The unmistakable National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) 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.
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.