If you are looking for ideal evening entertainments in China, there are several leading shows you should never miss.
Beijing Opera Show: Beijing Opera, mostly known as Peking Opera, is a purely Chinese Opera form, which dates back to the year 1790. That year, four local opera troupes of Anhui Province came to Beijing on a performance tour on the order of the imperial court.
The 1.5 hour Peking Opera is full of Chinese cultural facts, the opera presents to the audience an encyclopedia of Chinese culture as well as unfolding stories, beautiful paintings, exquisite costumes, graceful gestures and acrobatic fighting.
The costumes in Peking opera are graceful, magnificent, elegant and brilliant, most of which are made in handicraft embroidery. As the traditional Chinese patterns are adopted, the costumes are of a high aesthetic value.
Lucky customer can have chance to see the makes-up before the performance starts. In Peking Opera, the colors of the faces represent different characters and personality. For example:
" Yellow and white represent cunning
" Red stands for uprightness and loyalty
" Black means valor and wisdom
" Blue and green indicate the vigorous and enterprising character of rebellious heroes
" Gold and silver represent mystic or super-natural power.
Beijing Kung Fu Show: This newly-produced show is put on in the Red Theater located on the east of Tiantan Hotel in Xing Fu street, Chongwen. The theatre has collected a group of the best Kung Fu practitioners in China and invited the best directors and designers of the country. After seeing that, visitors will be really excited about that and eagerly to practice.
The Legend of Kung Fu follows the story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. On the road to enlightenment the young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations.
The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak and the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular.
Portman Acrobatic Show in Shanghai: Chinese Acrobatics is a traditional performance of art with a long history. In broad sense, acrobatics is a general designation of various exceeding skills. It used to be called Zaji or Zajiyue. Chinese Acrobatics has by now developed such artistic features as follows: It emphasizes training on waist and legs. Performers of acrobatics illustrate the harmonious beauty of human body when performing to the public. In Portman Acrobatic Show, you will enjoy many wonderful and stunning programs such as hoop diving, the plates spinning, silk suspending, leg and foot juggle, rolling cups & contortion, poles climb, bungee jump, rolling hoops dives, trapeze, bicycle feasts, and so many more. You will truly have an unforgettable experience of your life.
Third Sister Liu Impression in Yangshuo: Natural theatre is located at the joining point of Lijiang River and Tianjia River. This 65 minutes performance regards the Impression Sanjie Liu as the general theme, and creatively combines the classical Sanjie Liu's songs, ethnic groups' culture and the fishing lights together, to reflect the harmonious atmosphere between human beings and the nature. All performers are local, mostly from Zhuang and Yao background and more than 600 people play on the performance. It has the biggest natural stage in the world and is built in the Li River, which stretches for 2 kilometer's long with 12 mountain peaks as its background. It is the first of its kind in the world. You will be amazed and feel lucky to have a dry weather to have a chance to see such spectacular outdoors show.
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