Top ChoiceHorse Racing in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse

An outing at the races is one of the quintessential Hong Kong things to do, especially if you're around during the weekly Wednesday-evening races. Punters pack into the stands and trackside, with branded beer...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Kowloon

This Town Needs

This Town Needs…more underground music venues like this, staging 10 to 15 gigs monthly in a hip warehouse space in the coastal Kowloon burb of Yau Tong. Formerly known as Hidden Agenda, TTN is a much expanded...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Kowloon

Canton Singing House

The oldest and most atmospheric of Temple St's singalong parlours, Canton resembles a film set with mirror balls and glowing shrines. Singers take to the stage one after another to belt out the oldies; some...

Top ChoiceJazz in Central District

Peel Fresco

Charming Peel Fresco has live jazz every day of the week, with local and overseas acts on an intimate stage close enough for listeners to chink glasses with musicians. It's small, relaxed and friendly, and...

Top ChoiceChinese Opera in Chengdu

Shǔfēng Yǎyùn

This famous century-old theatre and teahouse puts on excellent 1½-hour shows that include music, puppetry and Sichuan opera's famed fire breathing and face changing. Come at around 7.15pm to watch performers...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Chengdu

NU Space

This combination cafe, bookshop, gallery and performance space at the head of delightfully hip Kuixinglou Jie makes a nice stop to unwind after the overenthusiastic crowds of Wide and Narrow Alley, or to get...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Cotai

House of Dancing Water

The House of Dancing Water, Macau’s most expensively made show, is a breathtaking melange of stunts, acrobatics and theatre designed by Franco Dragone, the former director of Cirque du Soleil. The magic revolves...

Top ChoiceLive Music in West Shanghai


Small enough to feel intimate, but big enough for a sometimes pulsating atmosphere, Yùyīntáng has long been one of the top places in the city to see live music. Any Shanghai rock band worth its amps plays here,...

Top ChoiceJazz in French Concession

JZ Club

The JZ brand has been in Shanghai for decades, and its newest spot hosts live music every day of the week in an old Shanghai–style jazz club. It's always atmospheric, with velvet red drapes and art deco lighting...

Top ChoiceChinese Opera in Tianjin

Guandong Guild Hall Peking Opera

Popular Peking opera performances are held every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at this fabulous 100-year-old wooden tea house-theatre inside the Guangdong Guild Hall. Performances last for 90 minutes. Tea (from...

Top ChoiceJazz in French Concession


An intimate jazz bar with an art deco feel and a drinks menu to match Shanghai's decadent era. Cocktails are top notch, with plenty of vintage flavours on the list – orange bitters, cognac and the like. Midweek...

Top ChoiceClassical Music in The Bund & People's Square

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Shanghai’s state-of-the-art concert venue hosts everything from Broadway musicals to symphonies, ballets, operas and performances by internationally acclaimed classical soloists. There are also traditional...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Jing'an

Wooden Box

Down a quiet street, this leafy cabin surrounded by trees is an intimate live venue run by the JZ family with live jazz, and regular acoustic folk and bluegrass sets. The happy hour is excellent and runs from 2pm...

Top ChoiceClassical Music in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

National Centre for the Performing Arts

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...

Top ChoiceLight Show in Kowloon

Symphony of Lights

Illuminating both sides of Victoria Harbour every night, symphony of lights is a kitsch paean to all that bling real estate (and a middle finger to Earth Hour). Dancing lasers, searchlights and LEDs are timed to...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Shenzhen

B10 Live House

From hair metal to experimental jazz, all genres are equal at this warehouse live-music venue that welcomes eclectic performers from around the world. The musical heartbeat of OCT-LOFT, B10 is also the principal...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Macau Peninsula

Live Music Association

The go-to place for indie music in Macau, this excellent dive inside an industrial building hosts live acts from Macau and overseas. There are two or three bands a week, with past performers including Cold Cave,...

Top ChoiceChinese Opera in Nanjing

Lanyuan Theatre

Kūnqǔ, an extant form of Chinese opera originating from Jiangsu, is staged at this intimate theatre every Saturday evening at 7.15pm. The English subtitles retain the feeling and poetry of the original text,...

Top ChoiceAcrobatics in Jing'an

Shanghai Centre Theatre

Shanghai Centre Theatre

The Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe has popular performances here most nights from 7.30pm. It’s a short but fun show and is high on the to-do list of most first-time visitors. Buy tickets a couple of days in advance...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Jiang Hu

A hip hutong livehouse popular with local musicians, Jiang Hu stages folk, blues, jazz and open-mic shows most nights in its wood-beamed courtyard space. The owner, a trombone player, regularly joins in for a jam.