How to Visit National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)

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 1: ABC of NCPA

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!

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.

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 Centre for the Performing Arts.

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 2 How to get there

National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)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 it  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.

Check out Night View of National Centre for the Performing Arts (China) for more information.

Tip 4: Virtual Tour of NCPA

The exterior of National Grand Theatre looks like an eggshell half cut.

The exterior of National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)

Ticket office at the north entrance to National Grand Theatre.

Ticket office

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

The 80-meter corridor

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

The first floor

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

The Coffee Shop

Audio and video shop on the fourth Floor.

Audio and video shop

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

On the top floor

Tip 5: Night View of NCPA

If you are lucky to travel Beijing during China National Day ( Oct 1 -7 ) , Labour Day ( May 1-3) or other important occasions, you will have the opportunity to see the huge dome flooded in dream-like lights, giving you a lot of imagination.

Half the dome in red color
Whole Dome in blue from the North
The Half Dome and the Great Hall of the People

Further Reading about the sites near NCPA

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Night View of National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)
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5 thoughts on “How to Visit National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)

  1. 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.

    Add: No.2, West Chang’an Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing, P. R. China
    Post Code: 100031

    Information: +86 10 6655 0989
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