The Grave of “China’s Shakespeare” Has Been Found

One of 42 Ming-era graves unearthed in Fuzhou is believed to belong to Tang Xianzu, who penned ‘The Peony Pavilion’. Archaeologists in China’s Jiangxi Province...

Chinese Composer Plays From Rural Roots to Serenade Oscars, Golden Lions

At the turn of the millennium, the surprise blockbuster hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon took American and European awards shows by storm. For Tan...

How China Influenced Western Classical Music

Western classical music has made its way into concert halls and conservatories in most major cities in China. It has also crept into traditional...

History of Chinese Opera

Since the time of the Tang Dynasty Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712-755), who created the first national opera troupe called the "Pear Garden," Chinese opera has...

Compulsory Peking Opera course questioned

China's latest effort to promote traditional culture among its younger generation has raised controversy in a nation where diverse opinions and options are gaining...
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Spring River in the Flower Moon Night

Zhang Ruoxu (張若虛) was a Chinese poet of the early Tang dynasty from Yangzhou in modern Jiangsu province. He is best known for "Spring...
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Huangmei Opera

Once called the "Huangmei Tune" or the "Caicha Opera", the Huangmei Opera is one of the most famous traditional operas in China. As a local...
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Huangmei tone: Eighteen miles away

Huangmei or Huangmei tone (黃梅戲 or 黃梅調) originated as a form of rural folksong and dance that has been in existence for the last...
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Butterfly Lovers

The Butterfly Lovers is a Chinese legend of a tragic love story of a pair of lovers, Liang Shanbo (梁山伯) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台),...
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Legend of the White Snake

The Legend of the White Snake, also known as Madame White Snake, is a Chinese legend which existed in oral tradition long before any...

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