National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
Anyone with an interest in Beijing’s modern architecture won’t want to miss a visit to the ‘Giant Egg.’ General entrance tickets get you into the building to tour the Opera House, Concert Hall, and Theater at your own pace. Many architecture and nighttime sightseeing tours of Beijing stop outside the building for a look at the impressive façade. The center hosts national and international classical music performances, as well as opera, ballet, and traditional Chinese dance performances; check the schedule before your visit if you’d like to see a show.
Things to know before you go
- The National Center for the Performing Arts is a must-visit for architecture buffs and culture-philes.
- Book your ticket ahead of time and skip the line at the ticket office.
- Food and drink, including bottled water, are not permitted inside the venue.
- Orchestra-level seating is accessible for wheelchair users.
How to get there
To reach the National Center for the Performing Arts, take a Line 1 subway train to Tiananmen West and use Exit C. There is an underground passage from the station directly to the venue.
When to get there
The center is closed on Mondays but open throughout the day from Tuesday to Sunday for general visits. Tickets for specific shows can be purchased at the ticket office at the north gate.
Dining at the National Center for the Performing Arts
Visitors to the NCPA will find a few options for dining onsite. Cafes to the east and west of the main foyer serve coffee, tea, and lite bites. The main restaurant, called Western Cuisine, is on the theatre terrace and serves Italian and Southeast Asian dishes.
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