There are a great variety of leisure and recreation forms in Beijing. Watching Peking Opera, enjoying the acrobatic performances, and drinking tea in a teahouse are the most preferred choices for you to experience the local culture in Beijing.
It will be a great pity if you don’t watch Peking Opera on the scene during your Beijing tour. After all, it is China’s representative theatrical art, and the painted faces of opera characters are among the most widely recognized symbols of the country.
Chang An Grand Theater, a famous old theater in Beijing, is located on the northern side of the Dong Chang’an avenue, where you can watch various kinds of theatrical performances with Peking Opera, the quintessence of Chinese culture, as the mainstay. The Huguang Guild Hall, standing in Hufangqiao, Xuanwu District, has a time-honored history and profound cultural background. Some well-known Peking Opera actors once performed in the Guild Hall, so the hall is famed as First Beijing Opera Museum.
Acrobatics has been part of Chinese arts since 2,000 years ago or so. Evolving with the time, the acrobatics has developed many famous items, such as “walking on the wire”, “ancient magic”, “plate-spinning” and “playing diabolo” etc. Exciting acrobatic performances have been deeply loved by people from all over the world. The China Acrobatics Troupe, among the best in China, performs breathtaking acrobatics at the Universal Theater. A large number of excellent Chinese acrobatic troupes gather at Chaoyang Theater to perform award-winning acrobatic items.
The teahouses in Beijing are very popular places for both Chinese and foreigners. At the Laoshe Teahouse, you can watch operas while drinking tea. The performances of folk arts at the Tianqiao Teahouse will make you fully intoxicating. The aromatic tea and fascinating operas at the teahouses in Beijing attract many people every day. The tea ceremonies at the newly founded teahouses are also highly acclaimed by the people.
Beijing also has lots of modernized recreational venues, such as concert halls, recreation and fitness centers, bars and golf courses The Bar Streets in Sanlitun and Houhai are the most characteristic. Going to a bar after a busy day will be the best way to thoroughly relax yourself.