You may consider going to Gubei Watertown to spend a night and see the Great Wall lit-up at Simatai. The unbelievable beauty of the Wall at night with lights to decorate should impress you.
You may leave Beijing in the afternoon. Spend 2 hours in Watertown. Enjoy dinner, then take the cable car to go up Tower #2. From there, you will find the Wall wired with lights up to three watchtowers. The stunning nightscape of Simatai Great Wall of the Wall looks vividly like a firing dragon.
p.s. Suppose you wish to take an overnight tour to the Great Wall, including Simatai. You may consider our group tour with a camping program (tour code A20).
Enjoy Beijing's night views featured with the Tiananmen Square, The National Theatre, the Olympic Bird's Nest and Water Cube lit up, the streets, the sleepless malls and bars. We have a full section of Beijing night tours that you may book. Please visit our Beijing Private Night Tour section for the 14 night tours we have proposed.
If you also contact us if you have specific things to do at night.
In the long course of development, Chinese acrobatic art has formed its own style. The ancient acrobatics stemmed from the people's life and had a close link with their life and productive labor. Instruments of labor like tridents, wicker rings, tables, chairs, jars, plates, and bowls were used in their performances of "Flying Trident", "Balance on Chairs", "Jar Tricks", and "Hoop Diving". Wushu and Lion Dance originated from folk sports and games. All of these acts became commonplace in acrobatic performances throughout China. Though having a long history of development and enjoying great popularity among the people, acrobatics in old China was never performed in theaters because it was looked down upon by the upper class.
Venue: Chaoyang Theatre
Times: 5:15–6:15pm and 7:15–8:30pm, daily, year round
A National Famous Brand Production Only Available at the Red Theatre.
"The Legend of Kungfu takes Beijing into a new ear of modern theatrical performance." -- Metropolis Magazine
Chinese martial arts, sometimes referred to by the Mandarin Chinese term wushu and popularly as kung fu, consist of a number of fighting styles that were developed over the centuries. Those fighting styles can be classified according to common themes that are identified as "families", "sects" or "schools" of martial arts. Example of themes are physical exercises that mimic movements from animals or a history and training method that gather inspiration from various Chinese philosophies, myths and legends. Some styles focus on the harnessing of qi and are labeled internal, while others concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness and are labeled external. Geographical association, as in northern and southern, is another popular method of categorization. Each fighting style offers a different approach to the common problems of self-defense, health, and self-cultivation from a Chinese perspective.
Times: 7:30–8:50pm daily
Beijing Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. The form was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. Major performance troupes are based in Beijing and Tianjin in the north, and Shanghai in the south. Fundamental to the performance and overall ambience of traditional Beijing opera is the venue. There are many restored venues in Beijing dating from the late 17th century onwards, the opera stage at Prince Gong Mansion, Zhengyici-xi-lou and Huguang Guild Hall, being among them. However, modern venues for the general operatic and theatre stage are also common, such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Chang'an Grand Theatre located on the East Chang'an Avenue is an example of modern Beijing opera theatre.
Venue: Liyuan Theatre for the best taste.
Time: 7:30–9:00pm, daily
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