Beijing’s many historical and cultural attractions during the day capture many visitors’ interests. Come night fall, its entertainment options are just as captivating. Traditional performances such as the†Beijing Opera, acrobatic shows and dramatic teahouse performances are popular with the more mature visitors to the city, while younger visitors tend to favor snack markets, pubs, clubs and cafes. For a visitor who wishes to become better acquainted with Beijing, a stroll along Chang’an Street to Tiananmen Square is highly recommended.
Peking Opera is the quintessence of Chinese culture. With a history of more than 200 years, Peking Opera is the most popular of many forms of traditional opera in China. It consists of singing, speaking, dancing, acrobatics and martial arts. The typical roles in Peking Opera include sheng (male role), dan (female role), jing (painted faces) and chou (clown). In Beijing, visitors can also appreciate Peking Opera with distinct national characteristics.
Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts in China. For more than 2,000 years, Chinese acrobats have created many classic techniques such as wire walking, head feats, ancient magic, conjuring, to name a few. Chinese acrobatics have been warmly received by visitors from all over the world.
Beijing has a number of famous teahouses. Some are traditional; others are newer teahouses with a new age spin. At the Laoshe Teahouse, customers can taste popular teas and listen to opera. The folk performances at Tianqiao Teahouse, will help visitors enjoy themselves so much more. Drinking tea at a square table while watching performances on stage is a favorite pastime for many Beijing natives, young and old.
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