National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)

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National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) information

Běijīng , China
2 W Chang'an Ave
+86 10 6655 0000
Getting there
Subway: Line 1 to Tian'anmen West, exit C
More information
admission ¥30, concert tickets from ¥80-400
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm Tue-Sun
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Critics have compared it to a shiny metallic egg (although it looks more like a massive mercury bead), while modernists love it to bits. Plonked in the middle of man-made lake, the sci-fi looking NCPA, also known as the National Grand Theatre, is a surreal location in which to catch a show.

Examine the bulbous interior, including the titanic steel ribbing of interior bolsters (each of the 148 bolsters weighs 8 tonnes), and tour the three halls. See the website for details on concerts.