National Centre for the Performing Arts

Price guide: Expensive

2 Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Expensive

NCPA side view
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#16 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Live entertainment, Special occasions

Expert review of National Centre for the Performing Arts

Space-age architecture meets opera, ballet and Chinese performing arts at this theatre complex.

Resting beside Tiananmen Square like a wayward UFO, this gleaming egg of titanium and glass held its inaugural concert in 2007. A controversial structure (but one that, for me, gels amicably with its squat, sprawling surrounds), its three halls regularly play host to world class visiting orchestras, ballet troupes and opera companies. Surrounded by landscaped gardens and water features, the NCPA is worth a photo stop even if you don’t plan to catch a show.

Price advice: 

Tickets start at about RMB 200, but for the best seats expect to pay RMB 2000 or more.

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More information on National Centre for the Performing Arts:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Landmark / monument, Theatre / opera house / concert hall
2 Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing
+86 10 6655 0000
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Performances begin from 7pm

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