Sichuan Opera In Chengdu

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Swap sopranos for fire-breathing acrobats at the Sichuan Opera, a one-of-a-kind cultural performance at Chengdus Shufeng Yayun Teahouse. Youll be glued to your seat for 1.5 hours as you watch acrobats, dancers, and puppets in acts that include a face-changing mask spectacle. Depending on your preferences, you might upgrade for better seats and snacks to go with your included Sichuan tea. For the VIP treatment, opt for a Chinese massage, for an ear-grooming session, or to dress up in show costume with makeup for a photograph!


  • All entrance fees included
  • Free drinks included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Choice of seating available

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Hail a taxi (own expense) and make your way to Shufeng Yayun Teahouse located in Chengdu Culture Park. All entrance tickets include Sichuan tea service at bamboo tables and chairs, and you can upgrade to add light snacks. If youve chosen VIP seating, enjoy a chair massage or get your ears cleaned (a traditional teahouse service) before the show, or take the opportunity dress up in an opera costume and makeup for a photo after the show. (See descriptions of each VIP option in Itinerary below.)
When it's time to take your seat, turn your attention to a lively 1.5-hour show that fuses acting, acrobatics, puppetry, folk music and dancing. The Sichuan Opera derives its subject matter from Chinese classical novels, legends and folk tales. Several distinct acts Changing Faces, Spitting Fire and Rolling Light feature dazzling sets and costumes that celebrate Southwestern Chinas performing and fine arts.

During Changing Faces, perhaps the most popular routine, the actors quickly switch between different masks to portray characters personalities as the drama develops. Spitting Fire is a literal act that's distinctive of Sichuan Opera; it's also a performance that elicits oohs and ahhs from the crowd. Rolling Light involves a performer acting out a variety of routines like jumping over a bench or dancing with a fan, all the while balancing a bowl lit with fire on his head!

Other highlights include The Beauty of the World, a stick puppet show about a fairy infatuated with human life, and an act featuring shadow puppets that draws from an ancient folk art.

Hop on a taxi after the show to make your way back to your hotel.

Inclusions for Sichuan Opera In Chengdu

  • Admission ticket
  • Tea service
  • Massage, ear-grooming or photo opportunity in opera makeup and costume (VIP option only)
  • Light snacks (A-Class option only)

Exclusions for Sichuan Opera In Chengdu

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip taxi service to theater
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)


VIP Upgrade:
When you arrive at the theater, choose one of three options: a massage, ear grooming or photo opportunity in opera makeup and costume.

As you sit at your seat, relax as you receive a head and shoulder massage before the show begins!

Ear Grooming:
Get your ear cleaned by a professional ear groomer a traditional service that typically takes place at a teahouse or theater.

Costume Photo:
After the show, head backstage to see how the traditional Sichuan opera mask is applied as you dress up in costume with stage makeup. Then pose for your photograph!

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket will delivered to your hotel's front desk for pickup prior to the day of the show

It is recommended to allow 30-40 minutes for taxi ride

Instructions to the taxi driver will be included with your tickets. Before departing make sure to ask your hotel's front desk to write out the name and address of your hotel in English and Chinese, or take along the hotel's business card to facilitate an easy return trip

Taxi fare is not included in this tour

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Interesting tour. Avoid the ear cleaning before the show which is very painful.

  • Bought 2 VIP tickets , got to theater on time , told go go ticket office across the road . Was not told it was in a different location from theater. Got tickets and went to theater . They sat us in toward the back . I said no , these are too far away. I bought VIP tickets and they told me it was near the front . They said no, you wrong . They would not make ajustments to seats . I asked for a manager to get involved . The show time started and still not seated. After a while we were finally seated near the front in the corner so hard to see half the stage. There were also 12 drunk Chinese men in front of us talking loudly and using cell phones. We could not participate in 2 of the VIP options because the show already started. We missed the first part of the show. They said we can do the face painting and photos after the show so we did that even though we preferred the others. We went to the face painting area and were told a charge of 250rmb plus more money for the photos . We reluctantly paid the 250 more and opted for no photos. The whole situation made for stressful evening and cost me twice the amount agreed , so could not enjoy the show.

  • Great fun. Make up was hilarious

  • The opera was very well presented with excellent music, beautiful costumes, and great humor. Highly recommended! It is especially a good program for families with children. The drawback was the language barrier.

  • Great show!

  • We thought the opera was great. We didn't take advantage of the photo opp as we thought we would although my husband did have the quick back massage. Had excellent second row seats. Tea was very good. We had to get to the theater and back on our own - only tickets were booked in advance so be sure to have the theater info in Chinese characters for your taxi driver as well as your hotel's for the ride back.

  • the best part was to use the opera costume and the makeup.

  • Loved it! The theater is quite small which gives great view of the show regardless of where you sit. We really enjoyed the diversity of the performances. From singers, acrobats, musiciens, puppets, and of course the changing faces, it has it all. Even the comic play was really funny, though we did not understand it fully since it was in Chinese, but that tells how good the actors were. It was interesting to see that the majority of the customers were Chinese, which confirmed the traditional characters of the show - not just a touristy event. Tea is provided through the evening and we munched on the provided snacks of various beans. Both my husband and I had a blast and we recommend it to anyone visiting in Chengdu.

  • I decided to take the VIP option on this tour which included either an ear grooming, Chinese massage or make up/dress up option. We opted for the Chinese massage, which was an interesting massage.
    The environment was unique and enchanting and we were served our tea on arrival.
    The show itself was for an hour and a half but the time seemed to fly by.
    It was very entertaining and combined face changing, opera, music, tricks, a clever show with some Chinese slap stick. My favourite part was the face changing. I was truly impressed.
    A nice evening of entertainment.

  • It was nice, specially the last parts of the show

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