Night Tour: Beijing Opera Show by TTC Travel
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Beijing Opera arose in the mid-19th century and was extremely popular in the Qing dynasty court. It is widely regarded as the highest expression of the Chinese.
- Departs from: Your booked hotel. (The guide will call you at your hotel the night before the tour date to inform of the pick-up time.)
- Departure times: 18:00
- Duration: 4 Hours
- Takes Place In: Beijing
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The Night Show
Beijing opera, mostly known as Peking opera, is a purely Chinese opera form which dates back to the year 1790. That year, four local opera troupes of Anhui Province came to Beijing on a performance tour on the order of the imperial court.
There are usually four main roles in the Opera, which are Sheng, Dan, Jing. Chou.
Sheng is for the male actor played as "Laosheng," who wear beards and represent old men, "Xiaosheng," who represent young men, "Wusheng," who are acrobats play military men and fighters, and "Wawasheng" who play kids. These roles usually wear no facial paintings. "Hongsheng, another category of "Sheng" whose face is painted red.
On the other hand..
Dan is the female role - formerly, the female impersonator. Same as sheng, it is divided into many categories. "Laodan" are the old ladies while "Caidan" the female comedians. "Wudan" usually play military or non-military women capable of martial arts. The most important category, "Qingyi" usually play respectable and decent ladies in elegant costumes. "Huadan" represent lively and clever young girls, usually in short costumes.
Thirdly, Jing, mostly males, is the face-painted role who represents warrior, hero, statesman, adventurer and demon.
And finally, Chou refers to clowns who are characterized by a white patch on the nose. Usually white patches of different shapes and sizes mean roles of different characters. They are not definitely rascals, while most of the time they play roles of wit, alert and humor. It is these characters who keep the audience laughing and improvise quips at the right moment to ease tension in some serious plays.
Additionally, apart from these differentiated roles in Beijng Opera, the colors of the faces represent different characters and personality. For example:
yellow and white represent cunning
red stands for uprightness and loyalty
black means valor and wisdom
blue and green indicate the vigorous and enterprising character of rebellious heroes
gold and silver represent mystic or super-natural power.
Full of Chinese cultural facts, the opera presents to the audience an encyclopedia of Chinese culture as well as unfolding stories, beautiful paintings, exquisite costumes, graceful gestures and acrobatic fighting...
The theatre guests will go for Beijing Opera is Liyuan Thearter which has the first story that is taken up by conventional and traditional seating, and has the latter adopting Qing-style tables on which snacks and tea can be enjoyed during the show.
Started at 19:30 every evening, each show lasts one hour and half hour and contains two segments - usually highlighting singing and martial arts. 15-mins rest during the show which is finished at 20:45.
Guests pay for the show to the driver who will buy the tickets for tourists. Then drive you back to your hotel after the show
A car for 4 people or a mini-bus for 4 people above.
Please print out your reservation through hostelworld .com as your receipt.
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