So imagine: you have 12-hour jet lag, you were up early, visited the Temple of Heaven, had a filling lunch, visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in the blazing sun, had a filling supper and are bussed to a tourist-oriented short-form presentation of Peking Opera.
What do you do? You fall asleep. As did most of my fellow travellers! That’s why I have no pictures of the first short opera presented that night.
Peking opera or Beijing opera (simplified Chinese: 京剧; pinyin: Jīngjù) is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. The form was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. (Google it if you want to learn more.)
Next post: The Great Wall of China and our second full day in and around Beijing.