Kunqu Opera

Kunqu Opera: No. 14 Zhangjiaxiang, Gusu District, Suzhou

Kunqu Opera is an old opera originated from Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, which has a history of more than 600 years. Although performed in Suzhou dialect, Kunqu Opera is also popular in Yangtze River delta including Shanghai and Hangzhou, as well as Beijing. It has been regarded as the mother of other operas in China, for it has far-reaching influences on most of Chinese operas in artistic presentations, use of facial makeup, division of roles, and many other ways. It plays an important role in the Chinese history of literature, opera, music and dance.