Peking Opera Festival Opens in Central China

The 6th Peking Opera Festival kicked off on Nov. 2 in central China’s Hubei province as part of the government’s efforts to revive the traditional artform. It would lasts until Nov. 18.

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Peking Opera, Traditional Chinese Culture

The festival will features 33 operas to be performed by 33 troupes from all over China, including renowned opera artists Mei baojiu, Yu Kuizhi and Shang Changrong.

The festival will cover a wide range of Peking opera styles, including new versions of ancient operas, modern performances and traditional operas.

“Peking opera is the quintessence of our country and a treasure that most represents traditional culture,” said Minister of Culture Cai Wu.

Peking opera, which combines instrumental music, vocal performances, miming, dancing and acrobatics, was recognized as a form of intangible cultural heritage last year by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Peking Opera

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The government established a special fund in 2005 to support key troupes around the country in developing new scripts and adapting classic stories.

The festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, has been held every three years since 1995.

(Source: China.org)

Tibet Receives Support to Become Major World Travel Destination

China’s top tourism authority will help the country’s Tibet Autonomous Region to become a major world travel destination.

Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet travel

Potala Palace Lhasa

According to a cooperative agreement signed Oct. 19 between the National Tourism Administration (NTA) and the government of Tibet, the NTA will expand assistance to Tibet and help the region further open up its tourism market.

The NTA will promote the opening of direct flights to Tibet’s capital city Lhasa from the other provincial capitals in the country and some overseas cities, according to the agreement.

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Lhasa Gongga Airport, Tibet China

The NTA will also support brand-building in Tibet’s tourist industry and carry out promotional tourism campaigns.

Tibet is often referred to as the “Rooftop of the World”. It spans the world’s largest and, with average heights of over 4,000 m, also the world’s highest plateau.

For travelers, Tibet is without doubt one of the most fascinating destinations to visit in Asia. It offers fabulous monastery sights, breathtaking high-altitude treks, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains, and likeable locals you will ever meet.

(Source: Xinhuanet)