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The Liyuan Theatre lies in the heart of Beijing's former Xicheng District located south from Tian'anmen Square. Vibrance of the area has it's roots from the old imperial city; famous for being the birthplace of Peking Opera. The facilities of the theatre are inside the historical Qianmen Jianguo Hotel which was built after the foundation of The People's Republic of China in 1956 and later renovated in 2002. The theatre has hosted classic Peking Opera performances since 1999 with it's grand opera hall that can fit up to a thousand visitors. The hall has brought up the atmosphere through design and decorations similar to old Beijing opera theaters. These decorations include walls aligned with chinese couplets and calligraphy, opera masks and Chinese folding screens.
About Liyuan Theatre
Liyuan Theatre is the most prestigious performance venue of Beijing Opera. From the traditional performance stage, the Baixian Table to the unique facial make-up, everything in the theater reflects the special feature of old Beijing. The theater has 1000 seats and is equipped with simultaneous translation equipment for English and Japanese. the theater also provides English subtitles for foreign visitors.
Situated in Beijing Qianmen Hotel, Liyuan Theatre is the most prestigious performance venue of Beijing Opera.
Before the beginning of the performance, you can enjoy the performers’ make-up on the stage and see their make-up process. besides, you can buy various souvenirs related to Beijing Opera here. Waiters and waitress in Tang suits (traditional Chinese garments) will pour tea for you through long-mouth tea pot while introduce Beijing Opera in English. your understanding of old Beijing will become an agreeable artistic enjoyment. Among those foreign leaders and officials who visited Beijing, many have left their footprints in this theater.