Adam: Let's play a game. If you introduce several theaters in Xiamen to me, I'll explain why I'm asking.
Li Mei: Okay, you've piqued my curiosity. I'll tell you about two theaters, the Banlam Grand Theater and the Jiageng Theater.
Adam: I guess they must be representative of the best Xiamen has to offer?
Li Mei: I think so, my family and my friends often go to them. I know there are other great theaters in Xiamen like the Cangjiang Theater, too.
Adam: Ok, so tell me more about the Banlam and the Jiageng.
Li Mei: The Banlam Grand Theater is also known as the Minnan Grand Theater. Minnan is a term that stands for southern Fuijian, an area that typically includes Quanzhou, Xiamen and Zhangzhou. The theatre chose the name to indicate it's representative of Fujian culture.
Adam: That's ambitious. It must be pretty state of the art.
Li Mei: Indeed. It's one of Fujian's largest theaters and has more than 1,500 seats. It opened in 2012 and has hosted performances by everyone from Piano Prince Li Yundi to the Russian National Orchestra.
Adam: Fantastic. Where is it?
Li Mei: It's at the Cross-Strait Financial Center, which is just north of the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center.
Adam: Oh, that's easy to find.
Li Mei: And then there's the Jiageng Theater.
Adam: I guess it's named after Chen Jiageng (Tan Kah Kee), the overseas Chinese businessman and philanthropist.
Li Mei: You got it. This theater is in Jimei, which was his hometown.
Adam: Is it as impressive as the Minnan Grand Theater?
Li Mei: Absolutely. The theater and its facilities cover more than 60,000 square meters in a seven-story building. The theater includes architectural elements that marry Western and Chinese elements such as Roman pillars juxtaposed with red tile roofing.
Adam: The theater sounds fit for world-class performances.
Li Mei: I once saw a performance there by Russian singer Vitas, who became a household name in China after his performance during the televised 2011 Spring Festival gala.
Adam: Oh, I know him. His high notes and vocal range give me goose bumps.
Li Mei: So, that's two theaters in Xiamen. Now, why do you ask?
Adam: I have a crush on a Xiamen resident who is a big fan of live theater. I want to invite her to watch a play. It will be our first date and I want to get it right.
By By Sun Shaowen