National Centre for the Performing Arts

Address: 2 Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
Telephone: +86 10 6655 0000

- Expensive


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.

Value for money

Price advice

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

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Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Special occasions
  • Design and architecture