The Ming Tombs
The Summer Palace
The Forbidden City
Other Fun Stuff
The Tea House
||I have often heard of and seen pictures of the
Chinese Opera. Something I definitely must do while in Beijing. ES advises
that these are usually 2 to 3 hours in length and if one does not speak Ancient Mandarin,
one does not have a clue as to the story line.... However, says ES, there is a
better way. We will visit the famous Teahouse of Beijing which has a dinner show
that gives the audience a taste of an opera. Off we go to the Tea House. The
picture at the left is of the front of the Tea House.
|Inside, we discovered a shadow box of one of the operas that
had played at the Tea House.
||The stage as we saw it.
||In the "old" days, since most peasants
could neither read or write, a "Story Teller" would go from village to village
to relay news of the country.
|What is a Chinese show without an acrobat. This young
lady's specialty was juggling umbrellas while laying on her back.