China's National Center for the Performing Arts, after six years of construction and $400 million, opened in June of 2007. Despite the great costs, the Chinese government says the Center is a not for profit venture, with seats sold at reasonable rates. The atmosphere is opulent, with silk-lined walls, state of the art acoustics and lighting, and a distinguished facade by French architect Paul Andreu. The complex has three performance halls (for theater, opera, and concerts) which collectively seat nearly 6000 people. The Center is located near the Forbidden City and the Great Hall of the People.
Attractions & Landmarks, Cultural Events, Classical
- Nearest Train: Tiananmen West station,Line 1