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National Center for the Performing Arts

No.2 Xichang'an Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100031, China
010-66550000
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Ranked #17 of 1,229 attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Theaters, Architectural Buildings
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Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A structure to behold of its manmade beauty and enhanced lighting effects by night. The waters surrounding add such a peaceful feel while visiting it, and waiting until sundown for the lights to shine on the metallic skin. While the locals come out to skate, ride bikes, photograph, film the moon over the dome, walk the dogs, fly neon kites... More

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Beijing, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A very impressive (architecturally) building that houses some unusual concert and opera halls. The in-house orchestra is excellent and regular concerts blend European and Chinese classical music .. tickets range 100 to 1500 depending on how close you want to be to the action. Good website in English - only down side is that you have to go their to... More

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The last hurrah of dictatorship is grandiose and misconceived monuments and this achieves a splendour of the, thankfully, now past rule. An opera house completely divorced from popular culture, a building completely at odds with is surrounding culture (the actual surroundings were bulldozed to make it fit), an expense hideously at odds with the needs of the people, it is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Building is simplistic beauty. Concert hall is one of the world's best...around every corner is a surprise. Architecturally fascinating.

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Due to an unclear schedule, we were unable to attend any performance in this great hall, all we could do is admire its STUNNING design and size. It is absolutely huge, and when the sun is at the right angle, the reflection from this beautiful building is almost breathtaking.

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Fantastic architecture this opera house of Beijing. Just look at the floors! And walking under the water to get in. A must see for curious tourists.

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Urumqi, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The building itself is beautiful, but make sure you buy tickets ahead of time and put it on your schedule. It's not something you can just show up for.

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Herzlia, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We only stopped here to take a photo of the outside, would have loved to see a performance or gone inside but there wasn't time. Brilliant architecture and a good contrast to all the ancient buildings you'll see in Beijing.

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Finspang, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Let me point out that I have not visited the inside of this center I just found the facade really interesting walking past it with my camera I took quite a few shots of it as the sun was going down. If you are in this area by chance why don't take some time to walk past this oval-shape building... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

One of the grander modern performance venues I've been to, although the acoustics could have been better (vis-a-vis Tokyo's Suntory Hall). The architecture is beautiful though -I particularly liked the vast expanse of water outside/above. We watched a Stravinsky concert (conducted by the legendary Valery Gergiev) here, which was a wonderful experience.

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