National Center for the Performing Arts Tours

The unmistakable National Center for the Performing Arts sits immediately to the west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing. This oval structure is made from thousands of titanium plates combined with sheets of glass and is surrounded by an artificial lake, which from afar gives the appearance of a giant egg floating on the water. This appearance has earned the building the nickname, ‘The Giant Egg.’

The National Center for the Performing Arts houses three separate yet connected performance venues, including the Opera House, the Concert Hall, and the Theater Hall. The center hosts national and international classical music performances, as well as opera, ballet, and traditional Chinese dance performances.

Practical Info

To reach the National Center for the Performing Arts, take a Line 1 subway train to Tiananmen West and use Exit C. There is an underground passage from here directly to the venue. The center is closed on Mondays but open throughout the day from Tuesday to Sunday for general visits. Tickets for specific shows can be purchased at the ticket office at the north gate.
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Address: 2 W Chang'an Ave, Xicheng, Beijing, China
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Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts Admission Ticket

The National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is Beijing’s Opera House designed by French architect Paul Andreu. This ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls with a total surface of 12,000 m² in size.
  • Duration: 1 to 8 hours
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$6.45 USD
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  • Duration: 1 to 8 hours
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Private Night Sightseeing Tour of Beijing

Watch Beijing light up for the night on a 3-hour nighttime sightseeing tour of China’s capital city. Travel with a private guide in a comfortable vehicle to see Tiananmen Square, and admire the dramatic architecture of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV headquarters and Beijing National Stadium. Explore a maze of food stalls at the Donghuamen Night Market and Wangfujing Night Market; discover some great local bars around Houhai Lake; and check out the colorfully lit Central Business District shopping centers.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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$36.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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Beijing Private Night Tour

See the sights of Beijing at night during this 3-to-4-hour tour, including round-trip transport. First venture to the Wangfujing Food Market, and explore exotic food items, such as scorpion, snakes, silk warms, and grasshoppers. Then visit Qianmen Street, the National Center for the Performing Arts, and the Olympic Green park. End your tour in the Houhai Lake area, which is known for its awesome nightlife, and choose to stay in that area or go back to your hotel.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$30.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Bike Beijing Night Tour

Discover the quieter side of Beijing on a 3-hour evening bike tour with an expert guide. Admire the city sights at night as you bike through Tiananmen Square and along the moat of the Forbidden City. See the illuminated National Theater, and take in the lively nightlife and lush environs of Houhai Lakes. Hear about Beijing's history from your informative guide, and stop to taste favorite local snacks on this fun and fascinating bike tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$56.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full-Day Beijing Private Tour: Capital Museum, Olympic Area and 798 Art District

See Beijing’s cultural highlights on a full-day tour with an experienced guide. Delve into the past and future of Beijing at the Capital Museum, a modern architectural masterpiece. Head to the traditional hutong district. Take in the atmospheric old alleyways of south Beijing, Olympic area, and the 798 Art Zone, a former factory complex that contains amazing artist studios, cafes and shops. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$43.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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6-Hour Beijing Modern Architectures Private Tour includes National Theatre

Beyond Beijing’s historical highlights, discover another side of the Chinese capital on this modernist architecture-themed itinerary. Set off directly from your local hotel, and explore with just a private guide for company. You’ll visit the National Centre for the Performing Arts (known as the Giant Egg) and the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall, and will admire numerous other city highlights, from the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) to the CCTV Headquarters and more.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$55.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Beijing Night Walking Tour with Flag Lowering Ceremony at Tiananmen Square

Admire Beijing’s top attractions as their evening lights switch on with this 2-hour walking tour. With your private guide, head for Tiananmen Square to watch its famous, sunset flag-lowering ceremony. View the vast square and historical buildings, and see other landmarks including the egg-shaped National Theatre, Qianmen Old Shopping Street, and Wangfujing Church. Plus, delve into the night market and street food haunts around Wangfujing Street, learning about daily life in the city as you go.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$18.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Beijing Royal Cuisine Dinner with Performance Experience and Nanluoguxiang Visit

Have a night out in Beijing with this 4-hour Chinese dinner and show experience, including a visit to Nanluoguxiang and round-trip transport from your hotel. Sit down at Da Zhai Men restaurant for an authentic Chinese meal, and watch traditional performances, such as opera and acrobats. End your night by visiting Nanluoguxiang, one of the most popular nightspots in all of China.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$78.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Beijing Private Half Day Night Tour

To truly experience a city as vast as Beijing, it pays to have a private guide and vehicle. Delve deep below the surface on this intimate night tour, which comes in two distinct flavors, old and new. The old-world version delivers hutong, a food street, the ancient city wall, and Forbidden City views. The modern tour focuses on contemporary landmarks such as the “Giant Egg” and Central TV Tower.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$42.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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