Activities & Shows in China
To make your life more colorful and interesting, you could take our best-selected optional evening shows and featured activities in the most popular destinations, like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin/Yangshuo, Chengdu and more.
The evening shows are the fantastic nightlife ideas with profound cultural background and legendary stories that you can add into your bucket list. It would be better to decide when you are in the destinations. On one hand, the shows and performances may change according to season and weather. On the other hand, you can check your physical condition, time and discuss with your experienced local guide who may give you useful suggestions. If you are interested, your patient guide will accompany you there and escort you back to your hotel. Please pay attention that extra fee is charged for the optional shows.
No matter how you want to explore China, we’ll make sure you explore it in style. The featured activities are the different but fun way to get the skin of Chinese culture and have close interaction with Chinese people. You may explore the classic destinations and attractions with more memorable experience. Tell us your likes and needs beforehand, and our professional travel consultants will arrange the activities for YOU!
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Beijing Kungfu Show
Show Time: Daily 17:15 - 18:25 and 19:30 - 20:45; it lasts about 75 minutes
Place: No.44 Xingfu Road, Chongwen District, Beijing; at Beijing Red Theater
Beijing Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern dance which has become the most loved Kung Fu show in China. The Kung Fu show not only shows about the performance of Chinese Kung Fu, but also tells about the story of Chinese young boy who dreams to become a Kung Fu master. The whole story includes seven scenes from “Initiation”, “Learning”, “Casting”, “Illusion”, “Remorse”, “Passing through the Gate”, to “Enlightenment”. It will be a memorable experience to watch the Legend of Kung Fu when traveling in Beijing.
● 4 Days Classic Beijing Tour Package (you’d better put it on day 2)
Show Time: 19:30 - 21:00; it lasts about 1.5 hours
Place: No.175 Yong’an Road, Xicheng District, Beijing; at Yiyuan Theater
Beijing Opera is the quintessence of Chinese culture which combines literature, music, dance, vocal performance, fine arts, acrobatics and many other arts. Travelers could enjoy charming Beijing Opera in Liyuan Theater in the evening. The repertoire of Liyuan is an interesting combination of delightful humor and old Beijing culture. You could enjoy the four parts Beijing Opera repertoires - “Farewell My Concubine”, “The Crossroads”, “A Bird in Case” and “Drunken Beauty”. By enjoying the repertoires, you could have better understanding about the four main types of performers, Chinese literature, music and art.
● 4 Days Classic Beijing Tour Package (you’d better put it on day 2)
Shanghai Acrobatic Show
Show Time: 19:30 - 21:00; it lasts about 1.5 hours
Place:Several world class theaters are offered. You could use the one based on your likes.
Watching acrobatic in Shanghai is a magic experience for an exciting out in Shanghai. It is performed by the main troupes - Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe or Shanghai Circus World. Travelers could watch world famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe performs programs like Hula Hoops, Squeezing through the Barrel, Juggling Benches, Balancing on the Chair, Pagoda of Benches, Bicycle Skill, Play Diabolo, Kicking Bowls on the Bicycle, etc. Also, enjoy the famous “Ball of Death” with fast action and fun. If you like, you could choose to watch “Era - Intersection of Time” with many highlights presented.
● 3 Days Shanghai Contrast Tour with Maglev Experience (you’d better put it on day 2)
Show Time: 20:00 – 21:30; it lasts about 1.5 hours
Place:No.23 Qingtai Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu; at Shufengyayun Opera House
Sichuan opera, with 1700 years history, is the famous traditional Chinese operas. The typical stunts include “Faces Changing”, “Fire Spitting”, “Rolling Lamp”, “Folk Music”, “Hand Shadow” and “Puppet Opera”, etc. Shufengyayun Opera House is the great place to enjoy Sichuan Opera while sipping the local tea. There are many programs offered including the classic stunts which will make you have great fun in this traditional opera house.
● 3 Days Chengdu Highlights Tour (you’d better put it on day 2)
Impression Liu Sanjie
Show Time: 19:45-20:45 for first run; 21:20 for second (the second is based on weather condition and numbers of audience)
Place: Lijiang Shanshui Theater; 3 km from Yangshuo West Street with 30 minutes’ walk
Impression Liu Sanjie, directed by Zhang Yimou, is a splendid musical night show with the stage set right on the Li River and twelve mist shrouded hill and the heaven as its backdrop. This show, telling a legendary story about a Zhuang minority girl named Li Sanjie, integrates the elements of folk culture, classical folk songs and fishing lights. Enhanced by music, stage effect, lighting and costume, the spectacle becomes part of the landscape, reflecting the harmony of man with nature.
