Another Highlight of Peking Opera—Costume

09.18.13

Another Highlight of Peking Opera—CostumeNowadays, as Opera show has gone world-wide, it has become a must-see in Beijing for the tourists. Apart from the featured facial make-ups, Opera show has another highlight—the costume. Now let’s get close up to it.

The costume style in Opera show is based on Ming style of both court and civil people. Contrasting colors are matched frequently in deep red, deep green, white, black, yellow and blue, and many embroideries were done with gold, silver and colored threads. Respective styles are also designed for kinds of roles in different ages, statues and occupations. Due to the scarcity of props in Opera show, costume takes on added significance. Costume originally serves to distinguish the rank of the character being played. During the Opera show, you would notice that the emperor and his family always wear yellow robes, and high ranking officials wear purple. The robe worn by these two characters is usually called python robe. It is a costume suitable for the high rank of the character, featuring brilliant colors and rich embroidery, often with the design of a dragon. As far as Opera show is concerned, characters of high rank or virtue wear red, lower ranking officials wear blue, young characters wear white; the old wear white, brown, or olive, and all other men wear black.

During the Opera show, you may also find that on formal occasions, lower officials always wear the kuan yi, a simple gown with patches of embroidery on both the front and back. All other characters, and officials on informal occasions, wear the chezi, a basic gown with varying levels of embroidery and no jade girdle to denote rank. If you pay particular attention to the Opera show, you may notice that all three types of gowns have water sleeves, long flowing sleeves that can be flicked and waved like water. It’s said that these sleeves are waved or flicked to denote emotion or mood. Tertiary characters of no rank wear simple clothing without embroidery. Hats of the Opera show tend to blend in with the rest of the costume and are usually matched with embroidery. Shoes may be high or low soled, the former worn by characters of high rank, and the latter by characters of low rank or acrobatic characters.

Nowadays, the magnificent costumes in Opera show have enjoyed an equal popularity with the colorful facial make-ups. They have even influenced the fashion industry.

The Amazing Facial Masks

09.10.13

The Amazing Facial MasksNowadays, Peking Opera show has enjoyed a high prestige in the world. It has become a must-see at night among the tourists in Beijing. In China, Opera show enjoys a long history as a traditional Chinese art.

At the mention of Opera show, the most impressive is no other than the facial masks. The facial mask is a little bit different from the common mask. It’s more like a type of facial make-up. During the Opera show, every character has its own facial pattern and color. The facial mask is used to highlight the personalities of the characters, thus making it easier for the audience to understand the plot. Facial Mask came into being not as a result of imagination but the joint efforts of the artists. Nowadays, Facial Mask has become a sophisticated artistic system. Opera show Facial Mask features freehand and exaggeration. The performers usually paint their eyebrows with some bat or butterfly patterns to depict the facial expressions. Different mood has a different pattern combination. In addition, the wrinkles around the eyes are used to tell the ages of the characters while the wrinkles on the forehead symbolize the personality. The Facial Mask of Opera show is a special native make-up technique or skill. Almost every historical character has its own score, just like music and singing. According to legends, Facial Mask is believed to derive from fake masks. Based different personality or type of the characters, the Facial Mask of Opera show is usually painted with different colors. For example, the red means loyalty and bravery, black integrity and impetuosity, yellow cruelty, white trickery and so on. The Facial Mask of Opera show has three types of make-up techniques, including rubbing face, painting face and printing face. Facial Mask is at first used to magnify the facial expressions to depict the features in personality and mind. It serves to make the plot go smooth. To this day, it has become a native pattern art which focuses on face.

Nowadays, Facial Mask has become an important part of Opera show. Peking Opera wouldn’t enjoy a world-wide reputation without the Facial Mask. As a traditional art, Facial Mask has played an active part in spreading Chinese cultures and promoting Peking Opera. In the future, it will be getting more and more popular. For more information about Opera show, visit our website and contact us anytime of the day.

