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“A great way to sample”

Huguang Guild Hall(Peking Opera)
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: There are so many histories behind this hall. On August 25th, 1912, the Chinese Nationalist Pary(KMT) was founded at the guild hall at a convention of the Revolutionary Alliance, led by famous Sun Yat-sen, and five smaller pro-revolution parties. Now, This Huguang Guild Hall is one of the most popular Peking Opera theatres. Now, Huguang Guild Hall is very magnificent, the sculpture of Abstract
Reviewed November 13, 2016

This show provides a useful insight into the magical and different world of Chinese Opera. The length of the show is just right - about 75mins with a short interval. this is better than having to sit through over 3 hours of a full opera and gives (I think) excerpts from other performances rather than a single story - but with the strange plots of Chinese Operaa it's hard to tell!
The venue itself is colourful and if you have booked a tourist seat you will have a great view of the stage.
Somehow it comes over as a cross between serious theatre and a pantomime but is non the less enjoyable and worth a visit.

Thank Simon B
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

Never been to a Peking opera before, we asked our hotel and were directed to Huguang Guild Hall.
Built in 1807, it was the house of some high-ranking officials during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) and the site where the Chinese Nationalist Party, Kuomintang, was declared by Sun Yat Sen on 25th Aug 1912 to take part in the first national election of Republic of China. Later on the Chinese government converted it into an opera house & museum. Restoration was completed in 1996.
The 2 storey auditorium was not that spacious and colourfully decorated. The 60 minute show involved singing, dancing, fighting and acrobatic actions, sometimes delivered in humorous ways. It was in Chinese but with a short opening in English and short translations between the acts.
To us, it was an average performance, a bit boring after a while and pricey.
As we were looking for taxi, we were approached by a rickshaw with a female driver offering to get us back to our hotel passing through some small streets with traditional residential areas (hutong). We agreed to the small fee she said she's going to charge us. I even told my daughter that we should give her more as she's working hard to earn for the family.
At the end of the drive, she took out a calculator and showed us the charge. It was a multiple of what we had agreed on, saying that what we agreed on was for 1 hutong and 1 person while we passed over 10 hutongs and there were 2 of us. She didn't even take us to our hotel as she said the road was forbidden for rickshaws. We were completely shocked!!! (visited in June a few years back).

Thank GabyVM
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Reviewed April 23, 2016

We were amazed by the performance, the costumes, the makeup and the building itself. Not all of our group wanted to see this but the ones that went were amazed. We did not know what to expect. The performers did an amazing job. I would recommend. Be prepared for the high pitched women's voices.

Thank Dianne H
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Reviewed July 14, 2015

Nice old building, traditional performance. You are seated at the tables, serve tea with cookies and nut snacks before the performance. Not crowded. Relaxed atmosphere. Submerges you in ancient China. Easy to get to, not far from central area in Beijing, safe to walk around at night. We will go back if get chance to be in Beijing again.

4  Thank nasnac
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

An experience not to be missed when visiting Beijing. For those who do not understand the Chinese language there is an opening scene setting in English and throughout there are English comments at appropriate times without detracting from the opera.
The performers were delightful to watch as were their very colourful costumes.
Will visit again when next passing through Beijing.

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