Chinese Cultural Events in Beijing – November 2021

While Cultural Keys can be considered your go-to for a variety of traditional Chinese culture activities, there are of course plenty of other fun and interesting cultural events happening around the capital every month!

Here’s our round-up of activities connected with traditional Chinese culture for November in Beijing!

Please note: Cultural Keys is in no way affiliated with any of the events or organisations listed in this article, unless explicitly stated. We offer no guarantee about the quality of any 3rd party events, and strongly suggest interested participants to contact the relevant organizers to clarify event details before attending.

Drama: Li Bai 《李白》

Date: October 26th – November 7th, 2021
Location: Capital Theater | 22 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
首都剧场 | 北京市东城区王府井大街22号
Time: 19:30PM (Tuesday – Sunday)
Price: 680 / 580 / 480 / 380 / 280 / 180RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
or via phone call: 65250996 / 65249847 / 65250123
Language: Chinese

This award-winning show about the famous poet returns to the Capital Theater. Set in his later years during the tumultuous period of the An Lushan rebellion, this play is a classic not to be missed!

Concert: Chinese Music Appreciation (Chinese Music Afternoon Tea) 国乐赏析普及音乐会《国乐下午茶》

Date: November 7th – December 6th, 2021
Location: Sanlitun MUSICFANS Art Space | B1 / F, Sanlitun SOHO No. 6 Shopping Mall, No. 8 North Workers Stadium Road, Beijing
三里屯爱乐音乐空间 | 北京朝阳区工人体育场北路8号SOHO商场负一楼
Time: 14:00 Every Monday
Price: 50RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via online platform

The Beijing National Orchestra brings us a”Chinese Music Afternoon Tea” using folk music instruments to adapt classic works from film and television themes and popular songs. 

Performance: Beijing Drum Songs by Beijing Folk Art Group
北京曲艺团 “京味儿鼓曲” 专场演出

Date: November 7th & November 14th 2021
Location: Lao She Teahouse | Building 3, Zhengyang Market, Qianmen West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
老舍茶馆 | 北京市西城区前门西大街正阳市场3号楼
Time: 14:30 Every Monday
Price: 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via online platform

Watching quyi performances while drinking tea was a common way to pass the time in old Beijing. As the only professional group of folk music artists in Beijing, the Beijing Quyi Troupe is committed to the inheritance and development of this folk art. Beijing Quyi Troupe and Lao She Tea House have cooperated to put on these music special performances and present audiences with a rich variety of authentic and original drum music.

Exhibition: Lingering Appeal of Changzhou Painting School: Collected Paintings of the Changzhou School 瓯香传逸韵——中国美术馆藏常州画派画家作品展

Date: October 21st – December 5th 2021
Location: National Art Museum of China Halls 19-21 | 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Time: 9:00 – 17:00 Tue-Sun(Admission closes at 16:00)
Price: Free of charge
Payment: Reservation required via online platform :
Language: Chinese

This exhibition presents 80 paintings of the Changzhou school from the collections of the National Art Museum of China and the Nanjing Museum. Founded by Yun Nantian, paintings from this oeuvre are characterised by their delicacy and vibrancy. 

A Story of Gardens III——The Cultural and Art of Happiness and Longevity

Date: September 28th 2021 – January 8th 2022
Location: Summer Palace | 19 Xinjian Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Time: 8:30 – 19:00 (Admission closes at 18:00)
Price: 50RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via WeChat program “Summer Palace” :
Language: Chinese

The items in this exhibition span more than four thousand years, from the Neolithic to the Republic of China. The exhibits include Neolithic colored pottery, Western Zhou bronzes, Han Dynasty tiles, Tang Dynasty bronze mirrors, Song Dynasty porcelain, and Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, utensils, calligraphy and paintings. The exhibits reflect the simple aesthetics, spiritual pursuit and aspirations for a better life of the Chinese people since ancient times.

Exhibit & Performance: Peking Opera Experience (the world’s first Peking Opera Experience Hall) 亮相 · 天乐园 一站式京剧体验服务(世界首家京剧体验馆)

Date: Until December 31st 2021
Location: Tianleyuan Theatre | 68 Xianyukou Street, Qianmen East Road, Beijing 天乐园大戏楼|北京市东城区鲜鱼口街68号
Time: 10:00 – 20:00
Price: 268RMB for adults and 168RMB for children
Payment: Reservation required via WeChat program “亮相文化”:
For children:  #小程序://亮相文化/商品详情/P0sutyXtyI8nUfn
For adults:  #小程序://亮相文化/商品详情/g0yCokdU3rnz39s
Language: Chinese

Older than Peking Opera itself, Tianleyuan Theatre is a must-see location for anyone interested in Beijing culture. The theatre is now given over to the Peking Opera Experience, which combines performance, exhibits, high-tech audio visuals and behind-the-scenes glimpses at the rich history and culture of the performance art.

Beijing Opera: Farewell My Concubine 《霸王别姬》

Date: November 10th 2021
Location: Chang’An Grand Theater|  7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing 长安大戏院|北京市东城区贡院西街8号
Time: 19:30
Price: 100 / 180 / 280 / 380 / 480 / 580 / 680 / 1080RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via WeChat program “长安大戏院”:
Language: Chinese

Probably the most famous Chinese opera outside of China due to the 1993 movie of the same name, Farewell my Concubine is the opera performed by the characters in the movie. It tells the story of the defeat of King Xiang Yu, and the loyalty shown to him despite his defeat by his wife Consort Yu.  

Beijing Opera: The Lucky Purse《锁麟囊》

Date: November 9th 2021
Location: Chang’An Grand Theater | 7  Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing 长安大戏院 | 北京市东城区贡院西街8号
Time: 19:30
Price: 100 / 180 / 280 / 380 / 480 / 580 / 680 / 1080RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via WeChat program “长安大戏院”:

Written in 1940 by playwright Weng Ouhong, this heartwarming opera made the female impersonator Cheng Yanqiu a huge star in the 1940s. The story tells of an act of kindness between two women, previously strangers and each on the way to her wedding, that turned them into lifelong friends. 

Beijing Opera: Dabaoguo · exploring the imperial mausoleum · second entrance to the palace  南北京剧名家名剧 京津演出周 京剧《大保国 · 探皇陵 · 二进宫》

Date: November 11th 2021
Location: Chang’An Grand Theater | 7 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing  长安大戏院 | 北京市东城区贡院西街8号
Time: 19:30
Price: 100 / 180 / 280 / 380 / 480 / 580 / 680 / 1080RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via WeChat program “长安大戏院”:
Language: Chinese

This classic Beijing opera is all about intrigue and machinations in the Ming dynasty court.

Workshop: Gourd Painting with Cultural Keys

Date: November 21st 2021
Location: Cultural Keys Chinese Culture Centre, Songzhuang, Tongzhou
Time: 2-6pm
Price: 258 / 158RMB per person
Payment: Prepayment required via WeChat, Alipay or PayPal (+5% fee – no account required)
Language: English

Learn about the history and significance of gourds in China and then paint your gourds. They make great Christmas decorations or gifts!

Traditional Chinese Medicine Basic Course

Date: October 22nd – November 19th 2021
Location: Guoyihui TCM Center, 16 Liangmahe South Street 国医汇,亮马河南路16号
Price: 600RMB per person per class
Payment: Scan QR for more details
Language: English

There’s still time to join the last few sessions of this fascinating course on Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dr. Christin Masseli!

Which events are you looking forward to this month? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below. We always love hearing your thoughts and insights! 

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