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'Chongqing 1949': A Time-Traveling Immersive Journey into Heroic Tales

By CHANG CHEN|Apr 01,2024

Chongqing, a magnificent mountain city, is not only rich in cultural heritage but also carries a valiant historical narrative of heroes. To truly understand Chongqing, one must delve into its memory and spirit. If you’re visiting Chongqing, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the stage drama “Chongqing 1949.” Spend 75 minutes immersing yourself in the atmosphere of what is known as the “Heroic City.”

“Chongqing 1949” stage drama panoramic view. (Photo/Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre)

“Chongqing 1949” portrays deeply moving stories from the eve of Chongqing’s liberation in 1949, depicting patriots preparing for the dawn of a new era. The theater’s design team has profoundly explored themes of revolutionary history and regional culture, envisioning a large auditorium space where the audience and performance become one. The main structure is a hall 80 meters long, 72 meters wide, and 26 meters tall, incorporating spaces and equipment such as rotating stands and mobile stages, closely tied to the storyline’s development.

The rotating stage of “Chongqing 1949.” (Photo/Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre)

The Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre stands as the first theater in China named after a drama located in the historic Ciqikou area of Chongqing’s Shapingba District. It is a marvel of modern architecture that integrates seamlessly with its traditional surroundings. The theater boasts the country’s only 360-degree rotating stage and auditorium, innovatively intertwining performance and viewing spaces. This design allows the audience to fully immerse themselves in the performance, becoming one with the show in what is now the world’s largest indoor dynamic, immersive theater space designed to meet the unique requirements of the show.

The “Chongqing 1949” stage drama realistically restores the original appearance of Ciqikou. (Photo/Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre)

Since its debut in 2021, “Chongqing 1949” has received widespread acclaim from audiences and various sectors, earning numerous honors for its engaging and successful performances.

How to Purchase Tickets?

1. Online Official Channels:

   - Step 1: Follow the WeChat official account “重庆一九四九” (ID: gh_c44147cc0da4)

   - Step 2: Click on the “Online Ticketing” option in the bottom menu

   - Step 3: Proceed to the official mini-program to place an order

2. Offline Official Channel:

   - Visit the Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre Service Center to purchase tickets.

Seat Selection Tips:

The Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre has 1,502 seats divided into four viewing areas: A, B, C, and D. Areas A and B are rotating sections offering a more immersive experience with richer details, while C and D provide fixed seats. Seats in areas C and D are recommended for children under 1.2 meters, seniors 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those with conditions like vertigo, heart disease, or spinal issues.

Getting There:

By Metro: Take Line 1 to Ciqikou Station, exit from Exit 2, and walk 600 meters to the theater.

By Bus: Take or transfer to bus lines 202/209/215/237/501/503/504/553/805/843 and alight at Jinbi Main Street Station.

By Car: Use the navigation to “Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre Parking Lot.”


Theater Address: Right side of Jinbi Street Bus Station, Tongjiaqiao Main Street, Shapingba District, Chongqing

Ticketing and Service Hotline: 023-65003888

The modern facade of the Chongqing 1949 Grand Theatre and the revolutionary essence of the “Chongqing 1949” stage drama encapsulate Chongqing’s “revolution-themed romance” in the new era. It’s an experience you shouldn’t miss while in Chongqing!

This article is updated on April 1, 2024.


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