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Sichuan Culture Opera Show in Chengdu

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Overview

Experience the mesmerizing melodies and intense action of the Sichuan Opera during a performance in Chengdu’s Shufenf Yayun Teahouse. Marvel at dazzling dancers and astounding acrobats as they deliver an extravagant spectacle of color and culture. Upgrade to enjoy unrivalled stage views from luxurious seats and pleasure your palate with snacks to accompany a Sichuan tea. For the ultimate experience, opt for ear grooming, a Chinese massage and a show costume dress up session that comes with a complimentary photograph.
  • Take a seat at Shufeng Yayun Teahouse for a delightful show
  • Be entertained by Sichuan performing arts using stick puppets, face masks, folk music, acrobatics and dance
  • Enjoy complimentary tea service and upgrade to include snacks
  • Choose from four seating options including VIP access to a Chinese massage, ear grooming or photo session!
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Tea service
Massage, ear-grooming, photo opportunity in costume or puppet experience (VIP choose 1 from above)
Light snacks (A-Class option only)
Opera ticket
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera, Qintai Road, Chengdu 610072 China
8:00 PM

Ticket Redemption Point

Shufengya Yun, 132 Qin Tai Lu, 草堂餐饮娱乐圈 Qing Yang Qu, Cheng Du Shi, Si Chuan Sheng, China, 610032
Make your own way to Shufeng Yayun Teahouse, a cultural construction located in the Chengdu Culture Park. Venture within the richly decorated building and take a seat in the position selected. If you’ve opted for VIP seating, sink into a luxurious chair and enjoy a relaxing massage and ear grooming session before the show starts. For more detailed information on each VIP option, please see the Itinerary section below. 

Hear an expectant hush descend over the crowd as the lights dim and the curtains open to reveal dazzling set design and colorful costumes. Become hypnotized as you watch a magnificent mélange of puppetry, folk music, acrobatics and dancing. See Southwestern China’s rich culture come to life through three distinct acts, which include Spitting Fire, Rolling Light and Changing Faces. Immerse yourself in tales of legend and love and watch puppet shows that depict ancient folk art while enjoying a traditional Sichuan tea service at your table. Upgrade to enjoy specialty snacks that compliment the refreshing beverages. 

