Huguang Guild Opera Theater
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Peking Opera on a Traditional Stage
Admittedly, the sharp pitches of Peking opera aren't for everyone. But this art form once entertained the masses of Beijing, and due to its heavy use of tumbling and martial arts, it is definitely one of the more accessible forms of Chinese-style opera. The most atmospheric space is the Zheng Yici Theater, near Qianmen. This wooden theater is over 300 years old, and has showings on Friday and Saturday nights. There are also daily Peking opera performances at the Huguang Guild Hall, an impressive Qing-era wooden theater.
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