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An evening of traditional Beijing Opera at the Liyuan Theatre

Visit the legendary Beijing Opera and watch the stories of the ancient and culturally rich country of China unfold before your eyes in breathtaking performances.The rich and highly stylised traditions of the Beijing Opera stretch back to the late 18th century and have come to represent the quintessential Chinese art form. Elaborately costumed actors bring the old stories alive with brightly painted faces, expressive mime and acrobatics and beautiful musical accompaniment. The operas performed tell the stories of over 5000 years of Chinese history. From the ancient times to the dynasties of Yao, Shun and Yu, the Spring and Autumn Period, the Warring States Period and the dynasties of Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing, learn about the founding of a nation with handy English subtitles allowing you to fully appreciate the performance. Watch as mighty emperors, nepotistic ministers and brave generals mingle with the geniuses and great beauties of Chinese legend. Popular with western visitors, the Liyuan Theatre lies in the Xuanwu District south of Tianamen Square, the birthplace of Beijing Opera. With a grand opera hall that can seat over 1000 guests, a beautiful historic setting and fantastic decorations including old opera masks, folding screens, calligraphy and poetry on the walls, Liyuan is the perfect place to experience this beautiful, intricate artform for yourself. Visit the legendary Beijing Opera and watch the stories of the ancient and culturally rich country of China unfold before your eyes in breathtaking performances.The rich and highly stylised traditions of the Beijing Opera stretch back to the late 18th century and have come to represent the quintessential Chinese art form. Elaborately costumed actors bring the old stories alive with brightly painte Meeting/pick-up point /strong> Hotels in Beijing City center only. Hotel pick-up is for selected hotels only, please call 24 hours before trip to confirm if your hotel is included.

Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Start or opening time: 7:30am.

Languages: Shared tour: in English. Private tour: English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Required documentation: Please do not forget to bring your ID.

Included: Entrance tickets, English-speaking tour guide, traditional Chinese lunch and coach tickets.

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