Walking along the new road from the cathedral, all the way is a very distinctive house, a slope at a glance to see the Gangding Theatre (Portuguese name is Peter V Theatre; also known as the Majiao Theatre, Gangding Bolou). It is an ancient theatre located in the front of Gangding, Macao. It is recognized as the first Western-style theatre in China. In 2005, as part of Macau's historic urban area, it was included in the World Heritage List. The pale green walls stand out in other pale yellow buildings. Although the theatre is small, it is exquisite and can be visited inside. Downstairs is the rehearsal room, there is also a Chinese and Western hall, are mirrors, chandeliers. Through the hall is a row of corridors, wooden floors, floor windows, and then a narrow staircase, you can go up to the second floor to see the performance, upstairs is the seats, about 76 seats. It's one of my favorite buildings in Macau.
After seeing so many Portuguese-style buildings, I really feel that the colour of Gangding Theatre is the most beautiful! Gangding Theatre is recognized as China's first Western-style theatre and world cultural heritage, and its architecture is a neoclassical Greek revival style. On the first floor, there are people sitting around and discussing. On the second floor, the small theatre is magnificent and magnificent. As soon as we approach the sound inside the door, we begin to sing. The sound effect is absolute!!! The security guards in the theatre are friendly. The yellow building opposite the Gangding Theatre is St. Austin Church, which is under repair and is not open.
In a green theatre on a high platform, it is said that it has a history of more than 100 years, but from the appearance, the protection is still very good. There are no performances during the day, so you can visit them at will. Once in, it seems to have come to Europe in the 19th century, and the scenes seem to be reproduced in the movies. Maybe from a modern point of view, the theatre capacity is not particularly large, but I think it's a blessing for the residents around Macau to have such an old theatre still in operation in the old city.
The Gangding Theatre is near the library. It's a very obvious green building. It's a typical Portuguese building. There's a big theatre inside. It can go to the second floor. The security there is very enthusiastic. It also takes the initiative to take pictures for us. There are some dances and performances there from time to time.
There are few tourists around Gangding Theater, so you can slow down and stroll leisurely. The theatre is not big. It is known as the earliest Western-style theatre in China. It is still in use today. On the same day, there are middle-aged and old people rehearsing Cantonese opera in the hall and young people rehearsing on the stage. After visiting the theatre, you can continue to visit the historical building He Dong Library.
Gangding Theatre is the first European-style theatre in China. From the Civil Affairs Department building next to an uphill path up to 100 meters, you can see that the theatre wall is light green, very beautiful. The theatre is free to visit, and the introduction to the theatre is available at the entrance. The theatre is not big, but it is beautifully decorated. Most tourists visit the Civil Affairs Department and the Dasanba archway. Few tourists come here, but there are many Western-style buildings with colorful and quiet houses. Here is the best place for Xiao Qingxin to take pictures. The pictures taken are very beautiful. Opposite the Gangding Theatre is the Hodong Library.
Beautiful and old theatre, but also in use! Fortunately, I met the rehearsal program. It was said that there was a performance that night. I enjoyed it quietly for a while, and I felt like I was traveling through time and space. The staff inside were very friendly, and we were guided upstairs to have a look.