Visit a professional Shadow Opera Theater while enjoying a traditional repertoire of Shadow Puppetry. Meet the Shadow Master after the Show and participate in an optional Shadow Painting Course (Additional Cost for Painting Course).
Shadow Play or Shadow Puppetry is an ancient Chinese traditional folk art, which old Beijingers call the 'donkey shadow shadow'. In 2011, Shadow Play was selected to be part of the Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
This activity is held in an ancient courtyard that houses a professional Shadow Opera Theater that has been running for almost 20 years. The address is Beijing Shichahai Shadow Play Theme Hotel, at 24 Song Shu Jie, Xicheng District, Beijing.
The activity incorporates a classic traditional repertoire, as there are usually traditional and modern performance techniques. Show runs every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 20:00 pm; it contains two acts and lasts about 30 minutes in total. Once finished, you can meet the Shadow Play master and try your turn as a shadow opera artist to personally experience the charm of shadow play.
There is an additional extra option to learn how to paint the Shadows. In this activity the shadow master will explain the cultural background of the shadow play, teach you shadow play skills, and assist with you to color the materials into your own original work of art. The activity starts after the Shadow Play and last for around one hour.
Show Starts at 08:00pm, please arrivae 10 mins before the starting time.
Optional Painting Course starts at 08:30pm
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.