● 4 Days Leisure Guilin Tour with Li River & Yangshuo (you’d better put it on day 2)
Tianmen Fox Fairy Tale
Show Time: 20:30-21:50 every evening during March to December of the year (If it rains, you will be given a raincoat for free. In cold days of winter, you can rent warm cotton-padded clothes.)
Place:Tianmenshan Canyon Theater at the foot of Tianmen Mountain
Tianmen Fox Fairy is the real-scene musical drama with the Tianmen Mountain and its deep valleys as the stage background. The show tells a romantic love story between a fox fairy and an ordinary woodman making a living by chopping woods. Combining the local music, the indigenous life style and ancient love story, with the marvelous valley as background, this show will add more fun more your Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain trip.
● 4 Days Zhangjiajie Discovery Tour (Route A) (you’d better put it on day 3)
Shaolin Zen Music Ritual
Show Time: 20:15-21:30 (Mar 1-Nov.31); it lasts 75 minutes
Place:Daixian Valley of Mount Song, 7 km from Shaolin Temple
Combined the strength of Kungfu with Zen meditation, Shaolin Zen Music Ritual has merged martial arts, music, dance and more Chinese elements in the large scale outdoor stage in Mt. Songshan. As a largest cultural tourist performance of over 600 people participating, it contains five chapters, namely Water, Wood, Light, Wind and Stone with the changes of music in the whole 75 minutes. You can see real Shaolin Kung Fu in the performance and be touched in this quiet and peaceful atmosphere and feel calm in your heart.
● 3 Days In-depth Shaolin Kung Fu Tour (you’d better put it on Day 1)
Impression West Lake
Show Time: 19:45-20:45 (Mar.01-Dec.31); 21:45-22:45 (Only available on weekends or holidays when first show fully booked); it lasts 1 hour
Place:Yuhu Lake Scenic Area of the West Lake
Staged entirely upon West Lake (Located in the north side of West Lake, the stage has been built 3 centimeters below the surface), Impression West Lake is a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics. Using the lake and its surroundings as props, lights and hundreds of actors create a sensational performance. The story is based on a beautiful Hangzhou Legends, like “The Legend of White Snake”, leading you to a sweet thousand-year dream. It lasts about one hour, consisting of five parts - "Encounter", "Fall in Love", "Say Goodbye", "Memory", and "Impression".
● 3 Days Hangzhou Nature & Culture Tour (you’d better put it on day 2)
Youjian Pingyao (Another Glance at Pingyao)
Show Time: 14:00-15:30; 20:00-21:30 (except for Mondays); it lasts 1.5 hours
Place:No. 154, Shuncheng Road, Pingyao City (near the west of Pingyao Ancient City)
As the first indoor performance in northern China, Another Glance at Pingyao tells a simply story which happened in the late Qing Dynasty, about the young lord of Qiao’s Family Compound had managed to rescue the Wang’s orphan by sacrificing his life. By changing different backgrounds from ancient streets, city walls to courtyards, this 90 minutes show gives audiences a chance to go into the Pingyao local life and discover the prosperity and recession of Pingyao ancient city during Qing dynasty. There is no strict stage boundary, and audiences are walking over watching in short distance, sometimes the performers will get into the crowd and have interactions with audiences, which is rare in Chinese stage shows.
● 3 Days Pingyao Discovery Tour (you’d better put it on day 2)
Show Time: 20:00-21:30, it lasts about 1.5 hours; every Monday to Saturday
Place: No.132-134 Dongfeng West Road, Kunming (Kunming Art Theater)
Dynamic Yunnan, also Yunnan Impression Show, is a grand song and dance performance of southwestern ethnic style choreographed and performed by famous dancer Yang Liping. More than 70 percent of the performers are local peasant farmers Yang discovered in outlying villages of Yunnan and most of them are from ethnic groups including Yi, Miao, Tibetan, Dai, Bai, Va and Hani. It is composed six main parts: Beginning of the World, Sun and Moon, Earth, Homeland, Worship Fire, Pilgrimage and Peacock Dance. The audience will be amazed at the vibrant colors, vivid costumes, original rural songs, flowing dances and ancient tunes.
● 3 Days Kunming Spring City Tour (you’d better put it on day 1)
Beijing Roast Duck
Place: Several restaurants are offered. You may use the one close to tourist sites and your hotel.
