The wide variety of nighttime activities available throughout China is a major attraction for travelers, with many exciting performances to see and experiences to have.

One of the highlights of any trip to China is a night at the Chinese Classical Opera. A feast for the senses, the opera features magnificent costumes and intriguing plots (even if you can’t understand the words verbatim). Performances by talented Chinese acrobats and animals such as pandas, dogs, and cats are also “must see” events. Other cultural favorites include colorful folk dancing, classical Chinese dance, and “wushu,” the traditional form of martial arts.

In larger tourist towns and cities, you’ll also find modern dance, jazz, classical and rock music. If you like movies, you’re in luck, since the Chinese do too. Most towns host dozens of cinemas, and seeing a Chinese film is fun even if you don’t understand the language. And, of course, there’s karaoke, the most popular evening entertainment in China. Drop in for a “pijiu” (beer), muster up your courage, and try singing a song (in English). You’re sure to make some new Chinese friends.

Just outside of some tourist cities are large folkloric and cultural centers where travelers have the opportunity to observe and participate in traditional ethnic minority folk dancing or craft-making activities. There are usually half-day or evening activities that are often included in tour itineraries.

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