National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
|The Oval Exterior|
Symphonies, dance shows, ballets, dramas, operas and other kinds of performances are frequently staged in the National Centre of the Performing Arts. If time is allowed, you can enjoy any shows that you like. The NCPA visiting tour includes art exhibitions, thematic activities, as well as facilities. You will both appreciate the magnificent architectural style and enjoy the profound art environment of thematic exhibitions here.
The Exterior - A Giant Oval Shell
|The Night View of the Theatre|
The Opera House, the Concert Hall and the Theater are the three performance venues inside the center. They are separated houses, yet are connected by air corridors.
Three Performance Venues
|The National Centre for the Performing Arts |
Seen at a Distance
By the east side of the Opera House sits the Concert hall where the large-scale symphonies and Chinese traditional music are performed. The silver white color makes it elegant and serene. Auditorium is around the stage, which makes it possible for the audience to enjoy performances from any angle. The ceiling of the hall rolling like waves is propitious to the diffusion of the sound. All the specialized designs realize the perfect integration between architectural and acoustic aesthetics. 1,859 seats are available here.
One thing cannot be missed that the pipe organ placed in the hall with 94 stops and an impressive array of 6,500 pipes is the largest one in Asia. It is the most valuable treasure in the Concert Hall.
The design of the theater has a distinct Chinese traditional style, where traditional Chinese operas, stage plays and national songs and dances are performed. 957 seats are set here, excluding the orchestra. Zhejiang's silk on the walls are flameproof, full of strong Chinese traditional taste. The advanced stage can not only satisfy the special needs of Chinese traditional opera's performance but also highlight the closeness between the audience and the performers.
Air inlets of the air conditions are built under the seats. While seeing the performances, the audience will not feel the wind but will enjoy the coolness. What's more, noise elimination equipments are also installed. No noise will be made when you have to leave while the performance is going on.
How to get there
1. Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Tiananmen Xi Station. Get out from Exit C. There is an underground passage to the theater directly.
2. Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Hepingmen Station. Get out from Exit B1. Or get off at Qianmen Station and get out from Exit C.
1. Take bus 52 and get off at Shibei Hutong Station.
2. Take bus 1, 5, 52, 99, or Sightseeing Bus 1 or 2 and get off at Tiananmen Xi Station.
Beijing Bus / Subway Search
|Visit Ticket||CNY 30 for adults; CNY 15 for children under 3.9 feet (1.2m) |
A: CNY 40 for 1 adult + 1 minor under 18 years old
B: CNY 65 for 2 adults + 1 minor under 18 years old
Note: Minors taller than 3.9 feet should provide a valid ID card.
|Opening Hours||09:00-17:00, last entry at 16:30; closed on Monday except holidays.|
|Show Ticket Booking||1. At the ticket office near the north gate: 09:30-18:00 for days without performances; 9:30-19:30 for days with performances |
2. Hotline: +8610-66550000 (available between 09:30-19:30)
Further Reading: 2017 Performance Schedule