To Enjoy A Genuine Opera Show in Beijing

09.02.13

To Enjoy A Genuine Beijing Opera ShowHave you ever heard of Peking Opera, the most famous Chinese arts? If you haven’t, then you definitely should pay a visit to Beijing to see the Opera show during nighttime. On this tour, you can also enjoy a nice and pleasant Beijing day tour to visit some famous places of interest in Beijing. I bet these Beijing tours will be totally worth your while.
Opera show has long enjoyed a high prestige and a long history in China. On this Beijing night tour, you are free to feast your eyes on the splendid Peking Opera and immerse in its cultural vibes. During the Opera show, if you pay particular attention, you may easily find that there are about four artistic techniques applied in Peking Opera, including singing, dialogue, acting and acrobatic combat. Singing is pretty much self-evident while the dialogue is usually mixed with music. Singing and dialogue combine to make up the song, one of the basic elements concerning Opera show. Acting is kind of like dancing moves and acrobatic combat is a combination of martial arts and acrobatics. Similarly, acting and acrobatic combat make up the dance, another element of Opera show. As for the performers, they all started to learn this art from a very young age. On stage, maybe they only perform for a few minutes but off stage they have practiced for like a thousand times. During their training,  they will learn all of the techniques and skills concerning the Opera show. Till later times, some of them may be particularly good at singing, some at acting and some at acrobatic combat.
Moreover, I bet the first impression the Opera show leaves you is no other than those amazing facial masks. They are nothing like the common masks that you are pretty familiar with. They are actually painted on the performers’ faces. It’s a little bit more like a kind of make-up. During the Opera show, you will see a wide variety of facial masks painted with different colors. Every color reveals the personality, role and fate of the character, like red symbolizing bravery, silver and gold representing myth or supernatural powers and so on. They play a key role in helping the audience to understand the ploy better during the Opera show. It’s said that the facial masks derive from the ancient religion and dancing masks.
Have you felt tempted by the mysterious Opera show? Then wait no more! Come join us.

1 Day Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Olympic Stadium Bus Tour

03.29.13

Enjoy the culture and art heritage of Opera Show in Beijing night. When the day time, visitors could join our best trip visit Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Olympic Stadium. Here some tour details that you should know:

1 Day Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Olympic Stadium

1 Day Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Olympic StadiumPrice From: US$ 20( 128 CNY )

Departure: Daily
Tour Duration: about 8 hours
Hiking Area: East Badaling section (4-6 towers)
Cable car: Optional (80 RMB / US$ 14 round way)
Pick-up place and time: Your City Center Hotel between 7:00am and 8:30am
Finishing place and time: Your City Center Hotel around 6:00pm
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Tour Guide Language: English
Feature: One day short group tour to one section of the Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs and the Olympic Stadium, enjoy the world most famous attractions to in-depth experience the beauty of Beijing!

Traveler’s review:

This one day Beijing bus tour was very meaningful for me. I visited many representative tourist attractions in Beijing includes Great Wall, Ming Tombs and the Olympic area with my family. The tour was very organized and gives us the unforgettable memories during vacation. Our tour guide really helped us during the tour. She is a very polite and nice person. During the tour, she patiently told us about the history and story in each place that we visit. We really appreciate this tour. Thank you.

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Beijing Qianmen Hotel – Ideal Place, Easy Reach Liyuan Theater

03.18.13

Beijing Qianmen HotelHave you heard about Beijing night show which popular among the locals and foreign visitors? Among many famous Beijing night show, here is one of the most authentic and unique one called Opera Show. Peking Opera Show will perform each day in Liyuan Theater. If you are a foreigner then you should not worry, because in Liyuan Theater, Opera Show will provide the English subtitles during the show. When you come to Beijing then you must prepare the hotel where you can stay right? Have you heard about Beijing Qianmen Hotel? Beijing Qianmen Hotel is one nice hotel where located Liyuan Theater, the place where perform Opera Show each day. Stay in Beijing Qianmen Hotel, visitors can get the easy access to watch Opera Show at night.

Beijing Qianmen Hotel is a 4 star hotel where located close to Tiantan Park, National Center for the Performing Arts, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Dashilan, Liulichang street etc. The hotel provide 440 hotel guest rooms including standard room, business suite, luxurious suite, family suite, VIP standard room, VIP suite, single room, three people room and president room. In each guest room will equipped with many room facilities such as, air-conditioning, color TV, refrigerator, radio, mini bar, slipper, electric kettle, hair dryer, in room safe, etc. all of room facilities will make your stay more comfortable same as when you are at home.

When night come, from Beijing Qianmen Hotel, guests will convenient to reach Liyuan Theater to directly see the Opera Show. Not only located in the strategic area, Beijing Qianmen Hotel is also provide a lot of hotel facilities such as, restaurants, bars, sauna, ticketing, laundry, business center, money exchange, beauty salon, conference facilities, shopping center, lobby bar, etc. Guests of Beijing Qianmen Hotel will have a relax time with many facilities that hotel offer. Not only the hotel good services, visitors will also get an easy way to see Opera Show in Liyuan Theater. So what are you waiting for? Would you like to see Opera Show and have a great stay in Beijing? You can make Beijing Qianmen Hotel as one of your option. When you come to Beijing, don’t ever miss Beijing Opera Show which performs daily in Liyuan Theater in Beijing Qianmen Hotel. After see Opera Show, you can just reach Beijing Qianmen Hotel easily and get prepare to enjoy many hotel facilities inside. Welcome to Beijing and enjoy your vacation!

