UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritages in China (Ⅲ) (5)

(People's Daily Online) 17:00, May 08, 2023

Peking opera

The item, "Peking opera" was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

Peking opera is a performance art incorporating singing, reciting, acting, martial arts.

Although widely practised throughout China, its performance centres on Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai.

Peking opera is sung and recited using primarily Beijing dialect, and its librettos are composed according to a strict set of rules that prize form and rhyme. They tell stories of history, politics, society and daily life and aspire to inform as they entertain.

The music of Peking opera plays a key role in setting the pace of the show, creating a particular atmosphere, shaping the characters, and guiding the progress of the stories.

Performance is characterized by a formulaic and symbolic style with actors and actresses following established choreography for movements of hands, eyes, torsos, and feet.


(Web editor: Zhong Wenxing, Du Mingming)


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