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 the 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 culture, 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)
75 minutes
usually starts at 19:30 every day
(Time is subject to change. Please check with your local guide.)
 Chinese, English
175 Yongan Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
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