It’s been a year since the last time I went to Beijing. I spent around 3 weeks, tried my best to explore this world-class metropolis like an expad. Sad thing is, I only managed to make one post (10 Beijing Food We Can’t Live Without) after that trip, and it was about food. Today, as I am planning my trip to Beijing again, I looked at my old pictures from last year, and they just makes me so reminiscent. That’s how this post, and some following posts come about, just to tell you some stories that I talked to every one of my friends about.
If you go to Beijing and you would like a taste of traditional culture, you might want to make a quick stop at Tianqiao (天桥茶馆) or Deyun She (德云社). Founder of these tea houses is Guo Degang, one of the most famous Xiangsheng (相声) performers throughout the history of Xiangsheng in China.
Wikipedia has an introduction in Chinese: ( English version was too brief )
Founded by Guo Degang in 1996, Deyun She gathers some of the best Xiangsheng artists who perform regularly in those tea houses, or on some bigger events like the Annual spring festival evening gala.
Xiang Sheng performers pay an extensive attention to their basic skills, the artist on the left (normally called 逗哏) did a well-known piece called 报菜名 (or, literally, stating the names of the dishes)
Also, a piece known as 报地名 (or, literally, stating the names of countries/regions)
I advice going there by taxi, tell the taxi driver that you want to go to 天桥 (pinyin: tianqiao).
Follow the official site of Deyun She for the show information: http://www.guodegang.org/bbs/portal.php?mod=list&catid=3
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