We’ve compiled the best of the best in Beijing - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Forbidden City Concert Hall

    Xicheng District | Music

    One of the nicest venues in Beijing, the 1,400-seat Forbidden City Concert Hall plays host to a variety of classical, chamber, and traditional...Read More

  • 2. Liyuan Theater

    Xicheng District | Opera

    The unabashedly touristy shows here are still a great time. You can first watch performers put on makeup before the show (come early) and then...Read More

  • 3. National Centre for the Performing Arts

    Xicheng District | Opera

    Architecturally, the giant silver dome of this performing arts complex is stunning, and its interior holds a state-of-the-art opera house, a...Read More

  • 4. The Red Theatre

    Dongcheng District | Theater

    If it's Vegas-style stage antics you're after, the Legend of Kung Fu show is what you want. Extravagant martial arts—performed by dancers...Read More

  • 5. Beijing Concert Hall

    Xicheng District | Music

    One of Beijing's main venues for Chinese and Western classical-music concerts also hosts folk dancing and singing, and many celebratory events...Read More

  • 6. Beijing Exhibition Theater

    Xicheng District | Theater

    Chinese plays, Western (and Chinese) operas, and ballet performances are staged in this Soviet-style building that's part of the exhibition...Read More

  • 7. Capital Theater

    Dongcheng District | Theater

    This is a busy, modern theater near Wangfujing shopping street. It often has performances by the respected Beijing People's Art Theatre and...Read More

  • 8. Chambers Fine Art

    Chaoyang | Art Galleries–Arts

    Named after the noted British architect Sir William Chambers, Chambers Fine Art Beijing opened in 2007 in the art village of Caochangdi. Situated...Read More

  • 9. Chang'an Grand Theater

    Dongcheng District | Opera

    In this theater specializing in Chinese opera, spectators can choose to sit either in the traditional seats or at cabaret-style tables. Besides...Read More

  • 10. Chaoyang Theater

    Chaoyang | Dance

    This space is the queen bee of acrobatics venues, especially designed to unleash oohs and ahhs. Spectacular individual and team acrobatic displays...Read More

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  • 11. China National Puppet Theater

    Chaoyang | Theater

    The shadow and hand-puppet shows at this theater convey traditional stories—it's lively entertainment for children and adults alike. This venue...Read More

  • 12. Huguang Guild Hall

    Xicheng District | Opera

    Built in 1807, the Huguang Guild Hall was at its height one of Beijing's "Four Great" theaters. In 1925, the Guild Hall hosted Dr. Sun Yat-sen...Read More

  • 13. Lao She Teahouse

    Xicheng District | Opera

    Named for famed Beijing author Lao She, this teahouse in the Qianmen area plays host to a variety of traditional performances, including acrobatics...Read More

  • 14. Pace Beijing

    Chaoyang | Art Galleries–Arts

    This Beijing branch of the famed Pace Gallery operates with an independent program focusing on Chinese contemporary artists. ...Read More

  • 15. Pékin Fine Arts

    Chaoyang | Art Galleries–Arts

    Founded by the expatriate Bostonian Meg Maggio, who has lived in Beijing for more than 20 years, Pékin Fine Arts focuses on contemporary artists...Read More

  • 16. Poly Theater

    Dongcheng District | Music

    This is a modern shopping-center-like complex on top of Dongsishitiao subway station. One of Beijing's better-known theaters, the Poly hosts...Read More

  • 17. Tianqiao Acrobatic Theater

    Xicheng District | Dance

    The Beijing Acrobatics Troupe of China is famous for weird, wonderful shows. Content includes a flashy show of offbeat contortions and tricks...Read More

  • 18. Tianqiao Theater

    Xicheng District | Opera

    A traditional theater that hosts everything from contemporary dance performances to ballet, folk music, and cross-talk revues. ...Read More

  • 19. Yugong Yishan

    Dongcheng District | Music

    Housed in a Republican-era courtyard, Yugong Yishan is the city's other premier destination for live music by both local rock bands and touring...Read More

  • 20. Red Gate Gallery

    Dongcheng District | Art Galleries–Arts

    This gallery, one of the first to open in Beijing, displays and sells contemporary Chinese art in the extraordinary location of the old Dongbianmen...Read More

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