The Great Wall & Ming Tombs

03.08.13

Opera show is one of the wonderful night shows in Beijing, becomes the usual leisure way for local people, and more and more foreign tourists like this kind of Chinese traditional culture. Before the attractive night show, the trip in day is also the key point for the Beijing trip.

Great WallThe Great Wall is the must-see in China as the symbol of Beijing and China. Listed into the World wonder for ancient world, the Great Wall attracts the lots of visitors from home and abroad to visit it. The Wall was firstly built in Spring and Autumn Dynasty to protect their territory from the invasion of nomads of the north as the huge military project, and then almost every dynasty would build their Wall, and the existing Great Wall was mainly built in Ming Dynasty which is the dynasty built the longest Great Wall. Now, the Great Wall is famous all over the world as the complete tourist service, grand momentum and the profound history and culture. According to the statistic, the Ming Great Wall is totally 8851.8 kilometers in length and the Wall built in history is totally 21196.18 kilometers. The Great Wall is the grand wonder created by the talent Chinese ancient people, is listed into the World Cultural Heritage in 1987.

Ming TombClose to the Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tomb is also situated in Changping County, is the cluster of imperial cemeteries in Ming Dynasty, since the third emperor of Ming Dynasty moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing until the death of last emperor of Ming Dynaty, there are totally 13 emperors buried here, what’s more, twenty-three empresses and one highest-ranking imperial concubine were entombed here. Ming Tomb is the largest cluster of imperial cemeteries in China. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures. Until now, the opened tombs are the Changling, Dingling, Zhaoling and Sacred Road. And the Changling is the largest tomb, and the Dingling is the only one tomb allowed to visit its underground palace. And the Sacred Road is the main and important road to every tomb and directly to the Changling.

Related Routes:

Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs Day Tour from US$ 58/pax

Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Olympic Stadium Day Tour from US$ 46/pax

1 Day Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Olympic Stadium for US$ 20/pax

1 Day Bus Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Olympic Stadium for US$ 30/pax

Theaters for Peking Opera

02.19.13

Meilanfang Grand TheaterFor tourists in Beijing, you will visit the most famous and representative attractions of Beijing in day time to know about the culture and history of Beijing, and also there is another way to understand the culture of Beijing, which is Peking Opera. Peking Opera is traditional performance in China. Through various stories happened in history, the Peking Opera expresses them to audience by singing, dance and motions. From generation to generation, Peking Opera caved in hearts of Beijingners. Now, there are several theaters in Beijing are most suited for enjoying the Peking Opera, like Meilanfang Grand Theater, Liyuan Threater, Capital Theater.

Capital Theater sits at flouring Wangfujing Street, is a professional theater which belongs to Beijing People’s Art Theater. It is the first theater to playing drama and used to perform large performance, Opera and movie at same time. It takes example by the architectural style of Europe and Russia and shows the perfect combination of oriental and western architectural art, give audiences the feeling of solemn and elegance. In theater, it has strong feelings of Central Asia style in Tashigan Theater. The plane and external form of Capital Theater are similar to Tashigan Theater, but it shows the traditional characters of China in architecture and decoration. Here, you can enjoy the Peking Opera comfortably.

Meilanfang Grand Theater is named after the great professor in Peking Opera field – Mei Lanfang, located at golden area of Beijing. It is the ideal choice to enjoy the Peking Opera show with combination of modern art and traditional art, belongs to the national opera theater. Covering an area of 13,000 square meters, Meilanfang Grand Theater has many performance functions for opera show like performance, exhibition, conference, and acoustic transcribe. With 1008 seats, it offers comfortable environment and considerate service to audiences and let you have satisfied enjoyment in it. According to the various needs of audiences, it is divided into three floors with different levels offering.

Liyuan Theater is the first theater in tea house style, gets the name of Best Night Stage in Beijing. It is composed of play hall, fairs and sales hall and exhibition hall. Around the auditorium, there are eight large scale Peking opera facial makeup and 14 Peking opera figures colored drawing screens. You have great chance to know the development of Peking Opera more than 200 years.

