Sometimes in China you have quite some difficulties with choosing which performance to go and see. The abundance is not just in theatres, but in the variety of acts. But as always, we recommend something that has educational value in it too. And such is, the magical performing arts of Peking Opera.
This style of venue in Beijing, also has various theaters. Previously we did a review on Liyuan Theatre, which while is one of our favorites.. every theatre has their own style, for which you cannot say that one is best or better than the other. Most of the time, they are all worth it. How can you be mistaken in one of the oldest forms of art in the whole of China!
Just recetly, we ventured into another wonderful Peking Opera Theatre venue in the heart of Xuanwu District which of course, is no longer called that.. since the days opera first started blooming there. Now called the Xicheng District this area boasts several such magnificent buildings that are simply overflowing with non other than, culture! These beautiful performances, of the art of peking opera are not only entertaining, but they take you on a journey. Filled with culture and exitement!
This time our recommendation is what is known as Huguang Guild Hall. This venue is different in that it is more concentrated on dancing and singing. They are not trying to please the audience too hard, but want to bring out stuff that is popular amongst real fans of the art. For that reason it is not for everyone, the casual tourist who wants to see an acrobatic show. It is for those, who are interested in learning the true faces of such performance. Here the play is surely at it's most authentic.