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Old October 2nd, 2007, 10:51 PM   #41
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The pipe organ is amazing!!!!

WOW... I love that building.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 02:11 AM   #42
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I think its amazing building!

And to those criticizing the location... I was in Beijing last year when it already had the glass cover. I think its hidden between the trees pretty well, you can barely see it from the nearest tower of the Forbidden City. And while driving/walking around you can only see it when you arrive closer to its location. Really it doesnt cause any clashes with other architecture... It is perfect location.
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Old October 3rd, 2007, 07:03 PM   #43
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very amazing
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Old October 21st, 2007, 05:43 AM   #44
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Foreign journos get sneak preview of Beijing's Grand Theatre
Oct 19, 2007
By Clarissa Oon, China Correspondent, In Beijing


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Dubbed 'the egg', it sits as if half-submerged in its own artificial lake, west of the Great Hall of the People and Tiananmen Square


Foreign journalists were given a sneak preview of Beijing's National Grand
Theatre last week. The theatre, designed by French architect Paul Andreu,
is the biggest of its kind in China and will open to the public in late
December. -- PHOTO: AFP



ITS domed roof -- a futuristic patchwork of thousands of laminated glass and titanium panels -- is the largest in China and its three performance halls are all world-class.

Beijing's National Grand Theatre resembles a giant glittering egg, nestled in the centre of an artificial lake, west of the Great Hall of the People and Tianamen Square. The entire space is at least three times the size of Singapore's own performing arts jewel, the Esplanade.

When the theatre opens to the public in late December, visitors will enter via an underwater corridor and emerge into a vast foyer.

Two of the theatre's halls -- a 2,416-seat opera house and 1,040-seat theatre -- recently wound up over two weeks of trial performances for invited guests. The finishing touches are still being put to the third venue, a 2,017-seat concert hall.

Foreign journalists were given a sneak preview of the national theatre last week.

Clearly, no expense has been spared in the construction of the capital's cultural showpiece, but the controversy that dogged the building of the 2.7 billion yuan theatre is now expected to extend to its programme and management.

'Ten years ago, everyone was arguing about the theatre's design and cost. Today the debate is over its significance and influence,' opined a recent commentary in the online version of Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily.

'We will work out an equitable pricing system so that as many audiences as possible can enjoy high quality arts performances in the National Grand Theatre,' the theatre's media director Zhu Jing said last week.

Until now, though, the programme for the theatre's year-end opening festival remains a mystery.

Media director Ms Zhu would say only that 70 per cent of the shows come from China, with the rest from the United States, Russia, France and other countries.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 05:07 PM   #45
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Old November 13th, 2007, 05:57 PM   #46
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Its really nice. The only concern is the outside only got a plain design. They need to put something in it like some Chinese arts or some light shows to make it look better.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #47
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If you stand in front of this building it's size is so impressive. No light shows please.
It has its beauty from itself and does not need anything extra.

For me this is one of the best new buildings in the world.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 08:36 PM   #48
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stunning design!!!
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Old December 4th, 2007, 09:02 AM   #49
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pictures originally posted from "The Guardian" web site, so artistic.

Thanks to peterpan55, beijingupdates.com






















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Old December 4th, 2007, 10:58 PM   #50
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Wow! That is absolutely beautiful. Are each one of those of those stages sound-proof from one another?
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Old December 5th, 2007, 01:52 AM   #51
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No, you might get three concerts at the same time for the price of one! Ain't that great?






















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Old December 5th, 2007, 03:25 AM   #52
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I'd think that would be bad. Too much noise. Either they sound-proofed them or they don't plan to have more than two events at once. One of them better be sound-proof at least.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 04:16 AM   #53
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have some fun Bandit, YP was joking. But I like your idea of "don't plan to have more than two events at once"
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Old December 9th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #54
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Very very beautiful!
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Old December 11th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #55
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 04:24 PM   #56
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i hate this ugly monster for two reasons,first,it's located right in front of the forbidden city,to its right is the mommunist congress hall(or maybe something else,whatever,they all look alike),i am fully aware of the fact that most people have come to accept contrast,actually i am not conservative by any standard,but this one,the contrast between ultra modern and and soviet commie style is too stark for me
in addiction,china isn't as rich as you may think it is,most people,even those living in beijing,are still struggling in poverty,relative poverty that is,which means they can afford most nessecities in life but going to the theater is still regarded luxioury entertainment that only the privileged few can enjoy,occassionally.more over it's not traditional for chinese people to go to theater,i say this because i am one of them.we'd rather choose other forms of entertainment when we have the money and time,when it's done,i bet most of the time it will stay empty,and the maintainence of such a gigantic thing will definetely cost a lot no matter it is empty or not,where do you expect those money come from???TAX PAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.so i can't help but wonder:apart from to please some high-rank officals with bad taste for buildings .why we need such a huge theater in the center of beijing?????????
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:16 PM   #57
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wow! beautiful!
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 05:42 PM   #58
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This is art.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 06:41 PM   #59
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Amazing design and cladding. It kind of reminds me of a Bugatti Veyron.





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Old January 4th, 2008, 06:07 AM   #60
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why this Bugatti look so dirty
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