An obvious choice, perhaps, but the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, otherwise known affectionately as “the egg” (because of its shape) is a masterful structure made of titanium and glass, housing a plethora of world class opera, concerts and theatre.
Book a night with Tchaikovksy or Puccini, or in the spirit of travel, try something a little more exotic–One Hundred Concerts of Chinese Music, the National Ballet of China, or the China People’s Armed Police Force Symphony–all blaring declarations of sovereign China.
A little more than a decade old, the building itself is a delight of post-modern architecture, certainly worth the visit–and not only because of its unforgettable façade, but also for its plush and sophisticated interior that is a functioning symbol of China’s growing global prowess.
An added feature that makes this national treasure worthy of visitation beyond curtain-calling hours, inside are a number of lovely attractions, including a restaurant, café, gift shops, and an audiovisual shop, not to mention a number of galleries and exhibit halls.
The place is simply mammoth, the East and West Exhibition halls for example, cover an area of 1,200 square meters, housing the Beijing Opera Art and Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibitions, amongst many others.
Then there is the Modern Art Museum, the most sizable exhibition hall in the Center, complete with highlight permanent exhibitions, including one on Shoushan stone carving, and one detailing the NCPA’s history, formation and growth in society.
Located centrally next to Tiananmen Square, the center is open from Tuesday to Sunday with varying prices depending on what you would like to see.