To enjoy the local flavor of Beijing, you should not miss Beijing Roast Duck. The roast duck is with thin, crisp skin and tempting color and its meat is fresh, tender, rich and fat but not greasy. Getting into the roast duck restaurants, you could catch the chance to know more about how a Beijing Roast Duck is made and watch the cook slice the duck into pieces with both skin and meat for each. When taste the duck, you could wrap duck, scallion, cucumber in a pancake or a sesame bun. Also, you could choose some other spices and sauce when tasting the delicious duck.
● 4 Days Classic Beijing Tour Package (a good dinner choice; you’d better put it on day 3 after visiting Beijing Great Wall)
Dumpling Dinner & Tang Palace Dance Show
Dinner Time: around 18:30 -19:50; Show Time: around 20:00 – 21:00
Suggested Place: Shaanxi Grand Opera House, at No.161 Wenyi Road, Beilin District, Xian
There are three options for you: enjoy Dumpling Dinner and Tang Dynasty Show together, only Dumpling Dinner, only Tang Dynasty Show. If you want to do both, you’ll enjoy the Chinese traditional dumpling banquet first and then the fabulous Tang Dynasty dance and music. During the dinner, travelers could taste many combinations of dumplings, all shapes, sizes and flavors. While, the Tang Dynasty Show take you to a magical journey through the ancient and prosperous Tang Dynasty (618-907). Enjoy the story told through impressive acting, dance and singing, traditional orchestra. It will be an amazing evening for your life in Xian.
● 3 Days Classic Xian Tour (you’d better put it on day 2)
Cycling on Xian Ancient City Wall
Time:about 2 hours
Bike Rent: You can rent a bike near South Gate
Xian Ancient City Wall stands 12 meters tall and 12-14 meters wide at the top. It is quiet suitable for riding a bike on the wall which covers a length of 13.7 km. Start from South Gate City Wall and ride and pass East Gate, North Gate and West Gate and 98 ramparts and more. Moreover, along the riding, you’ll experience the local customs of the street market, see the historical relics and have a look at the modern side of Xian.
● 3 Days Classic Xian Tour (On day 2, instead of strolling on the ancient wall, you can ride a bike)
Cruise on Huangpu River
Available Cruising: in the daytime & at night
Duration:about 45 minutes
Useful Advice:Cruise ships vary in size, decoration and amenities. Choose the one which best suits for your time.
Huangpu River is a silent eyewitness to Shanghai’s history and development. Taking a cruise on Huangpu River will let you witness modern side of Shanghai and feel the old Shanghai culture. The cruise ships usually depart from the wharf close to the Bund. After board on the ship, you’ll view many spectacular sights both on the west and east bank along Huangpu River. Along west bank, see The Bund, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Waibaidu Bridge, etc. Along the east bank, view Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jinmao Tower, Lujiazui Financial Zone, etc.
● 4 Days Shanghai & Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour (night cruise is better and do it on day 3 evening)
Experience High-tech Maglev Train
Route: Shanghai Pudong International Airport - Shanghai Longyang Road Station
Operation Time: Longyang Road Station: First Train: 06:45; Last Train: 21:40;
Pudong Internation Airport Station: First Train: 07:02; Last Train: 21:42.
If you arrive in Shanghai at Pudong International Airport, taking a high-tech maglev train to Pudong New Area will be awesome experience for your first stop in Shanghai. Also, you could transfer from downtown to the airport. It is available from 06:45 to 21:42, with services every 15 to 20 minutes. The 30 km journey just takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds. You could imagine how fast it is.
● 3 Days Shanghai Contrast Tour with Maglev Experience (Make sure you’ll arrive at Pudong Airport and experience on the day upon your arrival)
Join in Panda Volunteer Program
Panda Base: Dujiangyan Panda Base
Program Length: 08:30-17:00
At present, Dujiangyan Panda Base is the only place for travelers joining in panda volunteer programs. During the program, you can have a very close contact with the cute giant pandas: cleaning their enclosures, preparing for their food (bamboo, panda cakes, fruit), feeding them and take photos with the loving creatures. Besides, you can pay extra fee to hold a giant panda for once-in-lifetime experience. After the volunteer work, you’ll receive the certificate and souvenirs provided by the Panda Base.
