The National Centre for the Performing Arts, also known as NCPA, was designed by French architect Paul Andrew and completed in 2007. The main building contains three performing venues: The Opera House, The Concert Hall and The Theater.
The exterior steel-structured oval shell is made of over 18,000 titanium plates and over 1,000 sheets of ultra-white glass, being one of the biggest domes in the world. Just outside the NCPA there is a crystal-like artificial lake that can’t freeze in winter and prevents algae from growing in summer. This lake creates a beautiful reflection, especially by night when the NCPA changes colors.
The Opera House, the Concert Hall and the Theater are the three performance venues inside the center. They are separated halls, yet are connected by air corridors. The Opera House with golden color as its main hue is the most magnificent building inside the NCPA. By the east side of the Opera House sits the Concert Hall where the large-scale symphonies and Chinese traditional music are performed. The silver white color makes it elegant and serene. The design of the Theater has a distinct Chinese traditional style, where traditional Chinese operas, stage plays and national songs and dances are performed.
In order to gain entry to the center, please show the provided voucher on ticket office of Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts. There you will be able to redeem your voucher for entrance tickets to enter the center.