Applaud raucously at the end of the show and venture to the dressing room to transform into a colorful character if you have upgraded to the VIP experience. Make your own way back to your hotel with magical memories after the show concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shu Feng Ya Yun Sichuan Opera
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 you’ve 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 China’s 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.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended to allow 30 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Samtour of Chengdu OTC Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
Fun for everyone
Terresa_C
, May 2021
Awesome experience - fun for my whole family. We each had different things that we came away enjoying the most. We got VIP tickets and sat front and center - we also enjoyed the preshow massage and shadow puppets.
star-5
Must do
Praveen_T
, Jan 2020
The whole evening was just awesome. I was provided a good seat, snacks and tea. The show has explanations in English. The show itself was amazing. So colorful.The face changing is like magic. Definitely a must do.
star-5
Sichuan Opera
Gerardo_T
, Jan 2020
Excellent place, although was not in English you can enjoy the perfomances of the actors.... Ver recomendable when you are around
star-5
Good entertainment !
Feghiu_B
, May 2019
We loved the tea and the show. It was also pleasant that some if the staff talked in english. If I return to China I will visit the opera again.
star-4
Amazing face changing
rachadatat
, May 2019
I lked the show, even though couldn't understand some acts due to language barrier. I recommend people getting VIP seating in front rows; otherwise it will a bit far from the main stage and some audience might be blocking the view, similar to what happened in my case even though I booked the A class seating.
star-5
We had a brilliant evening watching the...
Thomas C
, Sep 2018
We had a brilliant evening watching the Sichuan Opera, the performance was almost like a variety show, different performers demonstrating different techniques. The highlights were the face changing and the shadow puppets. If you go to Chengdu, make sure you see the opera!
star-4
This was my 12 year old's favorite...
Bryan B
, Jul 2018
This was my 12 year old's favorite activity we did in China. It is very entertaining for the kids.I recommend going VIP so you can sit in front and get free massage, ear grooming brother options. My kids chose to play with puppets and see how they work. It lasts about an hour and is a fun evening. Go early to walk around the area as it is a very vibrant and happening area.
star-5
Since we live in Chengdu, whenever...
Yvonne M
, May 2018
Since we live in Chengdu, whenever we have visitors, we take them here. It's an outdoor venue, but it is covered and during the winter they have mini fireplaces. I would recommend getting there early to go backstage and get made up in costume and meet the cast. Beware they will try to upsell you when you arrive or at your seat...ear cleaning, massage, etc. But definitely a must do in the 'Du!
star-1
The opera was a nice performance...
Iris K
, Mar 2018
The opera was a nice performance, HOWEVER, this was the WORST Viator experience I've ever had and I've been using Viator quite a bit. The Viator VIP option is misleading advertising / false advertising of the services provided. With the VIP upgrade, we were supposed to ... choose ONE OF THREE options: a massage, ear grooming or photo opportunity in opera makeup and costume. I chose the photo opportunity in opera makeup and costume option. After the opera staff applied the makeup, I was forced to pay an extra 100 yuan in order to have a costume. The staff had indicated to me even though I showed them the Viator voucher indicating makeup and costume that the makeup does NOT come with the costume. They said it didn't matter what the voucher said - that was their policy that if I wanted the costume, I would need to pay an extra 100 yuan minimum. I reached out to the local tour contact provided by Viator and he confirmed in an email which I still have... that I was mistaken - for the Viator voucher, it is choose one of FOUR options. I sent Viator a formal complaint via email several times and have yet to get a response from them. As I'm looking through this tour, it still says the SAME THING - choose ONE OF THREE options - I want to caution everyone thinking about the doing the VIP package to be ready to pay for the costume if you are looking to do the makeup and costume option because it's not included even if you show your voucher. And one more tip - whatever option you choose, you should plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the show starts because my other travelmates chose the massage and the theater staff said that we can get the massages after the show, but after the show, the entire theater was emptied out with no massages available. So while we had paid for the VIP package, other than the seats, we did not get any of the stated VIP options. This was a very disappointing experience. Viator needs to either sort it out with their supplier and make sure the VIP option includes makeup and costume or Viator needs to charge more to make sure costume is included or Viator needs to put a note indicating that guests will need to pay for the costume separately.
star-5
The opera is fascinating experience...
Therese_J
, Mar 2018
The opera is fascinating experience in Chengdu. I especially like the hand figures and the face changing. Worth a visit.
star-4
A lot of fun :D! My daughter and I...
Christina J
, Mar 2018
A lot of fun :D! My daughter and I especially loved the shadowplay, facechanging and acrobatics. The shadowplay was brilliant! I could easily have watched that act for hours! The only downside was the language barrier in the 2 opera acts. We were still able to enjoy the music, costumes and makeup during those parts though :
star-4
Interesting tour. Avoid the ear...
Nicole H
, Feb 2018
Interesting tour. Avoid the ear cleaning before the show which is very painful.
star-1
Bought 2 VIP tickets , got to...
vicsconcierge
, Dec 2017
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.
star-5
The opera was very well presented...
Joseph M
, Aug 2017
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.
star-5
We thought the opera was great. We...
Sandeep Y
, Apr 2017
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.
star-5
the best part was to use the opera...
the t
, Feb 2017
the best part was to use the opera costume and the makeup.
star-5
Loved it! The theater is quite small...
Patricia P
, Dec 2016
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.
star-4
I decided to take the VIP option on...
deborah H
, Oct 2016
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.
star-5
I really liked the show, would...
Amelia O
, Jun 2016
I really liked the show, would recommend seeing it.
star-5
The Sichuan Opera was fantastic...
Adrianne W
, Jun 2016
The Sichuan Opera was fantastic! Definitely a must see in Chengdu!! The whole night was very entertaining!

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