Sichuan Opera Half day Tour
Tour Code: CDT03
Tour Type: Private
To be met at your hotel lobby around 19:30 and then transferred to Shufengyayun Tea house or Sichuan Theater. The Opera begins at 20:00, lasts for 1.5hours. While you enjoy the Opera, tea will be served as well. Also you can pay a little bit money for a massage or have ears cleaning. After the show is over, you will be sent back to your hotel, end the trip.
Sichuan opera is one of China's oldest and most popular opera forms. Besides the traditional opera singing and stage acting, Sichuan opera is characterised by unique stunts - face changing, spitting fire, rolling lamps and stick puppetry.
Changing Faces & Spitting Fire
Changing faces & Spitting Fire are derived from Old West Shu Country and well known all over the world. Changing faces is a performa nce art technique of high-speed changing of face masks. Instead of using painted on face makeup, Sichuan opera performers change their "makeup" suddenly on the stage. Well, it's not really makeup, it's masks. They change their masks so quickly that the audience barely notices it...Spit fire is pretty obvious. The performers spit fire. There's no other way to describe it. They don't eat fire like American carnival acts, they spit it like dragons. It's startling even when you know it's coming. In the picture I took, it looks like the performer's head is on fire and you can't see his head for the flames
Stick-puppet Puppet show
Stick-puppet Puppet show is rooted from the Han Dynasty(202BC-204DC). It is a way of performing, which the puppet and performer are all on the stage. Wood-head Show in Sichuan Province and Pleading Puppet Show are most famous, and they were used as to fete the ancestors at ancient times, when they had the style of sobriety and solemn. In the Song Dynasty (960-1279) they became to be puppet show, and spreaded in the folk to be a cheerful folk acrobatics. Stick-puppet Show is specialized at both its exquisite model and difficult performing skills. Nowadays, there are few people who can perform the show.
Rolling Light is a classic clown play of Sichuan Opera. It involves doing complex physical comedy while balancing a flaming bowl on one's head. It is about husband and wife arguing over the husband's gambling. The wife kept giving the husband progressively weirder and more dangerous stunts to perform.But the rolling light guy could move his body in a few thousand ways and yet not knock that flaming bowl off his head. He looked like he was made of rubber.
Sichuan Opera is always be shown in teahouse in the evening.As you drinking tea,you can see the Opera.You can still have massage ,ear cleaning ...as well.
Trip Destionation: Shufengyayun Tea House or Sichuan Theater
The ticket price : Normal seat ( after 10th rows) 160RMBY/p.p(or 24USD/p.p)
VIP seat (6th-10th rows) 30USD/p.p
Super VIP seat (1st - 5th rows) 36 USDor 240RMB/p.p
showing time : Daily tour, 20:00--21:30