Shufeng Yayun Sichuan Opera House
Ticket Fee: 120-320 Yuan/per person (ticket varies from plays and seat)
Opening Hour: 18:30-21:30
Add: No.23 Qintai Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu (Inside Chengdu Culture Park)
Surroundings: Chengdu Culture Park, Qingyang Palace, People's Park, Kuanzhai Alley, Du Fu Cottage
How to get there: City bus, subway (Metro Line 1, walk 500m from Tonghuimen Station), taxi, private car service
Other Services: Shufeng Yayun also can give the performance outside our theater. They can also hold conferences, business meetings, wedding ceremonies, birthday celebrations, and other activities in Shufengyayun as well; you will be satisfied with this wide range of choices.
Shufeng Yayun (蜀风雅韵), located inside Chengdu Culture Park on Qintai Road, is the ideal theater to experience the local arts and watch a splendid Sichuan Opera. It is also the only one of its kind and the most famous place where you may enjoy the local tea, Sichuan Opera and Sichuan folk arts shows in Sichuan Province.
Featuring the Chinese traditional opera performances, unique talent shows, as well as opera costumes, exquisite handicrafts exhibits, the theater is not only a tea house but also a fantastic stage for you to enjoy the local arts and culture. It has two Opera houses: Chinese Opera House (VIP House) and Liyuan Opera House, the former is much more expensive than the later.
Built in 1998 and functioned for over 20 years, Shufeng Yayun Opera House is a multifunctional theater showing local Sichuan Opera and folk wonders. Performances held in each evening has attracted distinguished performers from across Sichuan Province and many audience at home and abroad.
Shufeng Yayun is located within the ancient buildings of Qingyang Palace, very close to Dufu Thatched Cottage and Wuhou Memorial Temple. When siting arounded by the old buildings, you can drink a cup of tea like local citizens and meanwhile enjoy different kinds of amazing show, including the famous face changing, spitting fire, cloth changing, hand shadow play of Sichuan Opera, etc.The evening show time usually is held at 20:00 – 21:30. You’d better book the ticket at least 2 hours in advance, and collect ticket half an hour before starting. You're suggested to go there a little bit earlier, for you may have the chance to see how the performers make up, how they put their costumes on and even you can take some photos with them. Even, a featured activity in Shufeng Yayun Opera House is that, you can pay to wear those beautiful costumes like performers.
As one of the traditional Chinese opera, Sichuan Opera is mainly popular in central and east Sichuan Province, Chongqing, part of Guizhou and Yunnan. It has 5 tunes and Chengdu is the best city to watch an authentic Sichuan Opera.
In Shufeng Yayun, you can see the best typical performances of Sichuan Opera and other Sichuan folk shows. Those very bright spots are authentic excerpts of Sichuan Opera with many amazing talents as well as requested programs where you can make the request beforehand. The originality and charm may satisfy many of their opera lovers. Don't miss the mysterious face changing and fire spitting - two most-known wonders. Also, you can see actors dressing in unique costumes with face painted colorful, telling story in dramatic tune，amazing rod puppet show and else more.With colorful shows in different styles, you may also taste the profound Chinese opera arts and experience the pure essence of traditional culture of Western Sichuan. This daily show continues to spread the traditional art to a new generation and keep the historic culture alive.
We went to see the show in the Culture Park after our hotpot dinner. We paid 260 RMB per person. The theater is outdoor theater with fans on the top. The program was composed of opera, short comedy show, puppet, show, hand shadow, music instruments mimic horse and people conversation, and the face (mask) changing show with fire spitting. My teenage son and I did not lose our attention throughout the show (about one hour) even we just arrived at Chengdu (from Kathmandu). The face changing segment in the show is just amazing. We kept saying it is impossible. One time the performers even walked to the audience from the stage and changed their mask right in front of the audience! We went to Kungfu show in Beijing, and Tang Dynasty show in Xi'An. This show is far more the most interesting and entertaining one. What a great start for our Chengdu tour!
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