Chaoyang Theatre is one of the best places to see a Chinese acrobatics show. Young acrobats from across China perform here, spinning plates, balancing on stacks of chairs, and riding motorcycles upside down in a steel cage, among other seemingly impossible feats of athleticism and strength. The Basics
More than 3 million tourists have come to the Chaoyang Theatre to watch these acrobats during their 2-decade run. Performances last an hour. You can choose between a basic performance ticket, or upgrade the experience with extras like a Peking duck dinner, private car transfer, or a VIP seat. If you’re short on time, combine a daytime tour of the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven with dinner and the show at the Chaoyang Theatre. Things to Know Before You Go
- A performance at the Chaoyang Theatre is a quintessential Beijing experience for first-time visitors.
- Don’t forget your camera; photography and video are both permitted.
- DVDs of the show are available for purchase after each performance.
- It’s a good idea to book your tickets at least two days in advance to avoid disappointment.
How to Get There
If you haven’t booked a tour with hotel transfer, take the metro to and from the show, as getting a taxi after a performance can be quite difficult. The nearest subway stop is Hujialou Station along Line 10. When to Get There
The Chaoyang Theatre puts on two shows nightly. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to find your seat. About the Chaoyang Theatre
The theater was built in 1984 in Beijing’s Chaoyang District. The 2-story building can seat 1,400 spectators in its main theater; a smaller theater hosts Peking opera performances. While seats on the lower floor tend to be more expensive, views are just as good (if not better) from the upper floor.