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National Center for the Performing Arts

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Reviewed 2 days ago

To be honest, I came here only to marvel at the unique architecture of this building, which is aptly nicknamed "The Egg" (and understandably so!). Take a subway and alight at Tiananmen West station (Line 1) and you'll arrive directly inside the Center. Along the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architecture of the building is fantastic, and the inside is nice too. Guided tours are available to explain the design and history of this building too.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

This is my third visit in 2018 to this beautiful titanium-accented glass dome theatre of the performing arts (aka, The Giant Egg). Over my past two visits, I’ve watched a performance and toured the National Grand Theatre. Although I didn't see Lang Lang himself, I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 27, 2018

A wonderful complex of performing arts theatres. I visited the place during daytime, unfortunately all concerts were sold out. Still, coming here is much recommended – the complex is beautifully build, great architecture, some interesting exhibitions in the complex, the entrance below the outside pool...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Amirflg
Reviewed November 5, 2018

The least known of the great sights of Beijing. In my opinion the greatest of the "modern monuments" - a lot more impressive than the Olympic Bird's Nest. Before going in - walk around it, enjoy the light on the lake around it, on the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

We did not go to any performances here, but certainly spend an hour or two looking at both the interior and exterior of the building. The exterior on a sunny day, and we had one, looks amazing as the metal exterior glints in the sun....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KirkieClare
Reviewed October 6, 2018

the NCPA is one of the most beautiful buildings inside and outside that I've ever visited. Do yourself a favour and get cultured, do a tour of the inside. It was the highlight of my Beijing trip.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Spent 30 mins walking around the outside of this amazing building.....so much more impressive than the Opera House in Sydney. Inside was stunning with live classical music before the show.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 1, 2018

The building is magnificent inside the lake and the interior is extremely well organized. We went and saw Romeo and Juliet by Gounod. it was a ravishment from the beginning to the end. And good surprise: the public is very young and eager to discover...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Millenium2016
Reviewed July 29, 2018

This is stunningly beautiful. It was built as a cultural contribution for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. The CCTV building is known as the "chicken" - because it looks like chicken legs, the Olympic stadium is the "nest", this is the "egg". The approach to the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Paul J
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February 3, 2017|
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Response from Ashok I | Reviewed this property |
Dear friend, we had planned a month and half in advance. Even after that we were not allowed to visit the premises on the day we had planned. Online booking is difficult due to restrictions on internet so I would suggest... More
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National Center for the Performing Arts (2 Replies)
When does the season for the National Center for the Performing Arts end? Also, what would be the best place to see Kunqu Opera? Thank you
April 27, 2014|
Response fromQupnicely|
There are performances all year round. I don't know about opera.
Andrejs M
Riga, Latvia
little help with itinerary (8 Replies)
There are 4 of us (26-30 years old) travelling to Beijing in early May and we need some help with our planning for 5,5 days in the city. The thing is that I have seen some itineraries around here that look very intense with lot of places to visit each day. While we would like to see as much as possible of the popular places the priority is to enjoy our vacation and feel rested after and so that we dont feel exhausted and need to go to bed at 9PM each day. Therefore I would like to know...More
April 27, 2012|
Response fromJean-Pierre D|
You have enough time that you do not need to worry too much about a precise schedule. Just go with the flow. Be aware what is where and do more or less depending on the weather and how tired you are. The Temple of Heaven is better earlier (at least as early as 9am). Maybe on the first day you do Beihai park and Houhai.
David P
Vancouver, Canada
National Center for the Performing Arts Performance Schedule (4 Replies)
I am traveling to Beijing in April and am interested in seeing a western opera at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. My searches of the website, both English and Chinese (with help) don't show any performances more than a month in advance. I would like to plan my trip around the performance schedule. Are the performances posted more than a month in advance? Where can the schedules be found? Are there any other venues in Beijing that produce Western Opera?
October 25, 2014|
Response fromkvchinaa|
Too bad you're not coming late January. "Aida" is being presented with Zubin Mehta conducting. But Beijing weather in April is much better for everything else, for sure!