PEKING OPERAChina has many local operas.Peking opera is one of them.It has a history of over 200 years.This opera was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty courtIt uses a combination of stylized actions like singing, dancing, dialogue and acrobatic fighting to tell a story or present different characters and their happiness, anger, sorrow, surprise, fear and sadness.
FICTIONS AND NOVELSFICTIONS AND NOVELSFour great classical novels:Four great classical novels:Journey to the WestJourney to the WestDream on Red ChamberDream on Red ChamberRomance of Three KingdomsRomance of Three KingdomsWater MarginWater Margin
JOURNEY TO THE WEST (MONKEY KING)Author: Wu Cheng’en 吳承恩Written in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty
Journey to the Westis a household legend and myth throughout East Asia, especially China, and among Chinese throughout the world. It is based on the real life monk Xuan Zang's (also known as Tripitaka or Tang San Zang) pilgrimage to India, to fetch back some Buddhist scriptures. Nonetheless, this fictional retelling focuses on San Zang's first disciple, the monkey king, Sun Wu Kong, who captured readers' hearts and imagination with his bold, daring, and mischievous personality. He was also very rebellious..
Journey to the West is about Tang San Zang's journey to the west and the difficulties he and his disciples face in between. It is overflowing with magic, demons, gods, immortals, and scrumptious action and adventure! It has lots of humor and some angst (anxiety) as well. Monkey King Wu Kong and the other disciples, a pig demon Zhu Ba Jie and the river demon Sha Wu Jing, have to battle hordes of demons, who all want their master because his flesh will give immortality to anyone who eats it.
DREAM ON RED CHAMBER ( THE STORY OF THE STON)Author: Cao XueqinWritten in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty.
Dream on Red Chamber is believed to be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the rise and decay of author Cao Xueqin's own family and, by extension, of the Qing Dynasty. As the author details in the first chapter, it is intended to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and servants. The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese aristocracy
ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMSAuthor: Luo GuanzhongWitten in the 14th century, a historical novel set amidst the turbulent years near the end of the Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history
The focus is mainly on the three power blocs that emerged from the remnants of the Han Dynasty, and would eventually form the three states of Wei, Shu, and Wu. The novel deals with the plots, personal and army battles, intrigues, and struggles of these states to achieve dominance for almost 100 years. This novel also gives readers a sense of how the Chinese view their history in a cyclical lens. The famous opening lines of the novel summarize this view:
WATER MARGINS ( ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS)Author: Shi NaianWritten in 14th century