Feature of the Peking Opera
Moreover, I bet the first impression the Opera show leaves you is no other than those amazing facial masks. They are nothing like the common masks that you are pretty familiar with. They are actually painted on the faces by the performers. It is a little bit more like a kind of make-up. During the Opera show, you will see a wide variety of facial masks painted with different colors. Every color reveals the personality, role and fate of the character, like red symbolizing bravery, silver and gold representing myth or supernatural powers and so on. They play a key role in helping the audience to understand the ploy better during the Opera show. It is said that the facial masks derive from the ancient religion and dancing masks.

Why Ming Tombs Is Worth Exploring

Ming Dynasty played a significant part in Chinese history. There is no better way to get a good sense of the Ming-era history than a visit to the Ming Tombs while visiting Beijing. Here is a little advice on why you should put the tombs on your travel list in Beijing.

Beijing Ming Tombs

Profound History of Ming Dynasty
The Ming Tombs refers to a massive mausoleum site outside city proper of Beijing and a home to a bunch of Ming emperors and his empresses. Also known as Shisan Ling, these tombs are the site where 13 of the 16 Ming dynasty emperors were buried. None of the 13 Ming tombs has been unearthed except for one - the Ding Ling. Dingling is the burial ground for the 13th Ming emperor Zhu Yijun who died in 1620, and was opened to the public in 1959. The tomb is the site where Zhu Yijun, his primary wife, and his favorite concubine were buried. It is said that the tomb was equipped with a unique locking mechanism inside the vault in order to protect from the grave robbers. Though the locking mechanism makes opening the tomb next to impossible, ancient grave robbers had found a way. Later when the modern archaeologists entered the tomb, the vaults were found looted by robbers. The tranquil atmosphere at Ming Tombs makes it a great break from the masses of tourists at Badaling.

Countless Delights to Explore
The Ming Tombs site is home to countless historic delights and attractions – al worth exploring while visiting the scenic area. The first sight while entering the area is a long paved path called Sacred Road which is neatly lined with odd animal statues on both sides. The paved path is a quiet walkway leading to the tombs and a fun way to experience the Ming Tombs. The path is marked out with an impressive archway through the Great Palace Gate. The 12 pairs of stone animals on the way to the tombs offer great picture opportunities for visitors to the scenic area. Lining the path, half of the stone animals are standing and half are kneeling - why they were designed like that remains a mystery for modern people. Aside from the fun walkway, there are two tombs open to visitors today including Changling and Dingling. Changling is more like a palace complex while Dingling more of an underground palace with countless exhibits on display.

Overall, a visit to the Ming Tombs is a great way to end a day trip while visiting Beijing.

Why Beijing Night Tour is More and More Popular

As the metropolis of China, Beijing really could be regarded as the holy land of diversity sightseeing, natural beauties, imperial buildings and the glorious modern appearance. For the flourishing sightseeing, Beijing night tour is becoming more and more popular among tourists. Why?

Night View of Bird's Nest

Typical Night Charming
For the Beijing Attractions, many of them could realize their real value only at night, such as the CCTV Tower, Beijing Hutong and some modern plazas. Only at night, for tourists who are interested in the modern Beijing appearance, they could research the real faster developing country tastes. Standing at the foot of CCTV Tower, under the highest neon lighting, you could easily smell the fashionable Beijing. However, for the tourists who are interested in the Beijing old Hutong culture, night will also be the ideal time. Once the night fell, everything in the narrow lane will be recovered to the peaceful appearance. During this time, walking along the small lanes, listening to the local residences' gossiping, deep old Beijing will immediately poured into your mind and heart. Apart from these, many colorful shows are also exhibited in the night adding more miracle feelings to the Beijing travelers.

Leisurely Night Environment
If you say the Beijing night sightseeing is colorful, then the big feature of Beijing night will be the tranquility and peaceful environment. Typical tranquility is the first element forming the wonderful Beijing night. For the tourists tired of the noisy of Beijing, night will be the ideal moment to experience Beijing other appearances. Just choose what you want and what you liked, sitting down, listening to the voice Beijing night sent out, you will find you have researched the real Beijing.

Money-saving Treasure
For the Beijing night tourists, they will gain the big harvest. Apart from the typical charming night sceneries, peaceful night environment, tourists could explore money-saving spots. For the night tour, tourists just only need to appreciate the typical night appearance of Beijing without spending the sightseeing tickets and any forced shopping processes. Just leisurely wandering around the area what they like, fully mixed into the wonders!

Beijing night tour will be getting more and more popular in the future days. It is really a best idea for large group of tourists who are interested in typical free pace enjoying!

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