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Peking Opera to be staged for Lantern Festival

A show featuring Peking Opera performances will hit the stage of Beiyang Theatre, Jinan, Shandong province on Feb 26 to celebrate the Lantern Festival.

The Lantern Festival (or Yuan Xiao Festival in Chinese) is a traditional Chinese festival of great significance that falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. The festival marks the end of New Year celebrations.

Two classic zhezixi (highlights of Peking Opera) shows – The Crossroads (Sanchakou in Chinese) and The Emperor Teases a Beauty (Youlong Xifeng in Chinese) will be performed by outstanding actors, offering opera lovers a chance to enjoy traditional Chinese Peking Opera.

The Crossroads  is a popular traditional Peking Opera repertoire that originated from the folk story of generals of the Yang family in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is also a Peking Opera classic that focuses on Wusheng, an actor playing a martial role in Chinese operas.

The Emperor Teases a Beauty details the pursuits of Ming Dynasty Emperor Wuzong (1491-1521). Wuzong left the Forbidden City in civilian clothes followed by a eunuch before he fell in love with a beautiful young lady named Li Fengjie.

Ticket prices will be discounted for local residents. The highest ticket price is 50 yuan ($7.74) and the lowest ticket price is 20 yuan.

Strict epidemic prevention measures will be implemented. Audience members must display their health QR codes, wear masks, and have their temperatures taken before entering the theater.

Address: No 1 Tonghui Street, Jinger Weisan Road, Jinan (济南市经二纬三路通惠街1号)

A scene from Pecking Opera The Crossroads  [Photo/jinan.e23.cn]

A scene from Pecking Opera The Emperor Teases a Beauty [Photo/jinan.e23.cn]

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