Beijing Opera (Peking Opera) has been around since the late eighteenth century and was originally performed for the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty. It didn't fare well in the Cultural Revolution, when it was reviled as a corrupt luxury of the ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

Great tour, our first visit of a Beijing opera. Was a great and amazing show. Many thanks to our great tourguide Warren.

Doing what: Private Tour of Beijing: Shichahai, Nanluoguxiang and Peking Opera with Peking Duck Dinner


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

I recently had some tours from some of your lovely guides around Beijing of the forbidden city, temple of heaven, Beijing opera and the night walking tour. The tour guides were wonderful; very knowledgeable of the areas, and fun people to spend time with. I was very impressed with their prompt and timely starts to the tours, which was especially important being in a new city as it was reassuring that I was meeting them in the correct place and there was no confusion. I have experienced poor timeliness in the past so I was really appreciative of the tour guides for this attribute. The tours were well structured, and very good value for money, and I was happy that I was neither rushed nor delayed with the time I spent at each location and with the guides. The mixture of private cars, local transportation, and planned meals was excellent and I feel that I had a well rounded and informative experience in Beijing learning about the history and culture of the intriguing city. I particularly appreciated the professional experience and coordination between the main office, the guides, the locations visited and the drivers. I have been very happy with the experience and I fully recommend that others use Viator for planning their own tours. In light of this I have copied into this email my friend Ester who would like to organise some tours for Beijing, and I hope you are able to organise some fun activities for her! She is particularly interested in going to the Great Wall of China. Thank you very much for the wonderful experiences which I will carry with me for a life time!

Doing what: Private Tour of Beijing: Shichahai, Nanluoguxiang and Peking Opera with Peking Duck Dinner

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4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

You might watch Cannes Palme d'Or winner Farewell My Concubine before you decide to take in a Beijing Opera show. This venue is special in that it gives newcomers an introduction to Beijing Opera which can be a total shock if you've not been acclimated to the high-pitched vocals, extremely stylized movements, stereotyped characters that are immediately recognized by a Chinese audience, and so-on. Translations into English are lightening speed, but that can't be helped on overhead monitors, and the one hour performance consists of four or five excerpts from some of the funniest or most impressive routines from the Beijing Opera repertoire. Still, on the night I went, at least five different tour groups of 30 people were in the audience and two of these groups filed in 10 minutes late, interrupting the show. 5-10 minutes later, 90 of these clowns had stood up and filed out of the theater, presumably because they were bored or unimpressed. If you think Peking Opera might really appeal to you, be prepared for this reaction from the uninitiated audience or better yet just attend a performance at one of the opera venues that does not try to introduce the genre to clueless foreign tourists.

Doing what: Beijing Opera Night Show

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