Traditional Chinese opera is a form of musical theatre in China with roots going back to the early periods in China. It is an amalgamation of various art forms that existed in ancient China, and evolved gradually over more than a thousand years, reaching its mature form in the 13th century, during the Song dynasty (960–1279). Early forms of Chinese theater are simple, but over time they incorporated various art forms, such as music, song and dance, martial arts, acrobatics, costume and make-up art, as well as literary art forms to become traditional Chinese opera. The Liyuan Theatre was co-run by the Beijing Quianmen Hotel and Peking Opera Theatre. This is without a unique entertainment experience very different than what you will be used to with western entertainment norms. The costumes, dance and martial artist moves and the high pitched singing tell stories from the ancient Chinese past.