National Centre for the Performing Arts

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National Centre for the Performing Arts
This gleaming performing arts center, sometimes called the Giant Egg, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu and inaugurated in 2007. The ellipsoid dome, made of titanium and glass and surrounded by a man-made lake, looks a bit like a spaceship. Within are nearly 4,500 seats across three halls. The spaces are used for kunqu and Western opera, acrobatics shows, ballet (such as Swan Lake), Chinese and Western classical music concerts, and visiting foreign troupes performing classics like Hamlet. The building is about 20 minutes’ walk from Tiananmen Square; even if you don’t have tickets to a performance, it’s worth coming to ogle this enormous architectural feat.
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2 W Chang'an Ave, Xicheng Qu, China, 100031
+86 10 6655 0000