● 4 Days Dujiangyan Panda Tour with Chengdu (arrange it on day 3 for whole day volunteer work experience)
Sichuan Cuisine is also known as Szechuan Cuisine in the West. Famous for its spicy and pungent flavor, Sichuan Cuisine likes to use chili, pepper and prickly ash, and garlic, ginger and fermented soybean are also used in the cooking process. Seasonings are very important in Sichuan Cuisine, and if the cook is skillful enough, seven flavors – sour, sweet, bitter spicy, tongue-numbing, aromatic and salty should be detected. Sichuan hot pots are perhaps the most famous hotpots in the world, most notably the Yuan Yang Hotpot - half spicy and half clear. Other recommended dishes are Mao Tofu, Twice Cooked Sliced Pork, Kung Pao Chicken, Fuqi Fei Pian (Braised Cow Lungs), etc.
● 3 Days Chengdu Highlights Tour (a good dinner choice on day 1)
Yangshuo Countryside Sightseeing
Time Needed: a half day
Travelers get out of Yangshuo country and do some featured activities to explore the idyllic countryside scenery. You can do some hiking: (a) hike along Yulong River for 12 km; (b) hike from Yangdi to Xingping along the Li River; or do bamboo rafting to watch the amazing views in Yulong River area-watch the countryside just drifting on by. Rides range from half an hour to five hours. If you want to explore by car, you’ll start from Yangshuo West Street and then head to G321 to cycle along Ten-mile Gallery with beautiful karst landscape, fields and buffalos, etc. You’ll Pass Butterfly Spring, Big Banyan Tree Scenic Area, Moon Hill, Moon Hill Village and tour around. After the happy time in the countryside, ride back to Yangshuo County.
● 4 Days Leisure Guilin Tour with Li River & Yangshuo (hiking, bamboo rafting and cycling activities are arranged on day 3 and day 4)
Yangshuo Traditional Taichi Learning
Place:Shibanqiao Village, 200 m from Yangshuo Longtoushan Pier
Tai Chi is one of China’s most prominent and ancient arts, which is practiced for defense training and health benefits. Tai Chi Chuan training involves five elements, Taolu (solo hand and weapons routines/forms), Neigong & Qigong (breathing, movement and awareness exercises and meditation), Tuishou (response drills) and Sanshou (self defence techniques). Travelers can learn Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan in the Taichi School of Yangshuo. The school is not far from the Yangshuo West Street.
● 3 Days Classic Guilin & Li River Cruise Tour (you can arrange it on day 3 in Yangshuo)
Kung Fu Learning at Miaolong Martial Art School
The school was established in 1980 (Formerly named Songshan Shaolin Martial Arts School), which is not only the first comprehensive martial arts school assembling the personnel training in science, Martial Arts and movies, but also one of the Kungfu training institutions authorized by the Ministry of Education to recruit foreign students.
You can take 1-hour training or longer in the school to learn some Kungfu with the local students, or spend few days living there to deeply experience the charm of Chinese Kungfu and take a series of training.
● 3 Days Luoyang Kung Fu Tour (arrange it in the morning on day 2)
Learn to Make Chinese Food
Place: Family visit in Xian, Cooking Class in Yangshuo
When you visit Xian, you can learn home-made flavor dumpling at the local family. The family member will usually prepare the materials of the dumpling before your arrive. They will teach how to make dumpling hand by hand. After all finished, you can eat your own dishes together with the local family, and chat with them to know more about Chinese culture and the local life. The cooking is usually arranged at lunch, and it will take you more than two hours.
There are two cooking classes in Yangshuo every day, from 09:30 to 13:30 and from 15:30 to 19:30. You can choose the dishes to learn and cook 3 to 4 dishes in every class. In the class, you will learn how to properly heat a wok and when to toss fresh vegetables into the sizzling oil; how to properly chop vegetables; how to properly use the right amount of spice, which should enhance the dish, but not overpower it.
● 3 Days Xian Muslim Flavor Tour (family visit is arranged on day 3 for lunch)
● 5 Days Guilin Food & Scenery Tour (cooking class is arranged on day 5 for lunch)
Explore Hutong by Rickshaw
Hutong is the unique residential unites created by local which combine living, trade and entertainment together. Every Hutong has its own story, every street tells its own history. Get on a rickshaw and explore the ancient alleyway of Hutongs in Shichahai area or in Bell and Drum Tower area. Shichahai Hutong is made up of 15 smaller hutongs and many former courtyards of celebrities are in the hutong, such as the Prince Kung’s Mansion, the Former Residence of Guo Moruo. During the 1-hour rickshaw trip, travelers can explore fabulous Ming Dynasty Hutong architecture, boutique bars, and local leisure life of Beijinger.
● 5 Days Experience the Real Hutong Life of Beijing (Hutong exploration is arranged on day 4 )
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