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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!
From USD $ 19.49

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