Beijing Attractions: Beijing Opera Theater
Beijing Opera Theater
- Located in a hutong south of Tiananmen Square
- Performances and practice open to the public
- A taste of old Beijing
A five-minute walk from Heping men subway station will get you to an old theater where the Beijing Opera (Peking Opera) has been performed for hundreds of years.
The Beijing Opera Theater is a bit rundown and has clearly seen better days - but that's half of the charm of the building.
Beijing Opera performer
Beijing Opera performer back stage in makeup at Zhengyici Theatre
Located on a small alley called Qian Men Xi He Yan Jie, the theater is a wonderful old pile that still puts on performances now and then.
On the outside of the building is a distinctive "No Smoking" sign, which is pointedly ignored.
The next sign that you are at the right place is the door, a colorful entrance amid a sea of gray. The walls of the hutong are painted a rather uniform gray, but the Opera doors stand out for their color.
If you keep walking you can take in the hutong, one of Beijing's traditional neighborhoods.
Beijing Opera Theater Access
South of Tiananmen Square, the theater is less than five minutes on foot from Heping men Subway Station on the Circle Line. Go out of the station and walk south on Nan Xiahua Jie (street). Take the first left. It is on the south side of the street.
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For 5 yuan, you can enter the building and watch people practice. Performances are held periodically in the evenings.
Beijing Opera singer back stage