China entertainment

Top Choice Horse Racing in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

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 track-side, with branded beer stall…
Top Choice Live 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 rebra…
Top Choice Live 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 customer…
Top Choice Live Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

DDC

One of the capital's current favourite spots to catch Chinese indie, punk and metal bands, DDC is an intimate space located down a nondescript hútòng. Its courtyard bar is also a good place for a drink, with a wide …
Top Choice Chinese Opera in Chéngdū

Shǔfēng Yǎyùn

This famous century-old theatre and teahouse puts on excellent 1½-hour shows that include music, puppetry and Sìchuān opera's famed fire breathing and face changing. Come at around 7.15pm to watch performers putting…
Top Choice Jazz in Central District

Peel Fresco

Charming Peel Fresco has live jazz six nights a 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 there's no be…
Top Choice Theatre 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 a…
Top Choice Concert Venue in Harbin

Main Synagogue Concert Hall

Harbin's Main Synagogue, dating back to 1909, has reopened as a delightfully intimate, well-priced concert venue for classical music performances, with four shows per week (7.30pm, ¥20 to ¥100, one hour). The ticket…
Top Choice Live Music in West Shànghǎi

Yùyīntáng

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 Shànghǎi rock band worth its amps plays here, but …
Top Choice Acrobatics in Jìng’ān

Shànghǎi Centre Theatre

The Shànghǎi Acrobatics Troupe has popular performances here at 7.30pm most nights. 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 from t…