Beijing Art| 4 min read

Art in China varied throughout its ancient history, divided into periods by the ruling dynasties of China and changing technology. Different forms of art have been influenced by great philosophers, teachers, religious figures and even political leaders.

During the Cultural Revolution in 1966 with the concept of Four Olds (old ideas, old culture, old customs, old habits), the Communist Party of China set very loose guidelines in terms of classifying what was “old”, and anything that existed before 1949 was subject to being destroyed, including examples of centuries-old traditional arts.

As you can see, during China’s long and various history, Chinese Arts has developed in diversity and richness. As the cultural centre of China, Beijing will show you its great history, beauty, magnificence, uniqueness, tradition, and treasures.
Chinese art encompasses fine arts, folk arts, and performing arts.

Beijing Art

Beijing is the cradle of great performances: Beijing Opera, acrobatics, kung-fu, cross-talk, story-telling, comic dialogue (Xiangsheng), dragon dance, folk dances etc. Beijing Opera is the quintessence of Chinese culture. It combines singing, dancing, music, art and literature, which endears itself to people home and overseas.

Chinese acrobatics has won many awards at an international level and has amazed audiences throughout the world. In a cross-talk, performers use different ways to make you laugh. They may tell jokes, imitate, show stunts or sing in exaggerated ways. It is so comical that audiences can’t help laughing. Story-telling (Pingshu) is deeply loved by local people. As a common practice, the teller has a paper fan in one hand and stands behind a table that has a block on it. The block is used to call listeners’ attention when he comes to the showdown of the story. With particular cadence and actions, it is quite interesting.

Visual Arts of China make Chinese traditional culture a true beauty and a charm. Traditional Chinese Painting, Calligraphy, Porcelain Pottery and Embroidery, Chop Engraving are great treasures of the Chinese civilization as they date far back into history and are still a great part of Chinese society today. The beauty and the uniqueness of Macramé and Paper Cutting set a new standard for folk and visual arts, like no other.

For those interested in contemporary Chinese art, 798 Art Zone is highly recommended. Located in the northeast suburb of Beijing, this area was previously inhabited by factory plants but has now become a haven for artists from home and even abroad. Artists gather here to open galleries, art studios and cafes, and hold all kinds of art events, making the area the most resounding name in the artistic circle. You can kill a couple of hours reading books or just chatting with friends in the leisurely and artistic cafes.

Theatres and Concert Halls

Following are some recommended theatres and concert halls:

National Centre for the Performing Arts
Location: No.2, West Chang’an Street, Xicheng District
Tel: 010-66550000
Feature: Opera, Music and Theater performances

Huguang Huiguan Theater
Location: No.3, Hufang Lu, Xuanwu District
Tel: 010-63529134
Feature: Beijing Opera

Liyuan Theater
Location: 1/F, Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, No.175, Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu District
Tel: 010-63016688-8860
Feature: Beijing Opera

Laoshe Teahouse
Location: No.3, Qianmen Xidajie, near the Tiananmen Square
Tel: 010-63036830
Feature: Beijing Opera, acrobatics, cross-talk, Beijing folk music

Zhengyici Theater
Location: No.220, Xiheyan Dajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010-63036233
Feature: Beijing Opera
Chang’an Grand Theater

Location: No.7, Dongchangan Jie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010-65101309 65101310
Feature: Beijing Opera

Capital Theater
Location: No.22, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010-65249847
Feature: Chinese drama

Tianqiao Theater
Location: No 30, Beiwei Lu, Xuanwu District
Tel: 010-83156356
Feature: opera, ballet

Poly Theater
Location: No.14, Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010-65001188-5621
Feature: opera, ballet, symphony, musical play

China Puppet Theater
Location: No. Jia 1, Anhua Xili, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-64243698
Feature: puppet show

China National Children’s Art Theater
Location: No. 64, Anhua Xili, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-65129688 010-65129689
Feature: performance designed for children

Beijing Concert Hall
Location: No.1, Beixinhua Jie, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-66057006
Feature: concert

Jinfan Concert Hall
Location: No.24, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010-65250615
Feature: concert


Rachel Yoon

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