Nowadays, Peking Opera show has enjoyed a high prestige in the world. It has become a must-see at night if you have a Beijing tour. In China, Peking Opera show enjoys a long history as a traditional Chinese art.
Peking Opera, which originated in the late 18th century, is a synthesis of music, dance, art and acrobatics. It is the most influential and representative of all operas in China. Peking opera of China is a national treasure with a history of 200 years.In Peking opera there are four main types of roles: sheng (male), dan (young female), jing( painted face,male), and chou (clown, male or female). The characters may be loyal or treacherous, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, their images being vividly manifested.
Nowadays, Facial Mask has become an important part of Opera show. Peking Opera wouldn’t enjoy a world-wide reputation without the Facial Mask. As a traditional art, Facial Mask has played an active part in spreading Chinese cultures and promoting Peking Opera.
Here, I will suggest Liyuan Theatre and Huguang Guild Hall for you.
Peking Opera at Liyuan Theatre
Address: 1/F Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Show Time: Daily, 7:30pm
Huguang Guild Hall
Address: 3 Hufang Lu, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Show Time: Daily 6:30-7:45pm
This will be an experience not to be missed during your Beijing tour. For those who do not understand the Chinese language there is an opening scene setting in English and throughout there are English comments at appropriate times without detracting from the opera. You are welcome to Beijing!