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Peking (Beijing) Opera Photo Tour

Known as the national opera of China, Peking (Beijing) Opera is the most influential and representative of all the operas in China, and one of the three main theatrical systems in the world. That's what makes it so special that you should not skip it in your Beijing tours.

As part of Beijing virtual tour and based upon traditional Anhui Opera, Peking (Beijing) Opera has also adopted repertoire, music and performing techniques from Kun Opera and Qingqiang Opera as well as traditional folk tunes. It took the best from each style and eventually formed its own highly stylized music and performing techniques. Peking (Beijing) Opera is a blend of music, dance, art, acrobatics, and martial arts. With its beautiful paintings, exquisite costumes, and graceful gestures, Peking (Beijing) opera has developed into a comprehensive art. Filled with many aspects of Chinese cultural, Peking opera presents the audience with an encyclopedia of Chinese culture. Its repertoire includes historical plays, comedies, tragedies and farces. The facial makeup of Peking (Beijing) Opera highlights and exaggerates the principal features of the characters. One major characteristic of Peking (Beijing) Opera is the colors painted on the face of a character. It is vital to the understanding of a play. This is a feature unique to Chinese opera (See following pictures and interpretations).

Peking Opera at Liyuan Theatre (Recommended)
Length:
 
75 minutes
Time: 
usually starts at 19:30 every day
(Time is subject to change. Please check with your local guide.)
Subtitle:
 Chinese, English
Address: 
175 Yongan Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
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Applying the colorful makeup is an art in itself
Applying the colorful makeup is an art in itself
Double checking his makeup before a performance
Double checking his makeup before a performance
Properly applying the makeup takes years of study and practice
Properly applying the makeup takes years of study and practice
A finely dressed female lead character
A finely dressed female lead character
Body movements and gestures represent female perfection
Body movements and gestures represent female perfection
The costume, makeup, actions, and singing combine to fully realize a character
The costume, makeup, actions, and singing combine to fully realize a character
Female characters can be graceful and sweet or strong and militaristic
Female characters can be graceful and sweet or strong and militaristic
A strong female character
A strong female character
Peking Opera brings to life some of China's most beloved stories
Peking Opera brings to life some of China's most beloved stories
A supporting male character
A supporting male character
Peking Operas are filled with epic battles between good and evil
Peking Operas are filled with epic battles between good and evil
A general who seems to be able to take on an army by himself
A general who seems to be able to take on an army by himsel
Characters ready to attack
Characters ready to attack
Martial arts are a major part of Peking Opera
Martial arts are a major part of Peking Opera
A unit of soldiers on the move
A unit of soldiers on the move
Legendary characters prepared for battle
Legendary characters prepared for battle
A clown adding a bit of comic relief to the opera
A clown adding a bit of comic relief to the opera
A noble warrior
A noble warrior
A strong general addressing his uppers
A strong general addressing his uppers
The monkey king preparing for more mischief
The monkey king preparing for more mischief
 
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