Liyuan Theater is co-run by the Beijing Qianmen Hotel and Peking Opera Theatre where performers offer a wide repertoire of Peking Opera routines. Sometimes the audience members are allowed to enter the make-up room and watch actors apply their elaborate costume make-up. You don't need to worry about the language as all the pieces are majorly performed with gestures and martial art skills. Peking Opera (Jing Ju in Chinese pronunciation) is a form of traditional Chinese opera which combines singing, music, performing, dance and martial arts. The art was influenced by local dialect, as well as the artistic styles and expressions of other local operas, particularly singing. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. The form was extremely popular in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China.
China's national opera, Peking Opera, enjoys immense popularity among Chinese theatre goers, and holds great appeal to foreign audiences. Its origins date back to 1790 when four local opera troupes from Anhui province came to Beijing to give performances at the Qing court. In 1828 they started to stage joint performances at the imperial palace of Qing dynasty with the local opera troupes from Hubei province. The art was influenced by Beijing local dialect, and drew on each other, as well as the artistic styles and expressions of other local operas, particularly singing. These joint performances developed over a twenty-year period which was during the reign of Emperor Xianfeng (1850s) into a new form of opera, with distinctive features. This became known as Peking Opera. Peking Opera combined the characteristics of a variety of traditional Chinese operas. All the pieces in this show basically major in physical movement, gesture, dancing, and martial art. You don't need to worry about the language. You'll see the delicacy of the make-up and costume, which is complicated and quite professional. The voices and guestures of the performers are strictly stylized based on different types of characters. The costumes and decorations are strictly designed according to the gender, age, rank, social position and status of each individual character. So is the make-up. It is the essence of Chinese culture, aesthetics, and also a possibility to see live ancient Chinese lifestyle. Itinerary: You will be picked up at your centrally located hotel in Beijing in private air-con vehicle. The show begins at 19:30 and ends at 20:40. After the show, you will be driven back to your centrally located hotel in Beijing.Your English speaking driver will take the tickets for you and send you into the theatre. You don't need to care about anything.Pick-up Time: 18:15 Pick-up Point: lobby of your centrally located hotel in Beijing. Notice: Please make sure to be at the lobby of your hotel at around 18:15. The driver might be a little later or earlier depending on the local traffic. Detailed hotel name and address is necessary at time of booking. Inclusion: Ticket for Peking opera show. Private hotel (centrally located hotel in Beijing) pick-up and drop-off, transfer in private air-con car. Exclusion: Dinner; Gratuity (optional); Any other personal expense.