Trip Review for China

Shadow Play

Shadow Play, also known as Shadow Puppetry, is a kind of Chinese ancient opera, which uses flat figures(shadow puppets) to create the impression of moving humans.Shadow puppets are cut-out figures which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include … Continue Reading →

Visual Performance Elements of Peking Opera

Visual performance elements Peking-opera performers utilize four main skills. The first two are song and speech. The third is dance-acting. This includes pure dance, pantomime, and all other types of dance. The final skill is combat, which includes both acrobatics and fighting with all manner of weaponry. Performers should use … Continue Reading →

Peking Opera

Known as China’s national opera, Peking Opera is a synthesis of music, dance, art and acrobatics coming from Anhui and Hubei Provinces. It was first brought into Beijing in 1790 for the birthday of the Qianlong Emperor. Peking Opera was originally staged for the court and only made available to … Continue Reading →


Kunqu, known as the “teacher” or “mother” of a hundred operas, was developed during the Ming Dynasty (14th-17th centuries).Kunqu had a wide influence on other Chinese theatre forms, including Jingju (Peking Opera). Chinese Kunqu The emergence of Kunqu ushered in the second Golden Era of Chinese drama. However, by the … Continue Reading →

Tang Xianzu

Tang Xianzu is a renowned Ming Dynasty playwright, born in a family of scholars. Being perspicacious and bookish, he displayed his talents at the age of 12, became a successful candidate in the imperial examinations at the provincial level at the age of 21, and a successful candidate in the … Continue Reading →