National Centre for the Performing Arts

Classical Music in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

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Sometimes called the National Grand Theatre, this spectacular Paul Andreu–designed dome, known to Beijingers as the ‘Alien Egg’, attracts as many architectural tourists as it does music fans. But it’s the place to listen to classical music from home and abroad. You can also watch ballet, opera and classical Chinese dance here.

For up-to-date listings (in English), seating plans and tickets sales, a useful agent to check out is