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“A Great Chinese Experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lao She Teahouse

Lao She Teahouse
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$79.00*
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Private Tour: Tiananmen Area Night Walk with Lao She Teahouse Show
Ranked #171 of 1,603 things to do in Beijing
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Owner description: Peking Opera
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Beijing, China
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Great Chinese Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

In a spur-of-a-moment decision, my friends and I decided to go to Lao She Teahouse around 5pm earlier today. We looked at the pamphlet showing there are 2 restaurants. One on the 2nd floor of the teahouse and another on the first. Because we're all poor college students, we decided to go to the restaurant on the 1st floor.

It was empty because we entered at a down time. But we each ordered a cup of tea (ranges from 38-100 RMB per cup, but each cup has tea leaves & you can add hot water as often as you want). We then ordered some small snacks and then decided we'd stay there for dinner because the dishes weren't outrageously expensive and we wanted to stay for the free performances at 6:30pm.

We ended up ordering TONS of food (including Peking duck & duck soup) and the performances were amazing (traditional puppet show & musicians playing Chinese folk music)! The bill ended up being ~100 RMB between the 4 of us and though we've all been in Beijing for months, it was one of the most genuine cultural experiences we've had here so far.

Visited August 2011
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“Great overall impression of Chinese culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2011

Quite expensive (180-380 RMB) night show of 1h30min. But a very good introduction to the Chinese culture of different art forms (acrobatics, Beijing opera, Sichaun opera, tea ceremony demonstration (on the stage) etc.) and a very good Chinese tea during all the show and snacks. Worth the money if not seated at the very end. Good tickets for 220 RMB.

Visited March 2011
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Gold Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Entertainment for the cattle class”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2011

A good introduction to the Chinese arts as it includes a little of everything (a bit of singing, a bit of kung fu, a bit of acrobats etc). However, the teahouse is unbelievably crowded and hot. It is difficult to concentrate as the waiters are constantly passing through to deliver drinks and sell candied-apples (!!). The imperial Beijing snacks are also underwhelming.

Visited February 2011
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Bracknell, Berkshire, UK
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“Terrible terrible place, what a waste of money!!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2011

During our visit to Beijing in December 2010 which we very much enjoyed we made the only mistake of the visit by visiting this Teahouse to see some `traditional Beijing Opera` on the recommendation of the tourist office.

After being given a pot of mediocre tea (which was just topped up with hot water over the next hour or so) and some very strange snacks we were subjected to a truley awful hour of caberet acts. This included some OK vase juggling, some terrible mimes/sound effect acts and a bizzare experience of Beijing opera - Which consisted of a man dressed as a woman (with a white painted face) litterally screetching at the top of his voice about his mother and a sea cucumber (English translation provided on a screen) for well over 20mins.

The whole experience might have been funny - had been someone else who had paid £80 for two tickets.

DO NOT GO HERE!!!!

Visited December 2010
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“Lousy Lao She!!! Stay Away!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2009

In my search for the Peking Opera I came across the famed Lao She Teahouse. I was taken in by their professional website and reccomendation by the Lonely Planet.

I paid Y280 (prices range from 380 - 180) to watch a motley collection of hapless performers: a magician, vocal mimes, a comedy act and a bit of Peking Opera thrown in just to keep things "authentic".

They sell themselves as an institution with pictures of famous statesmen enjoying the tea and opera. Those days are long gone along with the talent that attracted such people. Instead the place is packed with tour groups and clueless foreigners sipping insipid tea and watching mediocre "artists". I looked around me and noticed some people were just as puzzled as I was. I felt like screeming: "the Emperor has no clothes!!!" instead I gathered my things and walked out.

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