Entertainment in Jiangsu

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment 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, making the performances some of the most absorbing you'll find in China. Ticket prices vary by performance but generally cost from ¥50 up to ¥150.

  • Entertainment in Suzhou

    Pingtan Teahouse

    Píngtán enthusiasts gather here to keep the traditions alive. The music usually starts at 8pm. Order some tea (unlimited serves ¥200), and pick songs (¥50 to ¥100, some lyrics have English translations) for the master to play.

  • Entertainment in Suzhou

    Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre

    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 colour at night, this multi-venue arts centre regularly hosts performances of opera, music, dance and theatre, as well as touring exhibitions.

  • Entertainment in Suzhou

    Garden of the Master of the Nets

    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 but wandering off is discouraged. Don’t expect anything too authentic and do expect to stand.

  • Entertainment in Suzhou

    Kunqu Opera Museum

    This place puts on performances of kūnqǔ (regional opera style) at 2pm on Sundays. Buy tickets by the theatre door on the day; arrive early as seats tend to fill up by 1.45pm. No English captions.

  • Entertainment in Suzhou

    Pingtan Museum

    The Pingtan Museum puts on wonderful performances of píngtán, a singing and storytelling art form sung in the Suzhou dialect. Two-hour shows are at 1.30pm daily.

  • Entertainment in Zhouzhuang

    Ancient Kunqu Stage

    Holds open-air kūnqǔ performances every other day. The quality won't blow your socks off but the costumes are bright and the actors enthusiastic. Don't worry about arriving for the beginning of a show or staying for the duration.