3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

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  • Location: Chengdu, China
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Swap sopranos for fire-breathing acrobats at the Sichuan Opera, a one-of-a-kind cultural performance at Chengdu’s Shufeng Yayun Teahouse. You’ll be glued to your seat for 1.5 hours as you watch acrobats, dancers, and puppets in acts that include a ‘face-changing’ mask spectacle. Depending on your preferences, you might upgrade for better seats and snacks to go with your included Sichuan tea. For the VIP treatment, opt for a Chinese massage, for an ear-grooming session, or to dress up in show costume with makeup for a photograph!

Highlights

  • Sichuan Opera cultural performance with tea in Chengdu
  • Take a seat at Shufeng Yayun Teahouse for a delightful show
  • Be entertained by Sichuan performing arts using stick puppets, face masks, folk music, acrobatics and dance
  • Enjoy complimentary tea service and upgrade to include snacks
  • Choose from four seating options including VIP access to a Chinese massage, ear grooming or photo session in costume!

What You Can Expect

Sichuan Opera in Chengdu

Sichuan Opera in Chengdu

Hail a taxi (own expense) and make your way to Shufeng Yayun Teahouse located in Chengdu Culture Park. All entrance tickets include Sichuan tea service at bamboo tables and chairs, and you can upgrade to add light snacks. If you’ve chosen VIP seating, enjoy a chair massage or get your ears cleaned (a traditional teahouse service) before the show, or take the opportunity dress up in an opera costume and makeup for a photo after the show. (See descriptions of each VIP option in Itinerary below.)

When it's time to take your seat, turn your attention to a lively 1.5-hour show that fuses acting, acrobatics, puppetry, folk music and dancing. The Sichuan Opera derives its subject matter from Chinese classical novels, legends and folk tales. Several distinct acts — Changing Faces, Spitting Fire and Rolling Light — feature dazzling sets and costumes that celebrate Southwestern China’s performing and fine arts.

During Changing Faces, perhaps the most popular routine, the actors quickly switch between different masks to portray characters’ personalities as the drama develops. Spitting Fire is a literal act that's distinctive of Sichuan Opera; it's also a performance that elicits oohs and ahhs from the crowd. Rolling Light involves a performer acting out a variety of routines like jumping over a bench or dancing with a fan, all the while balancing a bowl lit with fire on his head!

Other highlights include The Beauty of the World, a stick puppet show about a fairy infatuated with human life, and an act featuring shadow puppets that draws from an ancient folk art.

Hop on a taxi after the show to make your way back to your hotel.

Itinerary

VIP Upgrade:
When you arrive at the theater, choose one of three options: a massage, ear grooming or photo opportunity in opera makeup and costume.

Massage:
As you sit at your seat, relax as you receive a head and shoulder massage before the show begins!

Ear Grooming:
Get your ear cleaned by a professional ear groomer a traditional service that typically takes place at a teahouse or theater.

Costume Photo:
After the show, head backstage to see how the traditional Sichuan opera mask is applied as you dress up in costume with stage makeup. Then pose for your photograph!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

We did the option to be made up like the cast, it was great, unbelievable pictures.
Show was entertaining and extremely enjoyable

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

The opera was very interesting. For VIP, I showed up an hour early to have the costume and makeup done, which was a lot of fun! They offer photo services at an additional fee, and help you pose in traditional dance movements. The opera was a variety hour of different chinese performance acts

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

This tour was amazing!

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

Redeemed the coupons for tickets without too much trouble as I speak Chinese, but I have no idea how others would have known to go to the shopping complex across the street from the park, and then to a desk in the back. As for the show, it was extremely loud too loud! and while the face changing and fire breathing at the very end were fun, there was an awful lot of non-opera felt like a US variety show in the 1940s -- slapstick, bad jokes, overall silliness -- but the audience clearly loved it! Worth every penny if you want to experience today's China..

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

Redeemed the coupons for tickets without too much trouble as I speak Chinese, but I have no idea how others would have known to go to the shopping complex across the street from the park, and then to a desk in the back. As for the show, it was extremely loud too loud! and while the face changing and fire breathing at the very end were fun, there was an awful lot of non-opera felt like a US variety show in the 1940s -- slapstick, bad jokes, overall silliness -- but the audience clearly loved it! Worth every penny if you want to experience today's China..

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