Night View of National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)

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Plan your Beijing night tour? In addition to the Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at Night,  the venue for National Center for Performing Arts is worth having a glimpse on your first trip to Beijing, also a photogenic spot for photography enthusiasts. It is a trendy and avant-garde landmark designed by French architect Paul Andreu.

The center is an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, like a huge egg or water drop floating on water. It is located to the west of Tiananmen Square and the Great Hall of the People, and close to the Forbidden City.

The huge dome, the artificial lake and the surrounding trees knit together harmoniously, making a comfortable contrast to the solemn and ancient buildings nearby.

On China national public holidays or other special important occasions, the huge egg will be illuminated based on two carefully designed flood light systems – Distant high-power  and nearby low-power.

When the two kinds of flood lights go into effect,  the ellipsoid dome and the glass in the middle will be brightly illuminated, changing colors in about very 20 minutes and creating a surreal dream world.

So 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.

But it is still worth your visit if you come to the National Center without the chance to see the  illuminated ellipsoid dome. In a fine day, get up early to catch the sunrise or come here for the sunset over the huge dome, you will see a golden shell floating on the lake.

There are two recognised good positions to shoot the night views of the National Center for Performing Arts – Northeast and North ( the main entrance ).

Pictures Taken to the Northeast of the Huge Ellipsoid Dome During Sunset:

Sunset glow over the National Center


The Ellipsoid Dome under the glow of sunset lights

Pictures Taken to the Northeast of the Huge Ellipsoid Dome After Sunset:


Half the dome in red color


Half the dome in blue color


Half the dome in Purple color


The illuminated ellipsoid dome in blue color


The illuminated ellipsoid dome in purple color

Pictures Taken to the North of the Huge Ellipsoid Dome After Sunset:

Whole Dome in blue from the North


The Dome and the Great Hall of the People


The Half  Dome and the Great Hall of the People


Whole Dome in pink from the North


Whole Dome in pink from the North


Whole Dome in pink from the North


Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

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Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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