Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Beijing Opera(China Peking Opera)

Peking opera of China is a national treasure with a history of 200 years. In the 55th year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty(1790) ,the four big Huiban opera Troupes entered the capital and combined with Kunqu opera, Yiyang opera, Hanju opera and Luantan in Beijing's thearetical circle of the time. Through a period of more than half a century of combination and integration of various kinds of opera there evolved the present Peking opera, the biggest kind of opera in China, whose richness of repertoire, great number of artists of performance and of audiences, and profound influence are incomparable in China.

Peking opera is a synthesis of stylized action, singing, dialogue and mime, acrobatic fighting and dancing to represent a story or depict different characters and their feelings of gladness, anger, sorrow, happiness, surprise, fear and sadness. In Peking opera there are four main types of roles: sheng (male) dan (young female), jing( painted face,male), and chou (clown, male or female). The characters may be loyal or treacherous, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, their images being vividly manifested.

The repertoire of Peking opera is mainly engaged in fairy tales of preceding dynasties, important historical events, emperors, ministers and generals, geniuses and great beauties, from the ancient times to Yao, Shun, Yu, the Spring and Autumn Period, the Warring States Period and the dynasties of Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing.

The music of Peking opera is that of the "plate and cavity style".Its melody with harmonious rhythms is graceful and pleasing to the ears. The melody may be classified into two groups: "Xipi" and "erhong", guiding pattern, original pattern, slow pattern, quick pattern, desultary pattern being their chief patterns. The performance is accompanied by a tune played on wind instruments, percussion instruments and stringed instruments, the chief musical instruments being jinghu (a two-stringed bowed instrument with a high register), yueqin( a four-stringed plucked instrument with a full-moon-shaped sound box), Sanxian( a three-stringed plucked instrument), suona horn, flute drum, big-gong, cymbals, small-gong, etc.

peking opera masks

The costumes in Peking opera are graceful, magnificent, elegant and brilliant, most of which are made in handicraft embroidery. As the traditional Chinese pattern are adopted, the costumes are of a high aesthetic value.
The types of facial make-ups in Peking opera are rich and various, depicting different characters and remarkable images, therefore they are highly appreciated. Moreover there are numerous fixed editions of facial make-up.
Since Mei Lanfang, the grand master of Peking opera, visited Japan in 1919, Peking opera has become more and more popular with people all over the world, and it has made an excellent contribution to cultural exchange between China and the West, to friendly association and to improvement of solidarity.

Peking Opera house of Beijing has been invited to perform in U.S.A., England, France, Germany, Italy (three times), Australia, Japan( four times), Brazil, Turkey, Singapore, South korea and Hongkong (five times). The performances have made an outstanding contribution to Sino-foreign cultural exchange and to the promotion of friendly association of peoples in the world, and were highly appreciated by foreign audiences.

In 1993 Peking Opera House of Beijing as a big Peking opera troupe made a performance visit to Taiwan, pushing the cultural exchange to a new height.
Peking Opera house of Beijing is willing to participate in activities of international cultural exchange and of commercial performances and sincerely hopes that friends in various countries will make contacts with us about cultural exchange and performances.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

May Day Holiday Travel Destinations, Travel in Spring!

The May Day Holiday is coming soon, do you have a excellent plan about where to travelNow here recommend you some places to go in spring, may you all have a good time in China!

Beijing is the capital of China, the center of Chinese politics, culture and international communication. Beijing is also a famous historical and cultural city which attract tourists from all over the world. Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Bird Nest, Water Cube and more landmarks make Beijing a charming and popular travel destination.

Red, yellow, blue, green…… Yunnan is a colorful place in our imagine. But when you come here, you can find Yunnan is a place which is covered with white. In Yunnan, there are 25 ethnic minorities, learning different culture about different minorities you will be attracted deeply. Besides, Yunnan is a world consists of flowers, camellia, cuckoo, lily and more famous followers make Yunnan a beautiful garden. Come here to feel the fresh air, you will have an unforgettable Yunnan travel.

Guilin is the world famous scenic city, it is located in the southwest of Nanling Ridge, its famous “Karst” landscape become rare wonder all over the world. As a common saying , Guilin’s scenery is the best all over the world.  

As tourists know, Xian is an old city with rich culture, it is the famous one among the four famous ancient capitals, at the same time, it’s the cradle of the Chinese nation, the birthplace of Chinese civilization and the representative of the Chinese culture. In Xian you can appreciate the Terracotta Warriors, the Bell Tower and the famous Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and many other landscapes, which attract a large variety of tourists to appreciate.

The May Day holiday 2012 is coming soon, do you want to have an happy holiday travel in this spring ?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lijiang Trip In China.

   Lijiang,a most charming tourist destination in yunnan.

    The mornning of lijiang is quiet,an old women who is going to shopping,some relaxed travellers and the sunshine down from the eaevs,a charming landscape is formed.Fresh air give you the most comfortable felling.

   After 15:00 every afternoon ,lijiang come into a busy status.Many travellers go to the street,buying some memoriable presents,seeing the most beautiful scenery or taking a photo with best friends.There are  many handsome boeys ,pretty girls ,besides for the original landscape,they also become another scenery。

    Darkness enveloped,lijiang show  another status.People come together ,listening t the most moving story in the small town.Many people come back to lijiang after many year's hardworking,they love the quiet pace here ,they miss the fresh  air and charming status.

   Time comes by ,lijiang become the destination where time stop.Felling the lesuir states,you will love your lijiang trip in China.