Experience the mesmerizing melodies and intense action of the Sichuan Opera during a performance in Chengdu’s Shufenf Yayun Teahouse. Marvel at dazzling dancers and astounding acrobats as they deliver an extravagant spectacle of color and culture. Upgrade to enjoy unrivalled stage views from luxurious seats and pleasure your palate with snacks to accompany a Sichuan tea. For the ultimate experience, opt for ear grooming, a Chinese massage and a show costume dress up session that comes with a complimentary photograph.
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!
Massage, ear-grooming, photo opportunity in costume or puppet experience (VIP choose 1 from above)
Light snacks (A-Class option only)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera, Qintai Road, Chengdu 610072 China
What To Expect
Make your own way to Shufeng Yayun Teahouse, a cultural construction located in the Chengdu Culture Park. Venture within the richly decorated building and take a seat in the position selected. If you’ve opted for VIP seating, sink into a luxurious chair and enjoy a relaxing massage and ear grooming session before the show starts. For more detailed information on each VIP option, please see the Itinerary section below.
Hear an expectant hush descend over the crowd as the lights dim and the curtains open to reveal dazzling set design and colorful costumes. Become hypnotized as you watch a magnificent mélange of puppetry, folk music, acrobatics and dancing. See Southwestern China’s rich culture come to life through three distinct acts, which include Spitting Fire, Rolling Light and Changing Faces. Immerse yourself in tales of legend and love and watch puppet shows that depict ancient folk art while enjoying a traditional Sichuan tea service at your table. Upgrade to enjoy specialty snacks that compliment the refreshing beverages.
Applaud raucously at the end of the show and venture to the dressing room to transform into a colorful character if you have upgraded to the VIP experience. Make your own way back to your hotel with magical memories after the show concludes.
Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera
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.
Admission Ticket Included
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
It is recommended to allow 30 minutes for taxi ride
Instructions to the taxi driver will be included with your tickets. Before departing make sure to ask your hotel's front desk to write out the name and address of your hotel in English and Chinese, or take along the hotel's business card to facilitate an easy return trip
Taxi fare is not included in this tour
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travelers can participate
Operated by Samtour of Chengdu OTC Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
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Fun for everyone
Terresa_C, May 2021
Awesome experience - fun for my whole family. We each had different things that we came away enjoying the most. We got VIP tickets and sat front and center - we also enjoyed the preshow massage and shadow puppets.
Praveen_T, Jan 2020
The whole evening was just awesome. I was provided a good seat, snacks and tea. The show has explanations in English. The show itself was amazing. So colorful.The face changing is like magic.
Definitely a must do.
Gerardo_T, Jan 2020
Excellent place, although was not in English you can enjoy the perfomances of the actors....
Ver recomendable when you are around
Good entertainment !
Feghiu_B, May 2019
We loved the tea and the show. It was also pleasant that some if the staff talked in english. If I return to China I will visit the opera again.
Amazing face changing
rachadatat, May 2019
I lked the show, even though couldn't understand some acts due to language barrier. I recommend people getting VIP seating in front rows; otherwise it will a bit far from the main stage and some audience might be blocking the view, similar to what happened in my case even though I booked the A class seating.
We had a brilliant evening watching the...
Thomas C, Sep 2018
We had a brilliant evening watching the Sichuan Opera, the performance was almost like a variety show, different performers demonstrating different techniques. The highlights were the face changing and the shadow puppets. If you go to Chengdu, make sure you see the opera!
This was my 12 year old's favorite...
Bryan B, Jul 2018
This was my 12 year old's favorite activity we did in China. It is very entertaining for the kids.I recommend going VIP so you can sit in front and get free massage, ear grooming brother options. My kids chose to play with puppets and see how they work. It lasts about an hour and is a fun evening. Go early to walk around the area as it is a very vibrant and happening area.
Since we live in Chengdu, whenever...
Yvonne M, May 2018
Since we live in Chengdu, whenever we have visitors, we take them here. It's an outdoor venue, but it is covered and during the winter they have mini fireplaces. I would recommend getting there early to go backstage and get made up in costume and meet the cast. Beware they will try to upsell you when you arrive or at your seat...ear cleaning, massage, etc. But definitely a must do in the 'Du!
The opera was a nice performance...
Iris K, Mar 2018
The opera was a nice performance, HOWEVER, this was the WORST Viator experience I've ever had and I've been using Viator quite a bit. The Viator VIP option is misleading advertising / false advertising of the services provided. With the VIP upgrade, we were supposed to ... choose ONE OF THREE options: a massage, ear grooming or photo opportunity in opera makeup and costume. I chose the photo opportunity in opera makeup and costume option. After the opera staff applied the makeup, I was forced to pay an extra 100 yuan in order to have a costume. The staff had indicated to me even though I showed them the Viator voucher indicating makeup and costume that the makeup does NOT come with the costume. They said it didn't matter what the voucher said - that was their policy that if I wanted the costume, I would need to pay an extra 100 yuan minimum. I reached out to the local tour contact provided by Viator and he confirmed in an email which I still have... that I was mistaken - for the Viator voucher, it is choose one of FOUR options. I sent Viator a formal complaint via email several times and have yet to get a response from them. As I'm looking through this tour, it still says the SAME THING - choose ONE OF THREE options - I want to caution everyone thinking about the doing the VIP package to be ready to pay for the costume if you are looking to do the makeup and costume option because it's not included even if you show your voucher. And one more tip - whatever option you choose, you should plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the show starts because my other travelmates chose the massage and the theater staff said that we can get the massages after the show, but after the show, the entire theater was emptied out with no massages available. So while we had paid for the VIP package, other than the seats, we did not get any of the stated VIP options. This was a very disappointing experience. Viator needs to either sort it out with their supplier and make sure the VIP option includes makeup and costume or Viator needs to charge more to make sure costume is included or Viator needs to put a note indicating that guests will need to pay for the costume separately.
The opera is fascinating experience...
Therese_J, Mar 2018
The opera is fascinating experience in Chengdu. I especially like the hand figures and the face changing. Worth a visit.