Traditional Night OUT in Beijing Opera and Dinner | Beijing, China | During our stay at the lovely Aman Summer Palace, one of our nights, we decided to continue our Royal experience and leave the Summer Palace to dedicated our evening to Chinese Opera followed by a traditional Imperial gourmet experience. So our concierge helped us organize all details, while we were spending our day out enjoying our tour to The Great Wall of China. The itinerary for our evening would be Chinese Opera at Liyuan Theater and dinner at Bai Family Mansion.
Liyuan Theater offers Classic Peking Opera in Beijing. The most classic introduction to the performing art. The repertoire is an interesting combination of delightful humor and old Beijing culture. All performed with ambitious intricacy and style. A popular introduction to Chinese Opera. Performances are daily beginning at 7.30PM and lasts for approximately 1 hour. The theater is located within the historical Qianmen Jianguo Hotel. You may book your tickets online at www.liyuantheatreopera.com Right after the performance, we jumped in a taxi and off to our second traditional Beijing experience. Imperial dinner at the Bai Family Mansion. As we arrived, one of their Geges (Manchu word for princess) welcomed and escorted us to our private room, graciously gliding thorough the Qing dynasty style village, which feels something of a time machine. The ornamented ceiling has the classic colours of green, blue and gold; lanterns hang from the ceilings; calligraphy decorates the walls.The cooking style is based on Tan Family cooking and imperial cuisine, combining the best of the two schools to create a unique Bai Family style. The whole experience went flawless, until they handed us with our own iPads from where you could read your menu and even order your choices. I guess technology is taking over, even the most rational and imperial. To me that little detail, spoiled the whole concept of the restaurant, but hey, it made our order be placed and arrive to the table quite fast. One TIP. If you plan to have Pekin Duck, let the restaurant know in advance at the time of booking. Since this dish takes a while to be prepared, and if you are coming from the Opera like we did, that won’t give you enough time to order it once at the restaurant.
So there you go. !!! Traditional Night OUT in Beijing Opera and Dinner. Hope you have enjoyed the tips, and that you try it yourself. After dinner our Geges helped us get a taxi, and off back to our suite at the Summer Palace, by Aman Summer Palace, for our last night in Beijing before heading to Shanghai. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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