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Chinese leaders watch Peking Opera for New Year


08:19, December 30, 2011

Chinese top leaders Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang shake hands with artists as they enter the venue of a Peking Opera show to celebrate the New Year at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

BEIJING, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders watched Thursday Peking Opera at the National Center for the Performing Arts in a gala to celebrate the New Year.

Top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao, top political advisor Jia Qinglin, and other leaders including Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also watched the performance, together with nearly 1,000 audience.

The programs include excerpts from classical Peking Opera "The Fourth Son Visits His Mother" and a series of other traditional works.

The 200-year-old Peking Opera, which combines instrumental music, vocal performances, mime, dance and acrobatics, was regarded as a cultural treasure of China.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has listed Peking Opera as an intangible cultural heritage.

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Peter Ekström at 2011-12-3095.206.3.*
I am very glad to see the whole government of china show up at a meeting like this. Artists and overall culture can and should play an important role in support of building a stronger china with cooperation thru all levels of society to come nearer to goal that party has established.

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