Related Routes:

Night Show Bus Tour: Peking Opera Show from US$ 30

Night Tour: Peking Duck Dinner, Peking Opera Show from US$ 47

3 Day Beijing Tour Package A (with hotel) from US$ 227/pax

3 Day Beijing Tour Package B (with hotel) from US$ 235/pax

Peking Opera Show

01.16.13

Peking Opera Show

Night Show Bus Tour: Kung Fu Show from US$ 30

Night Show Bus Tour: Acrobatics Show from US$ 30

Night Show Bus Tour: Peking Opera Show from US$ 30

Night Tour: Peking Duck Dinner, Peking Opera Show from US$ 47

Peking Opera is a traditional art form, is the most welcomed program in ancient China. In that time, only wealthy can hire a group of Peking opera to their home to perform the classic opera show. Over 200 years, Peking opera has been planted into the heart and mind of old people, is a comprehensive performing art that aesthetically combines music, singing, dialogue, pantomime, acrobatics and martial arts. All of these skills are expected to be performed effortlessly, in keeping with the spirit of the art form. Stylized footwork, gestures, and various kinds of body movements portray and symbolize actions such as opening a door, climbing a hill, going upstairs, or rowing a boat. The most interesting thing in Peking opera show if you cannot understand what they are singing is the vivid face makeup which fascinates foreigners watching Peking Opera. Actually this face painting is not done for the sake of beauty but rather it portrays different characters, such as red stands for loyalty and bravery, black represents powerful and wise people, yellow and white depict fierce and cunning characters. However, Peking opera show is the enjoyment in night of Beijing, even through their motions, faces and postures.

3 Day Beijing Tour Package C (without hotel)

12.10.12

This 3 days Beijing tour package leads you to enjoy the Opera Show in the evening of first day.

Opera Show

Price From: US$ 170( 1,085 CNY )

Departure: Daily
Duration: 3 days (start from about 8:00 am and back around 6:00pm)
Attraction:
Day 1 – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven;
Day 2 – Juyongguan Great Wall, Ming Tombs;
Day 3 – Hutong, Summer Palace.
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Tour Guide Language: English, other language speaking guide (French, Japanese, Spanish etc.) is available, if need, please contact us!
Feature: 3 days Private tour leads you to experience a special visit to Hutong area after seeing Imperial Palaces – Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven with the good services including English speaking guide, luxury car and driver and entrance tickets, but Hotel Except.

Review of tourists who have enjoyed this 3 days tour package:
Although a little repetitive, the Forbidden City was definitely worth the trip! It is the main attraction of Beijing and a massive series of building also known as the “walled city”. 500 years later, while visiting I could still feel the strong imperial power of ancient China. Forbidden City is my favorite tourist destination during the 3 days Beijing package tour! And also thank you very much to my tour guide for telling me so much about the history of the old city.

Detail Itinerary

4 Days Beijing Tour Package A (with hotel)

11.27.12

Opera ShowDay 1: Entry Beijing
Arrive at Beijing Airport, met & transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2: Beijing (B, L, D)
Full day trip to the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City (including the Exhibition of Treasures), and the Summer Palace. Visit a Chinese fresh water pearl shop near Summer Palace to do some shopping. It a nice place to buy a necklace or bracelet. It is a very good gift from China. Enjoy Peking Duck in the famous Quanjude Restaurant.
- Tiananmen Square: The largest public square in the world with a total area of 440,000 square meters.
- Forbidden City: The best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world.
- Summer Palace: The largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, greatly influences Chinese horticulture.

Day 3: Beijing (B, L)
Full day trip to the Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tomb and The Sacred road. One the way to Ming Tombs, we will visit a large scale jade processing factory. There is workshop for demonstration of Jade carving, the visit will help you to know the processes of Chinese jade carving and Chinese jade culture. You may also take photo in the huge Jade exhibition hall or buy some jade carving souvenir as you like. In the evening (7:15~8:30PM), enjoy the Peking Opera Show (or Chinese Acrobatic show, or Chinese Kongfu show, choose one show from these three options, depending on your interest).
- Badaling Great Wall: The most famous and best-preserved section of the Great Wall.
- Ming Tomb: Buried 13 emperors of Ming Dynasty, it is the largest clusters of imperial cemeteries in China.
- Sacred Road: Road leading to heaven is lined with 18 pairs of stone human figures and animals.

Day 4: Departure Beijing (B, L)
Pick you up from your hotel and visit theTemple of Heaven. You will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture. Transfer from to Beijing Capital Airport, see off.
- Temple of Heaven: The largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings in China.

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