How to Visit National Grand Theatre in Beijing

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National Grand Theatre , or The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), is one of the 4 most important landmarks in Beijing. The other three are China CCTV Tower, Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center) and Bird’s Nest (National Stadium). If you are interested in modern contemporary architecture, the egg-shape theatre is absolutely worth having a glimpse.  
 
Tip # 01: Basics about National Grand Theare
Its designer:
It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.
Total Cost:
The total cost for its construction is said to be over RMB 3 billion. The theatre has total 5473 seats with each seat costing about half million!
Exterior
The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It just likes like an egg cut half.
Interior
Inside there are 4 major performing halls:
The Opera Hall in the miidle is used for operas, ballet, and dances with seats 2416.
The Music Hall in the east side accommodates 2,017 seats.
The Theater Hall in the west side  is functioned for Chinese traditional plays and the Beijing opera. with  1040 seats.
Multi functional Hall in the south has 140 seats
80-meter Corridor
A 80-meter long underwater corridor connecting the north entrance to Olive Hall of the main building of National Grand Theatre.
Olive Hall
Visitors come to Olive Hall at the end of the corridor from the entrance. From the Olive Hall, people start to take elevator up to visi the three major halls – The Opera Hall, The Theatre Hall and The Music Hall.
Ticket Selling
70 percent of the tickets would be sold at low price for ordinary citizens, while 10% of the tickets would be sold at relatively expensive prices for separate market segments
Management Cost
 The  60% of annual operational cost needed to be subsidized by the government offered by  the central government and the Beijing municipal government.
Ticketing selling hours
The box office of the National Centre for the Performing Arts is located at the north entrance of centre. It is open between 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day.
Entrance Ticket for Visiting only
Ticket Fee: RMB 30 per person 
   
Tip # 02 How to get there
National Grand Theatre is easily accessible either by bus or subway.
Address is: No. 2, West Chang’an Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100031
Take subway and get off at (Exit C) on Beijing Subway Line 1
Bus routes 1 , 4 , 10 , 20 , 37 , 52 , 726 , 728 and 802 all stop at Tian’anmen West
 
Tip # 03: How to plan your trip to National Grand Theatre
 
Visiting Time:
TUE – FRI: 13:30 – 17:00 ( stop selling tickets at 16:30)
SAT, SUN and Public Holidays: 09:30 – 17:00 (stop selling tickets at 16:30)
Monday: No Visiting
Pay RMB 30 to visit one of the most controversial architectures in China. You are suggested to spend 2 hours wandering in the ultra-modern building. Your visit to the National Grand Theatre can be independent or combined with other attractions like Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City since National Grand Theatre is just located one block west of Tiananmen Square. If you are short of time, it is still advisable to ge there and take some beautiful photos of the floatng eggshell, which poses sharp contrast to the surrounding buildings.
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The exterior of National Grand Theatre looks like an eggshell half cut

  

Ticket office at the north entrance to National Grand Theatre

The 80-meter corridor leading from the north entrance to Olive Hall

 

From this Olive Hall, visitors take elevator up the first floor to begin their visit

The Coffee Shop on the east side on the first floor Enter from the south gate to the National Grand Theatre

Audio and video shop on the fourth Floor

Posed on the top floor in the middle of National Grand Theatre

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5 Responses to “How to Visit National Grand Theatre in Beijing”

  1. Wim Borsboom says:

    I would like to contact the exploitation department of the Music Hall in the NGT. The purpose is to get to know if it is possible to come to China with a 100-men choir and to sing there.

  2. sharrnila shahar says:

    give me your official contact no for booking and reservation and name of person incharge

  3. admin says:

    Please, a very big please, visit its official site for more information: http://www.chncpa.org/ens/

  4. admin says:

    Please visit its official website: http://www.chncpa.org/ens/

  5. admin says:

    CHINA NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
    Add: No.2, West Chang’an Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing, P. R. China
    Post Code: 100031

    ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
    Information: +86 10 6655 0989
    Fax: +86 10 6655 0988

    TICKETS
    Performances: +86 10 6655 0000 (9:00 am – 20:00 pm, GMT + 8
    Group Tickets: +86 10 6655 0105/ 0106 / 0555 (9:00 am – 18:00 pm, Mon – Fri, GMT + 8

    VISIT
    Group Tickets: +86 10 6655 0733 / 0871 Fax: +86 10 6655 0879 (9:00 am – 18:00 pm, Mon – Fri, GMT + 8
    Western Cuisine: +86 10 6655 0111
    Souvenir Shop: +86 10 6655 0210-703
    Audio-visual Souvenir Shop: +86 10 6655 0143

    MEMBERSHIP
    Service: +86 10 6655 0841 (9:30 am – 18:30 pm, Mon – Fri, GMT + 8

    Resident groups
    CHINA NCPA ORCHESTRA CHINA NCPA CHORUS
    Tel: +86 10 6655 0518 Tel: +86 10 6655 0525
    Fax: +86 10 6655 0519 Fax: +86 10 6655 0523
    Email:gxyt@chncpa.org Email:chorus@chncpa.org

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