Crowds return to Show Life for holiday performances

Ti Gong

The Peking Opera classic “Farewell My Concubine” staged at Shanghai Grand Theater.

Instead of waiting for hours at landmark tourist sites or being jammed on intercity expressways, Shanghai resident Richard Wu chose to enrich his Labor Day holiday with concerts, movies and musicals.

During the five-day holiday, the senior employee at a downtown human resources company attended a free lawn concert presented by the China Philharmonic Orchestra, took his 3-year-old son to a puppet show at Shanghai Children’s Art Theater and watched two movies with his wife and son.

Tickets were easy to buy at multiple “Show Life” service stations, with government subsidies of up to 200 yuan (US$30.9) for each show, Wu said.

“Though we cannot travel abroad due to the pandemic, everyone is happy with the ‘cultural journey’ of downtown theaters and stages,” said Wu, 35.

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