Best Beijing Opera Theaters

'Seeing the China Great Wall, Dining on the Roast Duck, Enjoying Beijing Opera' are the most important things for travelers in this city. Praised as quintessential China, Beijing Opera has played an important role in the locals' entertainment for centuries. It combines opera, dancing, music, art and literature together, showing the audience a complete picture of the folk arts of China.  If you are interested in the mystery of oriental culture, enjoying the traditional folk opera is a must for you. Where to enjoy Peking Operas? Here list some best Beijing Opera Theaters.

Liyuan Theater

Chinese name: 梨园剧场 (lí yuán jù chǎng) 
As one of the best Beijing opera theaters, Liyuan Theater is the most famous theater for enjoying the  opera. Located in Jianguo Hotel Qianmen, the theater puts on these performances at 19:30 – 20:30 every day except for the Chinese New Year Eve (according to the professional tradition). In Liyuan Theater, you can sit around a Ba Xi'an Zhuo (old fashioned square table for eight people) and drink Chinese Tea. If you are interested, you can go into the dressing room to see how the actors are made up in various facial painting, something not allowed in other theaters. The Crossroads, Autumn River, Pick up the Jade Bracelet and Farewell My Concubine (Death of Yu Ji) are the most frequent shows. 
Ticket Fare: CNY 380/480/580
Address: 1F, Jianguo Hotel Qianmen Beijing, No. 175, Yong'an Road, Xicheng District
Beijing Opera Show in Liyuan Theater
Beijing Opera Show in Liyuan Theater
Visitors listen to Beijing Opera
Visitors listen to Beijing Opera

Chang'an Grand Theater

Chinese name: 长安大戏院 (cháng ān dà xì yuàn)
Chang'an Grand Theater in the list of best Beijing opera theaters is a good choice for enjoying genuine performances. The theater was built in 1937 in Xidan Business Street and since then, it has been a gathering place for fans. In 1996, new Chang'an Grand Theater was rebuilt on Dong Chang'an Avenue and seated 800. It is a perfect combination of classical and modern architecture. You will enjoy the elegant rosewood tables, comfortable soft seats and luxury VIP seats.
Ticket Fare: CNY80/100/180/280/380
Address: No.7, Jianguomen Inner Street, Dongcheng District

Beijing Opera Theater

Chinese name: 京剧院实验剧场 (jīng jù yuàn shí yàn jù chǎng)
This theater has performances on Friday, weekends and other official Chinese holidays. It is a cheap but good place for tourists to enjoy.
Ticket Fare: CNY50/80/100/120/380
Customers Capacity: 1,000 persons
Address: 8/F, Beijing Opera Troupe Office Building, No.22, West Ping'anli Street, Xicheng District
An actor putting on make-up
An actor putting on make-up
Beijing Opera Performance
Beijing Opera Performance

Mei Lanfang Theater

Chinese name: 梅兰芳大剧院 (méi lán fāng dà jù yuàn)
This theater of best Beijing opera theaters is named by the outstanding opera master—Mei Lanfang (1894~1961). The whole building has mixed the traditional opera theater and modern construction style perfectly, having a 1008-audience's capacity. The audience seats are distributed on four floors so that everyone could have a good viewing on the performance.
Ticket Fare: CNY50~2080
Address: No.32, West Ping'anli Street, Xicheng District
- Last updated on May. 09, 2023 -
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Asked by Ewa from POLAND | May. 09, 2023 04:17Reply
Does Jiangguo Hotel still show opera after COVID?
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Answered by Emily | May. 09, 2023 20:40

I'm sorry but it is still closed.
Asked by sheila Johnson from UNITED STATES | Aug. 27, 2019 14:10Reply
Beijing Theatres

Could you please tell me how can I buy tickets to the following theater. I will be there September 9-12, 2019.

Liyuan Theater is the most famous theater for enjoying the opera. Located in Jianguo Hotel Qianme

Thank you!

Sheila Johnson
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Answered by Anne from CANADA | Aug. 28, 2019 00:33

Since its official website is only in Chinese, foreigners are hard to book tickets online. You can try to call them but I'm not sure if they offer an English service. TEL: 400-600-4100. Hope helpful.
Asked by Victor from PANAMA | Aug. 17, 2018 16:53Reply
Is it allowed to bring a camera to take pictures during performances in Beijing Opera Theaters?
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Answered by James from CANADA | Aug. 21, 2018 23:23

Generally speaking, it’s not allowed.
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