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A visit to one of Beijing's evening shows is guaranteed to excite and afford a window on Chinese culture. Our favourite show is probably the dramatic Acrobatic Show at the Chaoyang Theatre. The stunts and performances take on a myriad of forms, including beautiful ballet, gravity-defying gymnastics and balancing, awesome shows of graceful strength, human pyramids on bikes and the extraordinary 'circle of death' motorbike cage. The action is non-stop and is performed in traditional dress and to Chinese folk music. The precision, timing and strength of the performers really does have to be seen to be believed.

The Peking Opera is firmly entrenched in Chinese folklore. It is famous the world over for its intricate costumes and face-painting, as well as its vivid artful storytelling, and is a quintessentially Chinese experience. Foreign visitors might struggle to follow the thread of the story, but without doubt will get swept away by the beauty of the performances, mimes, music and acrobatics.

Another typical Chinese experience is that of Kung Fu. The story centres around a young Buddhist monk, who uses the martial arts form as a means of fitting in to his new surroundings and then to win the heart of a young lady. The show is a prestigious one, featuring some of China's top practitioners of Kung Fu.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in Beijing
What to do in Beijing

Special in-depth Beijing tour

Gain an in-depth perspective on Beijing's past and present with our specially designed tour of the capital.

Hutongs: Behind the Scenes

Traverse the alleyways of a traditional hutong to gain an insight into life here and partake in cultural activities.

Three temples tour

Visit three beautiful temples to learn how Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism remain relevant today.