Located inside Chengdu Cultural Park, Shufeng Yayun Teahouse has been hosting Sichuan Opera performances for over 100 years. It’s one of the city’s most popular venues for this art form, which involves an exciting mix of music, dancing, acrobatics, martial arts, hand shadows, puppet play, comedic theater, sword play, and costume changes (face changing).
At the historic Shufeng Yayun Teahouse’s nightly performance, you can upgrade to premium seats for better views of the stage and enjoy the performance with lights snacks and tea, in addition to a massage or ear grooming. Book your tickets ahead of time for convenience, or combine a show with a hot-pot dinner and transportation for a complete experience. Be sure to arrive early to watch the performers applying their elaborate makeup and colorful costumes.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Shufeng Yayun Teahouse is a must for first-time visitors to Chengdu.
- The performances are suitable for families, including children.
- Dress appropriately for the season as the performances are held in an outdoor theater.
How to Get There
Shufeng Yayun Teahouse is located inside Chengdu Cultural Park on Qintai Road. It’s easiest to take a taxi there. By public transportation, take bus 25, 46, or 103.
When to Get There
Performances are held every night at 8pm and last for around 90 minutes. Arrive early to see performers putting on their elaborate costumes and makeup. The performances are outdoors, so it’s best to attend a performance when the weather is pleasant.
One of the most amazing acts during a Sichuan Opera performance is face changing, where the performer rapidly changes masks. There are three main types of face-mask-change routines: wiping mask (where applied makeup is wiped off to change the face), blowing mask (where the actor blows on powder cosmetics to change the face), and pulling mask (where different masks are lightly pasted on the face and whisked away quickly one by one).