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Chinese Shadow Show
Activities in Beijing

Chinese Shadow Show

  • English English
  • 1 hour

Puppetry for the old and young alike! With this Chinese shadow show in Beijing, you'll discover a more than 2000-year-old tradition. A perfect plan for the whole family!

Chinese Shadow Show

The Chinese shadow show will take place at the Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel at 8 pm. The show will last for 30 minutes, split into two acts, and will be performed in English. But, what really is a shadow show?

Also known as a shadow play show, or a shadow puppetry show, this is a very popular type of performance in Asian countries such as Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Thailand and, of course, China. It is a spectacular form of theatre acted by colourful silhouette figures made from leather or paper, accompanied by music and singing which narrate Chinese history and legends.

This is such an incredible art form, that in the year 2011 in was inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity​. There is no doubt that it deserves this recognition; you'll have never seen anything quite like it! Plus, after the show you'll have the chance to meet the puppeteer and, with his help, you'll learn about how this show is performed and you'll even get to try it for yourself.

This wonderful experience will, unfortunately, come to an end at 9 pm. 


Per person Children under 2 years old
Chinese shadow show
US$ 27

Chinese shadow show

  • Per person

    US$ 27
  • Children under 2 years old


More Information


1 hour.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


Tickets to the Chinese shadow show.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 27
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Meeting point

Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel


Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.