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Relish ancient opera in Zhouzhuang


Relish ancient opera in Zhouzhuang

A performer performs at the Pear Garden in Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Zhouzhuang, a renowned water town in East China's Jiangsu province, is not only famous for elegant water alley views, but also for its profound cultural backgrounds.

Kunqu Opera, one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera, originates from Kunshan, the city in Jiangsu that administers Zhouzhuang.

According to Zhouzhuang's official annals, Kunqu Opera had already become popular in the water town during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was listed as one of the "eight most beautiful scenes of Zhouzhuang".

Kunqu has remained popular in Zhouzhuang through the centuries and is now regarded as forming an integral part of water town's culture.

Its quietly melodious singing and magnificent costumes and accessories make Kunqu a magnet for many a weary traveller to rest their legs and immerse themselves in its unique charm.

In addition to Kunqu, visitors to the Pear Garden will also be able to enjoy Wuxi Opera.

Wuxi Opera, which originates from the nearby city of Wuxi, mainly tells stories of everyday life in the Chinese countryside. Its operas are famous for being simple, sincere, humorous and vivid in language, making them easily accessible for audiences.

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