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National Center for the Performing Arts
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.
Address: 2 W Chang'an Ave, Xicheng, Beijing, China
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Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts Admission Ticket

If you’ve got an interest in impressive architecture, then Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts is a must-visit site. This entrance ticket means you’ll be able to explore the center in your own time without feeling rushed. See magnificent artificial lakes, The Opera House, The Concert Hall, and The Theater too.
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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.
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4-Hour Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Authentic Chinese Dinner on Hutong Street

Under the cloak of darkness, Beijing transforms into an illuminated wonderland. This private 4-hour tour allows you to experience the Chinese capital by night and includes an authentic meal from a restaurant of your choice. See Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), the Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and Beijing National Stadium lit up and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.  
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Layover Tours

Beijing by Night Private Layover Tour Including Round-Trip Airport Transfer

While on an evening layover in Beijing, instead of being bored at the airport, you will spend a quality time with your professional private guide to discover amazing Beijing city's top attractions when light up, such as The Tian'anmen square, National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV headquarter, Beijing National Stadium, Wangfujing Night Market and enjoy the lush environment of the Houhai lake area. Hear stories about Beijing's history and contemporary life from your informative guide. English speaking tour guide, private vehicle, round-trip airport transfer are included.
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Cultural Tours

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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.
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Night Tours

Beijing Private Night Tour: See Beijing when It's Illuminated

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.
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Night Tours

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.
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Dinner Packages

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Tibetan Dining Experience at Makye Ame plus Beijing City Night Tour

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Private Beijing By Night: Illuminated tour with Spa treatment

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Painting Classes

Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Chinese Ink and Brush Painting Experience

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Food Tours

Beijing Night Tour with King's Joy Luxury Vegetarian Dinner

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Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Traditional Chinese Brick Extension Workshop

This Beijing night tour takes you through the city during the evening hours, providing an easy way for you to see famous landmarks lit up after dark. In additional, you will spend 1 hour with a master to learn the traditional art of brick extension in the personal studio. Travel by the illuminated attractions such as the Tian'anmen Square, Wangfujing Street, National Theatre, The Houhai Lake, The CCTV Building and The Place Mall with Huge LED TV screen roof. Listen to commentary about the city and its history as you go. Hotel pickup within the 4th ring road and transport by private vehicle are included.
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Literary, Art & Music Tours

Premier One Day Beijing Art Tour

Top class tour services for luxury guests with great interests of art in Beijing.We provide business class seat on the vehicle and upscale cuisine at renowned restaurants in Beijing city town.
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Hiking & Camping

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2 Days Mutianyu Great Wall Tour from Beijing with Forbidden City, Tiananmen

Enjoy a private 2-day tour to explore the highlights of Beijing. Take a round-trip cable car up and down the Mutianyu Great Wall. Appreciate the magnificent architectural style of the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. An experienced driver and a professional guide will offer you a high-quality service.
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Multi-day Tours

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Art Classes

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On this private 4-hour evening tour, you will delight in seeing the amazing city sights all aglow. Prior to scouring the city in search of the city's illuminated beauties, explore the Beijing Business District and experience the art of Chinese flower arrangement at a hands-on class in the personal studio. Highlights during your panoramic tour include CCTV building, The Place Mall, Wangfujing Snack Street, National Theatre and Tiananmen square. Hotel pickup within the 4th ring road and transport by private vehicle are included.
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Literary, Art & Music Tours

Private Illuminated Beijing Tour with Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Experience

On this half-day, evening tour, you’ll combine a nighttime ride past Beijing’s top attractions with a traditional calligraphy workshop. Learn how to write your name in Chinese characters and master the basics of the age-old ink-and-paper art. Then, tick off sites like Tiananmen Square, the National Grand Theater, and the Place Mall during a comfortable, chauffeured drive through the capital.
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