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China National Agricultural Exhibition Center is one of Beijing's largest exhibition centers and an important historical site. Located in the art district of Beijing, it is easily accessible from the main town. Occupying 52 hectares of land area, it provides an option of both indoor as well as out door exhibition spaces and store houses. Equipped with all the modern facilities required for art exhibitions as well as conferences, it has been home to many such events. For the convenience of the visitors, it includes dining, shopping and guesthouse facilities. It has been one of the major exhibition centers for events related to science, trade, arts and various other festivals over the years.
The Workers' Gymnasium, also known as the Workers Indoor Arena, is an impressive indoor arena. The venue can hold up to 13,000 people and has 40,200 square meters (432,700 square feet) of floor space. Completed in 1961, the arena has been renovated.
Honeycomb Theater is a spacious event venue that caters to the needs of art lovers in the best way possible. It stages theatrical performances, rock concerts, live musicals and other events on a regular basis. Artists of international renown perform here on a regular basis. Besides this, Honeycomb Theater also stages performances by upcoming artists. Besides music and theater, Honeycomb Theater hosts poetry readings and other literary events. Call ahead for further details.
Beijing's Chaoyang Theater is the place to visit if you want to soak in some Chinese culture and thoroughly enjoy yourself along the way. The theater regularly hosts the Chinese Opera. This is a place to visit for traditional Chinese acrobatic shows, and local comedy dramas. It is a truly rewarding experience to watch the Beijing opera with its colorful costumes and lively musicians.
This stadium, first opened in 1959, can hold 80,000 spectators in the stands, and 1500 athletes in the 300 rooms beneath the grandstand. One of its early functions was to host the First National Sports Meet of the People's Republic of China, and in recent years it has seen all manner of sporting and cultural events, including pop concerts. International and domestic soccer matches and other sporting events are regularly held, and the stadium was revamped for the purpose of hosting some football (soccer, to Americans) matches of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Block 8 is a new, stylish entertainment venue at Chaoyang Park's East Gate. Fashion shows, music shows, private events, dance parties, there is always something going on at Block 8. The lounge is an excellent place to see and be seen and the ambiance will make you feel like a rock star. Winner of City Weekend's 2008 Most Skilled Bartenders Award, their mixed drinks are definitely worth a try.
Fengchao Theater is Beijing's most popular theater, which not only holds theatrical performances, but has hosts live music concerts, literary readings, drama classes and other cultural activities. Quite popular amongst the theatergoers, this event venue has earned a reputation of staging some exceptional plays and aims at offering a platform to local and international artists to showcase their work to the world.
This upscale theater hosts a range of cultural productions including orchestra concerts, dance performances, opera and other musical events. Many famous performers come here during their world tours. They frequently play to packed audiences, seated eagerly in steeply banked pea-green seats. Although the acoustics are not always ideal, that should not deter a true lover of the arts.The theater is part of the Sino-Japanese Friendship complex which also houses a recreation center and the Cherry Lane movie house. Call ahead for details.
Located in the Chaoyang District Culture Center, this playhouse has nine theaters of varying sizes. The theater company tries to present innovative pieces of theater; they also host various events.
This attractive outdoor court was designed specifically as a volleyball venue for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. In keeping with China's attempts at making the 2008 Games more "green," a "sun-chasing solar power generations system" has been installed, which is a solar-energy-converting mechanism that automatically moves to match the position of the sun, thereby collecting the optimal (maximum) amount of sunshine at all times. Fun fact: 17,000 tons of sand was imported from Hainan to cover the playing ground.
Built shortly after the Forbidden City in 1409, the Imperial Granary was the storehouse for the capital's agricultural wealth. The massive complex has been put to many uses in its 600 years of use. During the Republican era it was a weapons storehouse. Now, it serves as a cultural complex of theaters, walking streets and history.
The Beijing Poly Plaza International Theater is one of the capital's premier performance venues. Foreign orchestras, revolutionary ballet, classical ballet, opera and modern dancers have also made the program here. The theater is right on the junction of the East Second Ring Road and Gong Ren Ti Yu Chang Road, and right on the subway line. Check local newspapers or phone for a schedule of upcoming events.