National Center for the Performing Arts

Attraction No.2 Xichang'an Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100031, China Published on: 08-08-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Must see
4.42 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
National Centre for the Performing Arts is a multi-functional center in the heart of Beijing. It looks like an egg floating on water from the air.

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Why National Center for the Performing Arts is special ?

The National Grand Theatre, also known as Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts (Chinese Name : 国家大剧院), surround by artificial lake, the spectacular glass and the titanium egg-shaped Opera House, designed by French architect Paul Andreu.

The National Grand Theatre includes the main building (containing three performing venues: the Opera House, the Concert Hall, the Theater), the underwater corridors, the underground garage, the artificial lake and the green space. Now The National Grand Theatre is believed to be the deepest architecture in Beijing (the deepest place of the center is -32.5 meters, equivalent to the height of a 10-floor building.). It presents a sharp contrast to its surroundings with its oval exterior, which makes it very eye-catching.


What to explore at National Center for the Performing Arts?

Arts Exhibition

Objects, pictures, models and diverse perspectives are catered for a more comprehensive interpretation of different kinds of arts; touch screens, LCD TVs, animation, video and other modern means are meant to promote in-depth communication between art and people in a more sensual and vivid way. Here we have an oil station to empower the public with basic know-how and help them find more excitement in their lives rather than merely an exhibition.

Exhibition Halls, North Underwater Corridor

The East and West Exhibition Halls, with an area of 1,200 square meters each, are located on both sides of the north underwater corridor. The nearly closed art space in the heart of the city creates a rare quiet corner where visitors can leisurely appreciate the joys and sorrows on the stage.

Art Gallery

Modern Art Museum is the largest exhibition hall in the Centre and is located at the top of the south side of the Opera House. Since August 2008, 'Shoushan Stone Carving Exhibition', 'Exhibition Commemorating the Art Achievement in the Thirtieth Anniversary of Reform and Opening-up', 'Anniversary Exhibition of the NCPA" have been held. Today, the regular exhibition – 'Marvel Blooms Here - Arts Achievement Exhibition of the NCPA' - reveals the growing path of the NCPA in the last two years through detailed statistics, pictures and objects.

Ring Corridor, Opera House

On the ground floor of the north side of the Opera House, a metal net built around seems to be a natural barrier to block the noise from the public hall and also builds a unique space and a natural exhibition platform. Along the ring corridor, the bronze doors by the east and west end tailor this arc of vision in vigorous harmony; the net in the north covered with twisting texture echoes well with the silver decorative aluminum pattern of bluegrass on the red wall on the south; wall lamps embedded on each wall lighten the corridor through the dotted glass decorations, leaving the marble floor of night rose in even deeper serenity.

Art Exhibition Room

Arts Exhibition Room, located in the southwest side of F 1 of the Opera House, has an area of 100 square meters. It mainly displays intangible cultural heritages of China, while excellent works of visual art are also presented. Piyingxi (leather-silhouette show) interpreting the ancient and modern through shadows, dancing ceramic figurines of the Tang Dynasty that date back glamorous style of the Han and Tang Dynasties, silk figure that is full of "Beijing Flavor" and merry "point color paper-cut" from Weixian County of Hebei province... the Chinese folk art treasure displays are continuing to arouse the awareness of the whole society to the protection of the intangible cultural heritages and further promote the development of our folklore culture. Oversea exhibitions such as "Haydn's Life of Music" have also become an important channel for cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.


How to get to National Center for the Performing Arts?

Subway: Subway Line 1: get off at Tiananmen West Station and get out of the station from Exit C (southwest exit). There is an underground passageway to the theater directly.

Bus Route:

Bus 99, Zhuan 2, 90, 52, 1, 10, 728, Zhuan 1, 22, 205, 5 to Tiananmen West Station

Bus 5 to Nan Chang Jie Station

Bus 10, 22 to Shi Bei Hu Tong Station


Selling points

  • A multi-function centre
  • The unique shell shape
  • An egg floating on water from the air
  • Symphony and national music
  • National and international operas
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No.2 Xichang'an Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100031, China

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  • It's convenient to get to via public transportation
  • Worth stopping here to take a picture outside or entering the center with a small fee
    Things to do
  • There is a small cafe offering a decent variety of snacks and drinks along with shop souvenir shops.
    Things to do
  • You should bring plenty of cash in case this theater does not accept Credit Card.
    What to bring
  • Performances can be quite expensive during the peak seasons so you should book in advance(4 months).
  • If you don't want to pay to go inside, you can still walk around the outside, by the lake, and through the park for nice views of "the egg"
  • You should visit the official website to get more information.
  • They close on Monday
  • If you attend a show, give yourself plenty of time to find the theater
  • The best time is to visit is at dusk, with the golden light beautifully reflected on the glass structure.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • It's a short walk from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
    Things nearby
  • Tickets for performances are lower than US equivalent
    Ticket and Pricing
  • The views from inside are perfect!


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Lovely "egg" building! In order to enter, you have to walk underground and resurface in the building. The grand hall is beautiful and the acoustics are delightful.

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I recently had a 5 night stay in Beijing and planned a few things I wanted to see. It is a really interesting city and I aimed for the more usual tourist areas (Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Olympic area, etc). Due to being unable to get into the Olympic area on my first attempt (the day before the Beijing Marathon and there was some preparation happening) I ended up at Tienanmen Square. Being a Saturday, it was packed. I don't know if everyday is as bad, but it is worth avoiding and try a mid-week time. One thing that I didn't know about was that I planned to visit the Performing Arts Centre and the Great Hall of the People on the Monday. Bad news. It would seem that many of the public buildings are closed on Mondays. These two were and I heard from another person I met that another of the more interesting public buildings that they visited (I forget which one) was also closed, so check that in your plans. One thing that everyone should do, is visit the Great Wall. I took a tour group to Mutian Valley and, apart from the pushy little tour guide who wanted to lead us to the cable car rather than the chair lift because that's where they were getting their cut, the wall itself is spectacular. It is very steep once you are walking on it, but the cable car makes it very accessible to get up to and down from the wall itself. However, the walk up to the cable car from the bus is also pretty steep. A good bit of advice - if you are waiting for a taxi at Beijing Airport, there are maps available at the point where you are nearly through the line. Grab one and use that map for the city. It has all the subway lines and that makes it very easy to get around. The subway is great. Fast, cheap and easy. Buy a Metro Card for 20 Yuan (that's a deposit) and put another 20 on it. Every trip is only 2 Yuan, no matter how far you travel. You could spend hours on clogged roads in a taxi, or be across town in 15 mins on the subway. One more bit of advice, beware of the touters who want to walk with you and improve their English, or to take their photo. I tried speaking German with one, and she even know that language. They are very good! They really only want to take your money. They are very good at what they do and usually operate in pairs (2 girls or a guy and a girl, from my experience). They will engage you and before you know it, you are being sucked into something you didn't want to do. I had my first one before I had even left Tienanmen East subway and 3 more approaches that afternoon. Just say no, you don't want their company and keep walking. They can spoil your day. I was ready for them, but if you're not, they can be very engaging. You have been warned!

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