Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central entertainment

Top Choice Classical Music in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

National Centre for the Performing Arts

Plonked in the middle of an artificial lake like an alien spaceship, the Paul Andreu–designed NCPA (aka 'The Egg') is a surreal yet spectacular venue at which to catch a performance of opera (western and Chinese), b…
Peking Opera in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Chang'an Grand Theatre

The opera mask on the forecourt is the only giveaway, save for the Chinese sign, that this modern block is actually an opera house. Chang'an Grand is more a place for connoisseurs than tour groups, with seating for …
Live Music in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

DDC

In a secluded hutong, Dusk Dawn Club is the place to catch small and mid-sized bands, from post-rock noise outfits to folk strummers, both Chinese and international. Established by a collective of local musicians, a…
Classical Music in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Forbidden City Concert Hall

Considered one of the city's best venues for acoustics, the Forbidden City Concert Hall is the modern successor to an open-air stage built inside regal Zhongshan Park by the Japanese in 1942. It's a wonderfully roma…
Jazz in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Blue Note

Classy, subterranean live-music venue staging high-profile international jazz, blues and fusion musicians. The historic Legation Quarter setting gives it the feel of a posh night out. Seating is at tables, with drin…
Cinema in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Star City

This six-screen cinema, at the eastern end of Wangfujing's Oriental Plaza, usually has at least one English-language option being screened.