Chinese leaders watch Peking Opera

December 30th, 2011 - 8:54 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 30 (IANS) Chinese President Hu Jintao, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and other leaders have watched the Peking Opera at a gala here to celebrate the New Year.

The 200-year-old Peking Opera, which combines instrumental music, vocal performances, mime, dance and acrobatics, is regarded as a cultural treasure of China.

Top legislator Wu Bangguo and political advisor Jia Qinglin were among nearly 1,000 visitors who attended the program at the National Centre for the Performing Arts Thursday, reports Xinhua.

The show included excerpts from the classical Peking Opera “The Fourth Son Visits His Mother” and other traditional works.

The Unesco has listed Peking Opera as an intangible cultural heritage.

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