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Beijing Opera, Entertainment

Beijing offers a wide variety of entertainment. Visitors can enjoy the traditional Chinese performances of Beijing Opera, Chinese Drama and acrobatics staged at theaters and teahouses or stop off a private Karaoke TV room to sing, or at a bar for a drink. For those who prefer more active pursuits, Yoga, bungee-jumping and rock-climbing are also available.

 Monthly Activities
There are all kinds of activities each month, including opera, Chinese traditional acrobatics, folk arts, magic, puppet show, dance, concert, drama and sports. Here we have selected some of the activities as well as their location (theaters), time, and ticket prices for your references.

Beijing Opera, Chinese Drama, Pingshu, acrobatics, and concert are on nearly every day, and some theatres and concert halls are especially for those performances. The local people are fond of Peking Opera, Pingshu (Story-telling), and cross-talk shows, which are now more and more loved by foreigners. 

 Karaoke TV
Karaoke TV is very popular among the Chinese, especially young people. It is quite common to see some young people go to the Karaoke TV rooms to sing songs. Maybe some of the pop stars had done a lot of practice in the Karaoke TV rooms.

Chinese people have the habit of drinking tea, and tea has already become a part of Chinese culture. Drinking tea in the teahouses is also a good time to chat with friends and enjoy the folk shows. In addition, some teahouses sell tea wares and have tea ceremony performance. 

There are many fitness centers, Yoga and training classes in Beijing, and some of them have advanced facilities and qualified instructors, but not all of them provide English service.

Bars and night clubs are mostly distributed in Sanlitun Bar Street and Shichahai Hutong. Both local people and foreigner love these bars, as they provide good places for friends to get-together and spending leisure time after work.

For the sport-lovers living in Beijing, sports centers, clubs, stadiums are categorized according to the different districts they belong to. Most of the clubs can meet your needs of various sports, such as badminton, fitness, golf, ping-pong, rock-climbing, skating, skiing, and tennis.

Recommended Beijing Tour Itineraries:
Beijing One-Day Tours: 5 itineraries for you to choose.
Beijing Two-Day Tours: 2 itineraries to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, etc.
4-Day Beijing Travel: to the most popular attractions in the city.

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Comments and Questions

I´ll stay couple of days in Beijing, Chongdeng District. Does anyone knows a gym with free-weights, which offers a daily membership in this district, where I can work-out for some times? Can be also a hotel or something.

Reply8/15/2014 9:45:25 AMMichael,   Germany

Adele ( Canada ) :8/17/2014 3:31:38 AM

But as I know, there is no a Chongdeng District in the city. Would you clarify your location first?

Looking for information on performing in Beijing as Santa Claus 2013

Reply4/19/2013 10:31:13 AMjim,   China

i,m a jazz entertainer,would love to perform in Beijing,however i need information and contacts. thank you very kindly,Aishah B.Striggles.p.s i,ll be happy to send you a press pagage ASP

Reply9/27/2010 2:53:00 PMAishah B. Striggles,   United States

Ian ( Australia ) :1/15/2012 12:51:49 AM

Hi Aishah - I'm a jazz guiatr player - coming to Beijing in March - what instrument do you play?

i'll be coming to beijing 23-26dec. what are the night activities i can do?

Reply12/20/2011 7:16:39 PMerra

Emily :12/21/2011 5:25:09 PM

Hi erra,
there will be all kinds of shows, concerts, operas in theatres. you can find many beijing activities at:
or there must be carnivals or some celebrations at pubs or bars, and you can find many bars in Houhai.

i am a P.G.A. golf professional with 30 years teaching experience who will be moving to beijing in May. is there anybody looking for private tuition?

Reply2/25/2011 8:16:00 AMjohn coyle,   Ireland

i want to go to the KTV, which is close to the Beijing Jiaotong University?

Reply11/27/2010 9:43:00 PMJimmy,   Australia

Yoyo :11/28/2010 9:05:00 PM

there are several to the south of the university, you can just walk there.
there are also some near the west gate of the campus.

The Shangri-la Carry Center should have massage service, or you want some place more professional?

Reply3/16/2009 9:35:00 PMShen Long,   China

Im staying in beijing shangri- la carry center,which plase is very good for massage?

Reply3/16/2009 12:13:00 AMMathy,   Singapore