Must-see entertainment in China

  • Comuna de Pedra

    Macau

    This edgy but elusive contemporary-dance company has performed everywhere – in parks, on rooftops, in factories, and on stage in Macau and overseas. See…

  • School Bar

    Beijing

    Distorted guitars rule at this divey mainstay of Beijing's underground-music scene. Punk, garage, indie and metal bands dominate, plus the occasional DJ…

  • Palace IMAX

    French Concession

    With six large screens, comfortable 3D glasses and an intimate VIP cinema with 50 seats (at an extra cost), this is one of the best movie houses in town.

  • Cathay Theatre

    French Concession

    Retro 1932 movie house showing films in 2D and 3D, with some in English. Ticket prices vary depending on the title and movie show times.

  • Yue Space

    Beijing

    Check out up-and-coming Chinese bands at this arty, 500-capacity livehouse, which also stages movie screenings and cultural events.

  • SFC Metro City Cinema

    Shanghai

    This cinema on the 5th floor of the Metro City mall has four screens and shows some English-language films.

  • Daguanlou Cinema

    Beijing

    Dingjun Mountain, an excerpt of Peking opera believed to be the first Chinese film, was screened at this historical cinema back in 1905. Remarkably, you…

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    Lao She Teahouse

    Beijing

    Named after the celebrated Chinese novelist and dramatist whose works include the play Teahouse, the nightly shows at this tourist-oriented complex are…

  • Macau at night

    Grand Lisboa Casino

    Macau

    A golden lotus-shaped tower, the delightfully tacky Grand Lisboa has become the landmark by which people navigate the peninsula's streets. Its four gaming…

  • Harbin Grand Theatre

    Harbin

    An architectural marvel, this sinuous, space-age theatre complex designed by MAD Architects has two auditoriums and hosts orchestral, dance and operatic…

  • Yòujiàn Píngyáo

    Pingyao

    Ninety minutes of immersive, interactive theatre featuring extravagant sets and mind-blowing visual effects will transport you to ancient Pingyao. The…

  • Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre

    Suzhou

    On the banks of Jinji Lake is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Shaped like a crescent moon and bearing a striking nest-like facade that changes…

  • Wynn Palace

    Macau

    Wynn Palace has upped the game by having its own cable-car system take visitors around a huge fountain with dragon-topped pillars, dancing spouts and…

  • Parisian

    Macau

    Family-friendly and reasonably priced (for Cotai), Parisian offers 3000 rooms ('famille' rooms have adorable children's furniture), and a huge play area…

  • Monkey King - China Show

    Macau

    This extravaganza of Chinese mythology, acrobatics, song and dance is based loosely on the Chinese classic Journey to the West whose central character was…

  • Studio City

    Macau

    You can recognise Studio City from afar by the figure-eight-shaped 'Golden Reel' at its centre, a double Ferris wheel with views across Cotai. This…

  • New Little Bar

    Chengdu

    This small publike venue is the place in Chengdu to catch live local bands; they play most Fridays and Saturdays, and occasional weekdays, usually from…

  • Mosuo Dance Show

    Yunnan

    This nightly dance show sees group dancing by many Mosuo men and women in traditional dress around a fire, with the occasional tourist joining in. The…

  • West Kowloon Cultural District

    Kowloon

    Taking up a dramatic spot on the West Kowloon harbourfront, WKCD is slowly developing into Hong Kong's cultural quarter. Construction of cultural spaces…

  • Liyuan Theatre

    Beijing

    This touristy theatre in the Qianmen Jianguo Hotel has nightly performances of Peking opera complete with English subtitles. The setting isn’t traditional…

  • Zhuhai Live Bar

    Zhuhai

    A dive bar that hosts local and international gigs nightly from 9pm within its graffitied walls. The music can be pop, rock and everything in between. It…

  • Sha Tin Racecourse

    New Territories

    Northeast of Sha Tin town centre is Hong Kong’s second racecourse, which can accommodate up to 80,000 punters. Races are usually held on Sunday afternoon …

  • Red Theatre

    Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

    The daily show is The Legend of Kung Fu, which follows one boy’s journey to become a warrior monk. Slick, high-energy fight scenes are interspersed with…

  • MegaBox

    Beijing

    Conveniently situated in the basement of the Taikoo Li Sanlitun shopping mall, this swish multiplex usually shows at least one or two English-language…

  • Brown Sugar Jar

    Shenzhen

    The long-established Brown Sugar Jar has several locations in Shenzhen, but this is its main live house, a cavernous, warehouse-style space buried deep in…

  • Hong Kong Arts Centre

    Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

    A popular venue for dance, theatre and music, the Hong Kong Arts Centre also contains the two-floor Pao Galleries which hosts retrospectives and group…

  • Dada Bar + Lounge

    Kowloon

    Jazz and blues performers take to the stage nightly at this hotel-bar, which looks something like the Moulin Rouge with its scarlet carpets, heart-shaped…

  • Temple Bar

    Beijing

    Cheap shooters, ear-splitting rock bands, and a young, up-for-it crowd make this smoky dive a fun place to visit on weekends. It's on the floor above…

  • Penghao Theatre

    Beijing

    Students from Nanluogu Xiang's Central Academy of Drama (China's most prestigious) sometimes perform at this informal, non-profit theatre on an unnamed…

  • Daguan Theater

    Shanghai

    This state-of-the-art 1100-seat theatre in the impressive Himalayas Center, attached to the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, stages Chinese opera, other…

  • Tango

    Beijing

    From international rock bands to EDM DJs, there's usually something going on at Tango, a medium-sized venue that comfortably holds a thousand revellers.

  • Rui Cunha Foundation

    Macau

    From its airy venue in the heart of the peninsula, this foundation promotes the Macau identity through a carefully curated series of art exhibitions,…

  • Mercedes-Benz Arena

    Shanghai

    The galactically styled UFO structure of the Mercedes-Benz Arena at the former World Expo site is a truly impressive building. It hosts big-name…

  • Sheung Wan Civic Centre

    Hong Kong

    This government-run performance venue shares a building with a wet market and cooked food centre. Its year-round program leans towards drama by local…

  • Broadway Cinematheque

    Kowloon

    New art-house releases, rerun screenings and blockbusters are shown across four screens here. Also has a world-cinema DVD and poster store. Pop next door…

  • Tengwang Theatre

    Jiangxi

    This small theatre within the grounds of Tengwang Pavilion puts on short but high-quality performances of traditional dance and music five times a day. An…

  • Garden of the Master of the Nets

    Suzhou

    From April to November, music performances are held nightly from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Performances move from room to room so you'll see a bit of the garden…

  • National Library Arts Centre

    Beijing

    Yet another Beijing venue specialising in classical recitals and orchestral ensembles. The concert hall is state-of-the-art, with around 1000 seats. You…

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