Sichuan Opera

Chengdu Sichuan Opera House

Sichuan opera, which features the mask-changing and fire-spitting tricks, has won its popularity and fame across China. If anyone is to visit Chengdu, to watch this mask-changing opera is a very good choice to spend your evening time in Chengdu. Sichuan Opera is a one-thousand-year Shu Culture abd a hundred-year long folk art.

Sichuan Opera - Mask Changing

What to see in the show?


Naotai is the penning of Sichuan Opera. The assembles of gong, drum, chime produce a simple tune as a start of Sichuan Opera by blowing, pulling, plucking and beating.

Puppet Show

This is a silent show of a puppet without singers or players. The performer use only his pair of clever hands to control the puppet to make different and sometimes difficult movements resembling a real person playing in a show and trying to tell a story usually about love.

Hand Shadow Show

Within minutes the performer can form the shapes of different animals like rabbits and horse by a pair of hands.

Rolling Light

It is a local Sichuan Drama that is famous among local people. It tells a story between a gambling-addicted husband and an aggressive wife. Rolling light is the way the wife uses to punish her husband in the yard. It is a deep-root cultural fact in Chengdu when we say a “Soft-ear” husband is usually afraid of his wife and listens and does what his wife says.

Face-changing and Fire-spitting

This is the highlight of the opera show. To find out more one is suggested to go there by yourself.

Sichuan Opera Costume

Where is the Opera house?

It is located on the traditional Qingtai Road 2km west to the city center. While on the Qingtai Road, you need to make a turn by the gate of the Culture Park. The house is located inside the park.

When does the show start?

It has a show every evening starts by 8:00 pm. The show usually lasts for about 80 minutes. Normally you are suggested to arrive there early for example by 7:30 pm if you have booked a higher-level seat. Because with the higher-level seats, you can enjoy one of their free services include a 15-minutes’ massage, ear-cleaning service or getting dressed up as a drama figure from the show or to have the figure’s make-up on your face by the workers there.

How much is the show? How can I book a seat?

There are in total 4 different levels of seats: VIP seats (RMB320), 1st Class seats (RMB240), 2nd Class seats (RMB180) and 3rd Class seats (RMB140). The seat needs to be booked in advance. You can contact us to book discount tickets for you.

Suggested time of stay 1-2 hours

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